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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2019 in pictures

Once every couple of weeks down at the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft we get asked “So what exactly is it that you do here anyway?” to which the answer is usually “erm… well… I guess…. lots of things?… good stuff…”. So in case you’ve been wondering the same thing, here is a little (non-comprehensive) look back at what we did in 2019.

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Oh Bollocks, it’s Christmas

We’ve tried not to mention the C-word too much recently, but as it’s now December there’s really no escaping it. So here’s how we’re celebrating the festive season at PRSC and Stokes Croft China this year…

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The Twittering Machine: Bristol Launch w/ Richard Seymour

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In surrealist artist Paul Klee’s The Twittering Machine, the bird-song of a diabolical machine acts as bait to lure humankind into a pit of damnation. Leading political writer and broadcaster Richard Seymour argues that this is a chilling metaphor for our relationship with social media. Through journalism, psychoanalytic reflection and insights from users, developers, security experts and others, Seymour probes the human side of the machine, asking what we’re getting out of it, and what we’re getting into.

The Everyday Launch Party

February 1 @ 8:00 pm - 1:00 am

We’re teaming up with Echo World to bring you an unforgettable night at The Everyday launch party. Expect the best energy you’ll find anywhere in Bris that night with beautiful decor, a masterpiece of a drinks list & music to get you dancing. Whether you’re coming to find out more about the mag or just want to boogie, all are welcome.

The People’s Comedy

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

On the first Friday of every month, the People's Republic of Stokes Croft present a revolutionary event: the UK's only sociopolitical comedy night, where Bristol's satirists deconstruct the power paradigm to comedic effect, and the acts ACTUALLY get paid. A fantastic night of political, social and cultural comedy featuring some of the most exciting grassroots comedians of Bristol and beyond - come and join the revolution!

BristoLatino print issue launch

February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The launch party of BristoLatino's first ever print issue, featuring an exhibition with the Feminist Archive South, Latin American DJs, and a small market with local arts and Latin American food stalls.

China Decorating Workshop

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 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.

Hostile Environment Book Launch with Maya Goodfellow

February 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the Bristol book launch of Maya Goodfellow's 'Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats'. As refugees drowned in the Mediterranean, the UK Government proudly announced that the aim of its immigration policy was to create a ‘hostile environment’ for undocumented immigrants. Despite study after study confirming that immigration is not damaging the economy or putting a strain on public services, migrants continue to be blamed for all the UK’s ills. How did we get here?

People’s Art Fair: Modern Love

February 14 @ 6:00 pm - February 15 @ 6:00 pm

Come get loved up at PRSC with an arts fair celebrating the beautiful diversity of 21st century love, featuring original artwork, performances, market stalls and creative activities. Free entry! Art exhibition opening and live music 6-9pm Friday 14th February. Art show and creative market 12-6pm Saturday 15th February.

Bristol Artist-Led Forum

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We believe Bristol artist-led initiatives are the vibrant, ever-changing creative energy fueling this city. We also believe the DIY sector would perhaps benefit from a supportive, organised, peer-to-peer network. Keep it Simple and Give to Get is the motto! We thought we could gather together, Bristol artist-led people, to discuss possible ways to collaborate, and share skills, ideas, and best and worst practices, in order to support each other rather than to compete. Our belief is that we are stronger when we are united, clear in our aims, confident in our shared resources and organised.

Bristol Transformed Festival 2020

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - March 8 @ 10:00 pm

Bristol Transformed returns for its second festival, bigger and better than before. Bringing radical ideas and culture to the heart of Bristol, we'll be covering everything from how to organise in your community, through to radical approaches to data justice. We will also be dedicating March 8th, International Women's day, to the discussion of the most pressing feminist issues of our time. There will be parties, live podcasts, art and food, showcasing the world that we can win if we come together and organise. We'll be joined by the biggest names and most interesting speakers from the British left and beyond.

China Decorating Workshop

March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 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.

People’s Art Fair: March Open Exhibition

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - March 14 @ 6:00 pm

Open call for artists, performers, musicians, workshop leaders and creatives who want to be involved in our monthly arts fair, featuring an exhibition, market, activities, performance etc. See The People's Art Fair for details of how to get involved.

YardArts presents: Stuff & Nonsense

March 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

This is a cabaret of Stuff & Nonsense, anything goes! From music to circus, spoken word to traditional Chinese jar throwing, expect the unexpected, at this consortium of performance. With a raffle and fully stocked bar, you have everything you need for an evening of entertainment!

School of Activism 2.0

April 3 - April 17

We define activism as ‘Active Citizenship’. The process of taking care of and taking part in your community. Don’t be a victim of circumstances. Change them.
PRSC invites you to the School of Activism this Easter, a two week programme of talks, workshops and events for all the family, designed to empower and inspire you to change the world.

‘Class Power on Zero-Hours’ book presentation by AngryWorkers

April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Six years of workers’ inquiry and organising in the west London badlands. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Street Photography with Colin Moody

April 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

See the city afresh with this three hour workshop from a passionate and prolific Bristol street photographer Colin Moody, peering into the hidden corners of Stokes Croft and searching for the true spirit of this unique neighbourhood. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Rebel Story Time for Kids

April 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A classic story reading session for children - across two mornings Lisa and Sue will be reading a story of social justice or rebellion to fire the imagination. After the reading there will be a creative challenge - drawing your favourite character or writing what will happen next. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

People’s Art Fair: Activism

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - April 11 @ 6:00 pm

Open call for artists, performers, musicians, workshop leaders and creatives who want to be involved in our monthly arts fair, featuring an exhibition, market, activities, performance etc. See The People's Art Fair for details of how to get involved. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Rebel Story Time for Kids

April 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A classic story reading session for children - across two mornings Lisa and Sue will be reading a story of social justice or rebellion to fire the imagination. After the reading there will be a creative challenge - drawing your favourite character or writing what will happen next. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Monopsony Capitalism Book Launch with Ashok Kumar

April 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This book explores the combination of capital's changing composition and labour's subjective agency to examine whether the waning days of the 'sweatshop' have indeed begun.

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