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Workshops Taking Place in November & December

Autumn Term 2014

Saturday 13th September - Saturday 13th December

Details of all the courses and workshops are available on the courses page of our website. You can enrol by paying over the phone with a credit or debit card, by sending us a cheque with an enrolment form, or you can pop in and see us at reception.

Due to popular demand we have got two great new Christmas workshops for you coming up on the 6th December.

Paper Cut Tree Decorations and Cards10.00 - 1.00pm

Flash Fiction10.00 - 4.00pm

Saturday 15th November

How to Succeed with Sudoku10.00 - 1.00pm

Illustration Station10.00 - 4.00pm

Friday 21st November

Using Your Digital Camera Workshop Improvers10.00 - 4.00pm

Saturday 22nd November

Indian Fusion Belly Dancing1.00 - 4.00pm

Saturday 29th November

Introduction to Photoshop for Photographers10.00 - 4.00pm

Samba2.00 - 4.00pm

Saturday 6th December

Feature Writing 10.00 - 4.00pm

Saturday 13th December

Eastern Aromatherapy10.00 - 4.00pm

Sound Meditation10.00 - 4.00pm

Thank you for your continued support of the Folk House and we hope to see you all soon!




Folk House Festive Flea Market

Saturday 13th December

10.00am - 4.00pm


Folk House Hall

Join us for our annual Festive Flea Market where our lovely local and independent stall holders will be in full swing!! They will be selling everything from vintage clothing & accessories, records, books, bric-a-brac and toys plus gifts such as cheese and homewares. The cafe will be serving up delicious treats and it'll be the perfect place to find those unique and special presents just in time for Christmas!

We are not taking anymore bookings for stall but if you are interested in future markets please email with photos of what you intend to sell. Thank you!




The Big Knit

Join us for an evening full of knitting tea and cake, in the Folk House cafe.

Learn a new skill, meet some new people and contribute to us making a shed load of these little hats to raise money for Age UK.

Drop in anytime between 4 - 8pm and knit a hat. We will post them off to Innocent by the 12th December so you have plenty of time to do some knitting at home. Innocent smoothies then add the hats to their smoothie bottles and for each one sold 25p will be donated to Age UK.

Come along bring your friends and be a part of this great fundraising event.

Wednesday 26th November 4pm-8pm - Bristol Folk House Cafe



Student Exhibition

The Student exhibition is a mixed media exhibition showcasing the work of some of the Folk House art students.

A selection of work from students on Portraiture, Watercolour, Experimental Art, Oils and Acrylics can all be seen side by side.

A bright and colourful show.

Showing now until the end of November 2014 - in the café bar



'I'm Staying'

After a public vote we very pleased to announce that we will be hosting the I'm Staying neon artwork by Shaun C Badham, which is part of the Bristol Biennial.

It will be with us in our lovely courtyard from the 12th September for 3 months. So make sure you come and see it. There will be a launch party of the Bristol Biennial and a switching on of the artwork on the 12th September from 7pm at the Bristol Folk House.

This will be a free event however, you may require a ticket to enter.

Please stay tune for more information and take a look on the Bristol Biennial website for their full programme.




Little Spaces Big Places - Martha Ford - Taking Place from 29th November 2014

Little Spaces, Big Places is exhibition showcasing new, recent and old work from Bristol-based illustrator Martha Ford.

Her colourful, mysterious and often playful landscapes include small human habitats, strong compositions and striking colour palettes. Through her work, she explores the cohesion of humans and the natural world, our passion for exploration and our wonderful imaginations. With a lifelong passion for literature, particularly gothic and adventure classics, folklore, science fiction and fantasy novels, much of her work has also been created as another form of escapism and a way to satisfy her need to create her own fantastical worlds and narratives.

The emphasis is on the subject rather than the media itself however, after coming from a background in both fine art and animation, she is very interested in exploring how to merge new technologies with older, more traditional artistic processes. Some of the work is almost entirely created using gouache, inks or acrylics whilst others are partly or completely painted digitally.

Although she does paint for herself she also enjoys other peoples interpretations and reactions to her work and so leaves her explanations of individual pieces deliberately vague.

- in the café bar



Postcards now for sale

Got a favourite cover from over the years? Folk House postcards are now available from reception, only £1 or 4 for £3. Collect all 8.




The Bristol Folk House - An Exhibition of Historical Photos

A semi-permanent photography exhibition showing historical images of the Bristol Folk House.

From the 30th of January 2014 - in the café bar



Drop in & Draw every Friday

Our popular Drop in & Draw sessions run each Friday during term time. There is no tuition in these sessions but the model is provided so just come along with your drawing materials and get drawing!

Every Friday during term time 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:00.

£6.75 for one session or £10 for both

Sessions for the Autumn Term will be held on the following dates:

19th, 26th September

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th October

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November

5th, 12th December

Please note that spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis in person only (you cannot pay for someone who is due to arrive later). We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early to give yourself the best chance of getting a place and do arrive on time as you will not be allowed into the classroom once the class has started.




Join the Folk House Co-op today!

As we are a self-funding organisation, The Bristol Folk House relies heavily on the support of our co-op members to continue running this huge range of courses and workshops.

For just £10 per year you can become a member of the co-op and take advantage of these lovely incentives:

The Folk House prospectus straight to your door. We will post the prospectus out to you before it goes online.

Exclusive enrolment day. We open enrolments to co-op members one day before everyone else.

Quick enrolment. Just give us your co-op number and away you go!*

Local Shop Discounts. You will receive discounts in lots of friendly shops local to Park Street.

Newsletter. Keep in the loop with everything that's been happening by receiving our annual newsletter.

AGM. An invitation to the Folk House Annual General Meeting.

Inner Happiness. Get a lovely warm glow inside knowing that you are supporting the Folk House and everything we do!

*remember to tell us if you move house or change your number though!

If you'd like to join you can either fill in the enrolment form at the back of the prospectus or ring us on 0117 926 2987. Thanks!

Please note there is a £1 charge for a replacement card so make sure you keep it safe!




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Workshops Taking Place in November & December

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Folk House Festive Flea Market

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'I'm Staying'

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