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So long, Maryem

Our beloved Maryem has run off back to Switzerland in search of new adventures! She will be hugely missed by us all, but we're confident there are many great things on the horizon for her.

She added a slice of glamour to the PRSC, with a fabulous new outfit for each day she was here. This huge sense of individualism and flair came bursting out of every ceramic creation she made for us. Showing true depth of skill, her range of unique ware (available below, get them while you can!) is an explosion of all things Maryem: classic, classy and colourful, but all with a huge sense of fun and adventure.

"I am happy I got to work with fun people for three years, you made my time here and my leaving party (!) very memorable. I was always treated as a valuable and equal team member and friend, and not looked down for my young age. Also I was always able to say what I wished to do, as it was important for everyone to be happy in their doings. I never imagined I'd spend my working days decorating china, let alone making a whole ceramic table top. The PRSC is a place where everyone is welcome, and I'll surely come back to visit soon :) "
- Maryem Meddeb, June 2021 -

Ancient Wisdom Unique Medium Jug
Ancient Wisdom Unique Medium Jug
Unique Surrealist Teapot
Unique Surrealist Teapot
Lady Square<br> <br> 
Lady Square
The Mimic<br> <br> 
The Mimic

Happy (official) Birthday Queenie!

This Saturday is the Queen's Official Birthday, celebrated in the UK by Trooping the Colour and announcing a list of people deemed 'honourable'. Kinda wish we got a bank holiday instead, like many Commonwealth countries enjoy!

To mark this special occasion, the moment you've all been waiting for... a brand new edition of our ever popular I Eat Swans mug, fresh from the kiln!

Also presenting How the Other Half Lives - Royal memorabilia like you've never seen it before! All or nothing, it's a cheeky comment on the growing divide between rich and poor. Choose from a teapot, a large tankard or this unusual oval dish.

How the Other Half Lives Large Tankard
How the Other Half Lives Large Tankard
How the Other Half Lives Teapot
How the Other Half Lives Teapot
How the Other Half Lives Oval Bowl
How the Other Half Lives Oval Bowl
Noble Descent Bowl
Noble Descent Bowl
I Eat Swans Mug
I Eat Swans Mug
£12.00 - £15.00

Events @ PRSC

So excited, our first event is this Saturday! If you are looking to hire our venue for your own event, we still have some room in the calendar - head over to the Space Venue Hire page for our full price list, policies, availability, and application form.

Fill Me In Presents:
Big Issue Jeffs Big Weekender!

Fri 11 - Sun 13 June @ midday - 11:45pm // £2 donation // More »
Fill Me In are back for a BIG weekender of contemporary art from the creme de le creme of the local and International art movement that continues to transform our culture, all in the heart of Stokes Croft!

Release Your Ecstatic Vibe Machine

Mon 14 June @ 5:30 - 7:30 PM // £10-20 // More »
Your body is an ecstatic vibe machine. Enter a journey of movement, voice, and meditation; learning practical techniques to engineer flow states through dynamic yoga, pranayama, and meditation. This is a profoundly silly and revitalizing adventure in joy.

The Big Goodbye Lockdown Hello Life Multi-Birthday Bonanza

Sat 10 July, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM // £6.50 // More »
Four courses of sizzling hot soul food, delivered straight to your ear ways by The Makings, The Suspicious Jazz Roll-Ups, The Gyrators and Stuey Mood.

No Great Crime: Bristol’s Arresting Art

Wed 21 July - Sun 1 August // Free // More »
An exhibition looking at the struggles and strife of creating street art in Bristol; celebrating the value and beauty of street art and rejecting the hypocrisy of the approach to it by the Bristol authorities.

Stokes Croft Food Project are looking for volunteer cooks!

