We organise creative workshops

Come and have a play! This summer, PRSC organises workshops on puppet making, china decorating, street photography, and graffiti.

We promote art in the community

PRSC curate an outdoor gallery in Stokes Croft, with our own wall on Jamaica Street attracting local and international artistic talent.

We improve and bring life to our urban environment

We make radical fine bone china

Our artists make experimentally decorated china right here in Stokes Croft, using new and salvaged ceramic transfers.

We campaign for local issues

Since 2007, the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft – PRSC – has worked tirelessly to promote civil liberty with a particular focus on public space. Sweeping, painting and speaking out are part of their resistance to zealous overregulation of independent initiative. Their lead has arguably encouraged others to do the same and, as a result, Stokes Croft remains a hub of confident and creative dissent.

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PROPER BRISTOL – POSTCARD COMPETITION

No more Bridge. Easy on the Balloons... Those pictures of the Suspension Bridge, hot air Balloons and Harbourside. Those statues of slavers, soldiers and politicians, those demonstrations of wealth and power seep into our very marrow. Those corporate billboards...

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Post for Turbo Island

If Stokes Croft doesn't engage with the World Cup, the World Cup comes to Stokes Croft. And this in proper Stokes Croft style. Turbo Island got a delivery, and an unconventional one at that. Who said you need a residence to have mail sent to you? The content of the...

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Children’s Puppet Making Workshop – ages 4-11

July 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on August 16, 2018 at 2:00pm

Strange things are afoot in Stokes Croft this summer… The king is uneasy, the princess is in her tower, the black prince is sharpening his sword and the soldiers are getting restless. But the story can’t begin without you! Kids needed to help assemble the characters and to help them to boldly step into the story! ____ Workshop includes making the puppets, learning how to use them and putting on a puppet show. All materials provided. Each child will be able…

Things We Do Not Know – Workshop Performance

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Things We Do Not Know is an exploration of female street sex workers in Bristol. Using verbatim theatre and music, the play looks at how these women turn to sex work to survive. The piece began development two years ago in collaboration with Bristol-based charity One25. The charity works to help women get off the streets and find freedom from violence, poverty and addiction. (https://one25.org.uk/). After three very successful runs in different Bristol performance venues, including the Bearpit sea container,…

Alongside this film screening, PRSC welcomes Kat from the Bristol Cable to share the realities of cooperativism in Bristol today and Joel Lazarus from the Bristol Learning Coop about the possibilities of creating a cooperative college or university. Can We Do It Ourselves focuses on economic philosophy with an emphasis on the concept of economic democracy. The film helps viewers understand the difference between a market economy in which consumer demand drives a company's supply of goods and services, and a capitalist economy in which private owners control production and hold a right to the profits. There is strong support for the potential promise of a democratic economic model in which workers have more of a say in business operations than either market or capitalist models. Input from European and American economic experts as well as general consumers helps to unveil the complexities of these economic models by presenting the potential benefits and pitfalls of each. Many of the interview subjects argue in favor of greater democracy in the workforce, highlighting a need to establish a system that emphasizes the importance of workers' welfare.

Can We Do It Ourselves? – Bristol Premiere

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

A Swedish film about economic democracy. Alongside this film screening, PRSC welcomes Kat from the Bristol Cable to share the realities of cooperativism in Bristol today and Joel Lazarus from the Bristol Learning Coop about the possibilities of creating a cooperative college or university in the city. Can We Do It Ourselves focuses on economic philosophy with an emphasis on the concept of economic democracy. The film helps viewers understand the difference between a market economy in which consumer demand…

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Kids Vs Adults Paint Jam, and Mosaic Making – For All Ages

August 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

drop-in activity, entry by donation Sat Aug 4th 1-4pm Who makes the coolest paintings? Where does the artistic skill lie in your family? You can finally answer these difficult questions once and for all at the PRSC kids versus adults family paint jam! If paint isn’t your medium, then take a dip into mosaic making using some of the broken china generated in our china shop.

