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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Who Killed the Bearpit?

At the end of last week the occupants of the Bearpit were suddenly evicted, and the whole space fenced off. We at the Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft were as surprised as anyone. Maybe more so, as Bristol City Council had signed documents with us, including...

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Carriageworks and Westmoreland House Development

You may be forgiven for thinking that the plans were finalised for the Carriageworks development, given that the old buildings are gone now, but the developers are trying to sneak through some dramatic last minute alterations. On 16th May this year, PG Group, using a...

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Elemental

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - November 17 @ 6:00 pm

An exhibition of 2D and 3D art showing a personal interpretation of mental health, masculinity, and the changing role for men in contemporary culture.

Cagematch

November 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on November 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Hosted by renegade improv team Jazz Police, two teams fight head to head to win the coveted and dangerous Cagematch. The audience declare who wins. The winner returns next week to defend their title against a new opponent. Who will come out victorious by the end? You decide.

Panel Discussion: ‘Is Zero Suicide Achievable?’

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

‘Zero Suicide’ is an aim; an aim to reduce the rate of suicide to zero. This goal has been pursued in a number of places worldwide, with work taking place across communities and organisations to collaboratively tackle suicide and deliver a reduction in suicide rates. In some places, at times, a rate of zero suicides has been successfully achieved. This panel discussion will explore the concept of zero suicide and whether we can, or should, seek to achieve this goal.

Cagematch

November 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on November 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Hosted by renegade improv team Jazz Police, two teams fight head to head to win the coveted and dangerous Cagematch. The audience declare who wins. The winner returns next week to defend their title against a new opponent. Who will come out victorious by the end? You decide.

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Frequently Asked Questions LAUNCH PARTY

November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the launch party of "Frequently Asked Questions", a new exhibition by Anthony Luvera, which graphically presents research about support and services available to homeless people across dozens of local authorities. Featuring performance by Rising Voices Recovery Choir.

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Frequently Asked Questions Exhibition

November 27 @ 10:00 am - December 12 @ 5:00 pm

What can you expect if you’re homeless and ask your local council for help? Frequently Asked Questions, an ongoing project created by Anthony Luvera and Gerald Mclaverty, lifts the lid on the twists, turns and bureaucratic dead ends faced by Britain’s most vulnerable people.

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Make Them Count

November 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A confidential and safe space to ask questions about homeless deaths and remember people we have lost, hosted by Museum of Homelessness.

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Rough State: A Panel Discussion with FAQ and the Bristol Cable

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Taking exhibition Frequently Asked Questions as its basis, The Bristol Cable and PRSC are hosting a public discussion that will explore the broader context around homelessness in Bristol. Featuring a range of contributors, including councillors and frontline service workers this event will explore the structural barriers to housing and different questions relating to homelessness today including structural barriers to housing, support services and societal attitudes. The event will include opportunities for audience members to join the discussion with speakers.

Bristol Green Party Comedy Night

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

As part of their fundraising efforts towards the upcoming elections the Bristol Green Party are delighted to announce a comedy night for members and friends alike. The headline set will be local sketch troupe, 3 time Edinburgh fringe veterans and BBC radio regulars Up the Antics, plus there will be stand up from a hand picked selection of Bristol’s finest comedians, line up TBC.

Cagematch

November 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on November 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Hosted by renegade improv team Jazz Police, two teams fight head to head to win the coveted and dangerous Cagematch. The audience declare who wins. The winner returns next week to defend their title against a new opponent. Who will come out victorious by the end? You decide.

PRSC Outdoor Exhibition

December 5 - December 22

The PRSC Outdoor Exhibition is designed to provide an outlet for aspiring and established artists to showcase and sell their work, and to offer to the public the opportunity to purchase artworks at an affordable price. As well as providing a canvas for artists to exhibit their work and experiment with weatherproof techniques, the outdoor gallery aims to give local communities and passers-by a sense of ownership of the public space, challenging established ideas of private property and commercial enterprise. Hanging the work outside will mean it is vulnerable to vandalism and theft, therefore trust and respect are central elements of this exhibition.

PRSC Outdoor Exhibition Launch Party

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us in the PRSC Yard as we celebrate the launch of our Outdoor Exhibition. Get a bit messy with our paint jam, or just warm yourself by the fire whilst enjoying some music.

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STRATA: A Visual Assembly for Homelessness with IC Visual Lab

December 7 @ 10:00 am - December 8 @ 5:00 pm

STRATA: A Visual Assembly for Homelessness is designed as a laboratory of images, a critical space to re-think the images we create and use to represent homelessness, the different approaches to its production, consumption and circulation.

China Decorating Workshop

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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One event on October 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on January 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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 unrivaled collection of historic and new water-slide ceramic transfers. You will be shown by one of our experienced workshop crew how to apply the transfers to create your own design. Choose from two sessions: 1 - 3pm or 3.15 - 5.15pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: PRSC & Friends

December 13 @ 5:00 pm - December 15 @ 5:00 pm

Redirect your consumption! Support the arts! Shop local and independent! Head on down to PRSC this weekend for a Christmas shopping cornucopia of arts and crafts from PRSC staff and friends, along with music, creative activities and a festive party vibe. Opening Friday evening from 5pm, 12 noon til late on Saturday then 12-5pm on Sunday.

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Lower the Bar

December 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

LOWER THE BAR is back for its fourth annual event by unpopular demand. Poets will be delivering the worst material you've ever seen, in what is by far the worst poetry event of the year. Expect uncomfortable hilarity, bizarre variety, crappy metaphor and terrible performance.

China Decorating Workshop

January 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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One event on October 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on January 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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 unrivaled collection of historic and new water-slide ceramic transfers. You will be shown by one of our experienced workshop crew how to apply the transfers to create your own design. Choose from two sessions: 1 - 3pm or 3.15 - 5.15pm.

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Improv 101 (Trust & Support) – Bristol Longform Comedy Course

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Perfect for beginners. In this course we focus on the core essentials of improvisation. We learn to trust our own ideas, listening to others, and having the confidence to initiate spontaneous scenes. If you are a comedian looking to improve you craft, a writer looking for inspiration, or someone who just wants to try something new, this course is for you!

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Improv 201 (Truth) – Bristol Longform Comedy Course

January 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Create engaging scenes. We focus on playing real characters, and exploring in the moment. We learn how to act truthfully in scenes, and how to construct a platform through world exploration. The final class will be dedicated to the Montage format. If you are a comedian looking to improve your craft, a writer looking for inspiration, or someone who just wants to try something new, this four week course is for you!

Steal As Much As You Can: Bristol Launch w/ Nathalie Olah

January 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

For many, the 2010s have been a lost decade. Tory austerity has created suffering for millions, as well a generation beset with financial insecurity and crisis. Yet our TV, film, music, art and literature have never looked so rich, or so posh. During a period of immense struggle, the experiences of the majority have been pushed to the margins of our collective culture by the legacy media and its satellite industries – making it hard, if not impossible, to challenge…

China Decorating Workshop

February 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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One event on October 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on January 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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 unrivaled collection of historic and new water-slide ceramic transfers. You will be shown by one of our experienced workshop crew how to apply the transfers to create your own design. Choose from two sessions: 1 - 3pm or 3.15 - 5.15pm.

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