The Stokes Croft Food Project Pay-what-you-can Community Café is looking for regular volunteer cooks to make Tuesday lunches. No commercial experience is necessary, and we will provide you with food hygiene training and qualifications. If this interests you please get in touch -

Creative Careers Graffiti & Photography Course from CYN & PRSC

The next Creative Careers course from Creative Youth Network is now open for 16 - 25 year olds to sign up to. Working with the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft once again, this course isn't just for those who are creative, it's for those who find themselves out of education, employment or training and would like to get involved in something fun, positive and to give them a routine whilst developing a network of peers. For more info or sign someone up, please email

Colston (Dis)continued

Photo credit: Colin Moody

Into the harbour, now into a museum

Dredged up from the bottom of Bristol Harbour, the toppled statue of slave trader Edward Colston now lies on display in the M Shed. Although we're now marking a year since the statue went down, Bristolians were protesting against the adulation of Colston long before last summer; Bristol Radical History Group offer up an expanded timeline of events, and have some thoughts to share about what is - or more specifically what isn't - included in the M Shed display. Meanwhile David Olusoga puts things into a historical context with his Guardian opinion piece, and some self-proclaimed statue saviours try to block-book all the tickets to M Shed so that nobody can see the statue. Ignore them, the M Shed are allowing walk-ups where possible so go see it for yourself.

The People’s Platform

Launched on Monday's anniversary, The People’s Platform allows you to see augmented reality statues and works of art on the empty plinth, just by walking around it and holding up your phone. Submissions for artworks are still open in case you're feeling inspired! Find out more »

A Year Since Colston - What Next?

In this panel discussion hosted by the St Pauls Carnival team, activist Jen Reid, Colin Moody, Micheal Jenkins, Cleo Lake, Ngaio, and a teacher and student from Montpelier High School (formerly known as Colston Girl's School) will be discussing A Year Since Colston. Sat 12 June, 15:00 – 16:30. Find out more & register »

We're Glad Colston's Gone

The Glad Colston's Gone coalition are inviting individuals, groups institutions & campaigns to sign their Statement of Support for the Toppling of the Colston Statue & for the Four Colston Defendants. Read the full text here, then sign by adding your name to the Facebook post, messaging them via FB or IG, or emailing

The group are also still raising money for the Bristol Topplers’ Defence Fund, as the four defendants are facing a costly jury trial in December. Donate here »

Glad Colston's Gone commemorative mugs are also still available from the Hidden Corner Cafe, on Bishop St (just off Portland Square).

Behind the scenes

Here's a sneaky peek at what's been going on in our yard this week...

Things To Do

Bristol Refugee Festival

Running until June 20, Bristol's annual Refugee Festival kicked off last Sunday with speakers and music live at the Bristol Beacon. In place of their usual big event in Queens Square, they've curated a series of smaller events, happening both in person and online. Check their website for full details »

Write On, Bristol!

A new online creative writing group writers of all backgrounds and experiences, run by Bristol Libraries, giving you the time and space to develop your creative practice. Every other Wednesday, 2pm. Find out more & register »

Online talks with Bristol Museums

These upcoming talks from the Bristol Museums programme sound pretty interesting... Artist talk: Heather Agyepong – Too Many Blackamoors (10 June), Stories via Sleeve Art: Bristol sound from a visual perspective (17 June), Bristol dockers strike of 1949 in support of Canadian Seaman (22 June), and Class war in 1892: Bristol dockers and Black Friday (23 June) are all free to attend, but advance booking is required.

What Does It Mean To Be an Emerging Creative Today?

This panel discussion explores the challenges and barriers young people are currently facing in the creative industries. Mon 14 June, 18:00 — 19:00. Find out more & book tickets »

I am Echoborg

The PRSC's all time favourite AI interactive theatrical performance is evolving yet again! "Genuinely exciting and technically challenging", the return to in-person shows allows the theatre audience and remote online participants to work together. Thu 17 June, 18:15. Find out more & book tickets »

Dreaming in the Big Top

Cirque Bijou and Theatre Bristol invite anyone working in live performance in Bristol who is ready to think about the future of theatre and the role they want to play in it, to join them for an event that will hold space for dreaming, enable us to think about reopening after the pandemic, and consider how we build a fairer, more inclusive arts and culture scene. Thu 17 June, 09:45 – 13:00. Find out more & book »

Black Lives Still Matter

This free, interactive session looks at the history of racism and the invention of whiteness, the inequality of outcome experienced by the Black community in the UK today, and asks "how can we act to effect real, lasting change?". Tue 22 June, 19:00 — 21:00. Find out more & book »

Art and Ecology: Exploring Creative Responses to the Bee Decline

As extinction crises become an increased focus of contemporary environmental conversations, creative projects that engage with stories of loss have emerged as a visible fixture of the cultural and creative landscape. Rosamund Portus argues that creative explorations are well-placed to engage in the world as forms of intervention, interrupting people’s relationship to extinction crises and serving as a catalyst for change. Tue 29 June, 15:30 – 17:00. Find out more & register »

THIS IS THE WORK: Whose Culture?