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China Decorating Workshop

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on June 10, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on July 15, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on August 5, 2018 at 1:00pm

Spend a relaxing afternoon creating a uniquely decorated piece of fine English bone china! Choose your piece and collage as many images and as much text as you like from our unrivalled collection of historic and new water-slide ceramic transfers! The price of a workshop includes a fine English bone china mug, transfers and firing. If you want to make something else, choose from a selection of other pieces of fine English bone china ware available at an additional charge…

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Summer walk: Reading the streets

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Chris Chalkley, Founder of the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, presents a personal perspective on the ongoing visual debate that takes place on the walls of and through the architecture of Stokes Croft. The urban environment is an ever evolving space, a battleground for ideas where multiple voices compete for attention. Street signage and corporate advertisements jostle for position with gig posters, graffiti tags, throw ups, paste ups and “pieces”. Stickers cover lamp posts and street furniture. Political expression is everywhere,…

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Mosaic Making Workshop – For All Ages

August 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Thursday August 9th 1-3pm At PRSC and Stokes Croft China we try very hard to look after all our stock and we really hate waste, but life is never neat and accidents happen. So what to do with all our broken china? Step forward mosaic artist Rocio… In this 2 hour workshop, open to all the family Rocio will lead you through the process of creating new, unique, beautiful artwork out of our broken china. ___ All materials provided. Each…

"Concrete Soldiers Uk" tells the story of the destruction of council estates, the social cleansing of those who live there - and the inspiring resistance of tenants, leaseholders and other committed to the ongoing existence and availability of social housing. The screening will be accompanied by an exhibition on the London housing crisis from photographer Lisa Furness. The film, by Nikita Woolfe, focuses in particular on the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, where the destruction is already underway, but is being challenged, and Central Hill and Cressingham Gardens in Lambeth, both threatened with destruction. In all three cases, residents are fighting back, and giving hope to others whose homes are threatened, both in London and across the UK. "Three years ago I was looking at all the new developments in London and was surprised to see how much of the construction happened on old council estate land. I started wondering why the councils wanted to sell off their valuable assets and whether there were alternatives.... That's how Concrete Soldiers UK began... - Three years later and Concrete Soldiers UK is not only answering my questions but it has also become a film about the fighting spirit that I encountered on the way. I was so impressed by people and their tireless campaigning in situations which often ended with a negative outcome. It's easy to see why people would become discouraged and just give up. But some haven't and some even managed to succeed in their campaigns. That's what Concrete Soldiers UK is all about." Nikita Woolfe

Concrete Soldiers – Bristol Premiere

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Concrete Soldiers is a film by Nikita Woolfe about the social cleansing of London in the name of regeneration, and about the tenants who are fighting back. Narrated by journalist and activist Andy Worthington, who will be attending the screening and the Q&A session afterwards. The film will also be accompanied by an exhibition on the London housing crisis from photographer Lisa Furness. 'Concrete Soldiers UK' tells the story of the destruction of council estates, the social cleansing of those…

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Street Photography Workshop – Ages 12-18

August 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monday August 13th 1-4pm See the city afresh with this workshop from a passionate and prolific Bristol street photographer Colin Moody. In this 3 hour workshop we will explore Stokes Croft, peering into the hidden corners and searching for the true spirit of this unique neighbourhood. The workshop will introduce new techniques for capturing urban life as Colin shares his own approach to the subtle art of street photography. Visit Colin's helpful blog for weekly injections of street photography tricks and techniques:…

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Children’s Puppet Making Workshop – ages 4-11

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on August 16, 2018 at 2:00pm

Strange things are afoot in Stokes Croft this summer… The king is uneasy, the princess is in her tower, the black prince is sharpening his sword and the soldiers are getting restless. But the story can’t begin without you! Kids needed to help assemble the characters and to help them to boldly step into the story! ____ Workshop includes making the puppets, learning how to use them and putting on a puppet show. All materials provided. Each child will be able…

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