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The People’s Art Fair cannot be stopped!!!

Thanks to the confused messaging coming from our bloody government it is unclear whether we will be allowed to let more than six people at a time into the Space from Monday onwards.

That notwithstanding, we continue to move ahead with the plans to open the Peoples Art Fair this Friday.

We anticipate that the new law will limit groups of more than six people being able to enter the show together, but should not reduce our overall capacity (already limited to 25 for social distancing purposes). As soon as we have clarity on our legal status, we will act accordingly. In the worst case scenario we will have to only allow six people into the show at a time.

Twenty-five diverse and talented artists will be showing off their work at the People’s Art Fair, featuring everything from landscape painting to metal sculpture, photography to sticker art.

They are: Brick Project, Dan Petley, Gabrielle Ruffle, Wistful Horizons, Colin Moody, Lisa Travers, Beatriz Leonardo, Oshii, Naomi Clarke, Guy Radcliffe, Zlyzab, Slawek Rzewuski, Beautiful Things In Foreign Lands, Daniel Jones, Bev Milward, Maryem Meddeb, Disphoria Art, Black Rose Arts, Shane Meszaros, Mark Skelton, Merran Coleman, Object... and Zamzam.

The PRSC and all our crew will continue to ensure the safety of our artists and visitors through social distancing, mask wearing and limiting capacity to 25.

Don’t let the pandemic, or the tories ruin another wonderful weekend.
Come along, show solidarity, help keep our venues alive and support your local artists.

Opening night: Friday 11th September 6 – 9pm.

Open 12 – 6pm daily from Saturday 12th through to Sunday 20th September.

Late opening until 9pm Thursday 17th September.

Free entry.

We're back!

Not that we ever really went away, but the Stokes Croft China shop is now open five days a week, with a brand new layout and plenty of pandemic precautions in place. You can now visit us in person to browse our extensive collection of fine china and beautiful artwork:

Monday - 12-4pm
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 12-4pm
Thursday - 12-4pm
Friday - 12-4pm
Saturday - 11am-4pm
Sunday - closed


We knew our I Eat Swans design was popular, but we didn't realise how many of you had contributed to this insta-collection of your fave Queenie mug! Check out #ieatswans to see more glorious pics of the Chief Swan-eater out in the wild.

Meanwhile, in the workshop, in-house designer Bev Milward has been busy making the big, beautiful platters below, collaging together vintage ceramic transfers with modern elements in her own distinctive style.

The World is Upside Down Platter
The World is Upside Down Platter
Order online
Big Spoons and Little Spoons Oval
Big Spoons and Little Spoons Oval
Order online

PRSC out & about

We support a whole range of activities around Bristol by lending kit out - paints, rollers, ladders, our bangin' bin sounds system. Here's just a few things we've helped out with lately...

Block party on an empty plot of land between developments at the bottom of Stokes Croft

RAW paint jam at Dare2 last weekend, featuring artwork from Object...

Our sound system went off to Galgwarn, a skate and social event ran by womxn for womxn, down at the M32 Skate Park last Saturday.

"In yet another male dominated scene, we want to create a space for all womxn to feel accepted and encouraged, uplifted n supported in our skate escapades.These social spaces are for womxn of all backgrounds and flavours, with music provided by a variety of local femxle djs. Crafts, artwork and clothing stalls ran by femxle creators. Galgwarn is a community space, a place to groove to some tunes, spread love, and kick some wicked flips."

Environmental activist groups from the ‘Brandalism’ network, which includes Adblock Bristol, have launched a national campaign of billboard and bus stop ads parodying traditional car adverts, such as the one below on the St Werburghs mini-roundabout. Read more about #AdBrake on Street Art News, Forbes and Bristol 24/7.

The Rebellion Continues

Extinction Rebellion have been busy acting up all over the country... and the world! Check out their news page to see what they've been getting up to, and watch the two videos below for further insight. If you'd like to support the hundreds of recent XR arrestees you can donate to the legal fund here »

People = Power with George Monbiot
Stories From The Rebellion
Watch it here »

David Goldblatt on Barclays Football
Watch it here »

"This is fucking brilliant!" ★★★★★
Sue Kilroe, Aged Agitator

The Art of Action

That Art Gallery are currently hosting The Art of Action, an exhibition of worldwide poster art featuring artwork from USA, Colombia, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, & Brazil, and showcasing artists from Tristan Manco’s recently published book ‘The Stencil Graffiti Handbook'. Open 11am - 6pm Tuesday to Saturday until 24th September.

Two Billboards Outside Cat & Wheel

Famed Bristol street photographer Colin Moody's new book The Great Bristol High Street, Glorious Gloucester Road was launched Monday evening with a socially distanced gathering in front of two brand new billboards promoting the independent traders of Gloucester Rd, a collaboration with Out of Hand.

Elsewhere around town...

Sign up for your free ticket to The Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address 2020, a livestream with Mayor Marvin Rees reflecting on the last four years of his mayoralty and plans for the future, in conjunction with the Festival of Ideas. He is joined by youth mayors Alice Towle and John Wayman, and Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet. Find out more & book tickets »

Stop the sale of the Rastafari Culture Centre

There's plenty of controversy surrounding Bristol City Council's proposed plans to sell what is currently the Rastafari Culture Centre on Grosvenor Road in St Pauls - you can read more about it via The Bristol Cable and the Bristol Post - if you'd like to lend your support then you can sign the petition here »

Arts news from Bristol Creatives

Keep an eye on Bristol Creatives for a wide range of arts news and opportunities from across the city. Read more here »

... and from further afield

Applications are now open for The Landworkers' Alliance's 2021 Mentoring Programme, matching new entrants to the farming industry with experienced mentors across the country. Find out more & apply »

CFP Virtual Education Conference: Keynote and YouTube announcement for December 2020 virtual event. Find out more & apply »

Job Opportunities

This week in pictures

The new mural wall we hinted at last week is finally complete, and well worth spending some time in front of - The Invisible Worker have collected lockdown tales from precarious workers so there's plenty to read.

Last Friday we held our first socially distanced People's Comedy show - a sell out! Our newly painted floor helped people keep in their 'bubbles', and we had face masks and comedy-themed visors in abundance.
Superstar Tony Fortune has been painting up a storm.
Loving these rainbow paint flecks from a bit of maintenance in the yard.

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

Donate to support our homeless community
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