The inaugural conversation in a series of events, training and workshops hosted by Rising Arts Agency, exploring what it means to ‘do the work’ of inclusion, anti-racism, community support and structural change. Wed 30 June, 13:00 – 15:00. Find out more & register »

We Are From Dust

Explore ideas of play, protest, transition and transformation at We Are From Dust, an interactive art park at Ashton Court Mansion. Visit any time from now until December, though there is a special evening event coming up with walkabout circus performances and large-scale soft robotic sculptures. Sat 17 July, 19:00 — 22:00. Find out more »


Part of a PhD study investigating recovery from substance abuse, our latest mural wall features a series of photographs of "people, places and things which are meaningful". Taken by participants in the study, the intimate images reveal positive, negative and neutral aspects of recovery.

Have Your Say

North Street Green: Better Without Billboards

Adblock BS3 are campaigning to remove two huge billboards on North Street Green. Find out how you can support the campaign or sign the petition »

"Time for the UK to deliver real leadership"

Greenpeace are pressing the Prime Minister to deliver real leadership on climate change, touching on fossil fuels, finance, forests, and fairness. Sign the petition »

Greenpeace have also just launched Operation Ocean Witness, coinciding with World Ocean Day yesterday, and are urging you to share their video with your MP

Opt out of the government sharing your health data

Matt Hancock is slyly trying to sell all our health data again. This time they've increased the amount of data they're seeking, and will potentially allow identifiable information to go out - Full Fact point out the distinction between pseudonymising and anonymising. Even medical professionals are shocked by this data grab. If you want to stop your GP data leaving your GP practice for purposes other than your direct care, you can find instructions for opting out here - but you need to do so by June 23!

A new look for Docklands

Docklands Community Centre in St Pauls are redesigning the facade of their building - help them out by casting your vote on what you think is important for the outside of a community centre.

Community News

BASE Infoshop is back!

BASE Infoshop is a not-for-profit collective that has been providing radical, alternative literature and culture for over 25 years. The infoshop promotes critical thinking and analysis, and stocks a wide range of progressive political, anti-capitalist and anarchist books, pamphlets and music.

Re-opening tomorrow (with cake!), the Infoshop will be running every Thursday evening from 6-9pm at BASE, on Robertson Rd in Easton. Find out more »

Are you an unpaid carer?

Throughout the pandemic unpaid carers played an essential role supporting older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends. This Carers Week (7 to 13 June) anyone who looks after someone is encouraged to get a Carers Assessment.

All carers are entitled to a Carers Assessment on an annual basis. It is a chance for you to talk openly about the impact caring has on your life. It will give you space to think about how caring affects your physical and mental wellbeing and how this may change in the future. It’s the first step towards making sure you get the practical, financial and emotional support you need.

To find out more about how to access an assessment or a review, contact CarersLine, call: 0117 965 2200 or email:

Stop Gambling Adverts

The council has already banned gambling advertising from Bristol's streets and buses, but the team behind this new poster campaign want to take that nationwide.

"We are not being evangelical about banning gambling, but feel if tobacco advertising has been so successfully banned (with people still continuing to smoke), surely the same could apply to gambling adverstisments".

Jobs & Opportunities

Current Job Vacancies

Studio Manager @ Jamaica Street Studios
Part-time, freelance, around 15 hours/week, £10.50/hour. Closing date: Sun 13 June.

Play Streets Information and Support Officer @ Playing Out
4-5 days/week, £21-£23,000 pro-rata. Closing date: Mon 14 June, 09:00.

Creative Youth Worker (South) @ Creative Youth Network
Part-time, 20 hours/week, £11,642. Closing date: Mon 21 June, 09:00.

Admin Assistant @ Lo-fi Games
Part-time, 25-30 hours/week, £12-14/hour. Closing date: Mon 28 June.

Network Producer @ Pervasive Media Studio
Full-time, £31,200. Closing date: Fri 2 July, 17:00.

Through the Lens

Loving these colours, and the sentiment.
Might be waiting a while!
More lush colours & layering
An exhibition of negative space (prepping the mural wall for Photovoice)

Throughout everything our work with rough sleepers continues. Please click on the button below to support this ongoing work.

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