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Courses Starting in November

Autumn Term 2014

Saturday 13th September - Saturday 13th December

Enrolments for Autumn Term are open.

Details of all the courses and workshops are available on the courses page of our website and in our prospectus which is available from the Folk House. 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.

These are some of the great six week courses starting after half term.

Starting Monday 3rd November

Acrylic Painting 1.30 - 3.30pm.

Hula Hooping Beginners 5.30 - 6.30pm.

Hula Hooping Improvers 6.45 - 7.45pm.

Starting Tuesday 4th November

Pottery Day Studio 10.00 - 4.00pm.

Relaxation Training 6.00 - 7.00pm.

Presentation Perfect 6.00 - 7.30pm.

Alternative Photo Printing at Home7.00 - 10.00pm.

Starting Wednesday 5th November

Botanical Painting 1.45 - 4.00pm.

Portraiture 1.30 -4.00pm.

Digital Illustration 7.45 - 9.45pm.

Starting Thursday 6th November

Digital Camera Improvers 10.00 - 1.00pm.

A Photographic Journey 5.30 - 7.30pm.

Perfect Patchwork 7.30 - 9.30pm.

Improve your Cartooning 7.45 - 9.45pm.

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




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



'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.




Harmonica Festival 2014

The UK International Harmonica Festival, is held every October at The Bristol Folk House.

A whole weekend of great entertainment, education and excitement for harmonica players, learners, collectors, and all music-lovers.

Activities include workshops, demonstrations and master classes; open jam sessions; competitions; an auction; trade stands; and socialising!

The gala concert features star guests from all over the world.

Organised by the UK National Harmonica League. Please see

So come and learn more, improve your playing, be inspired; and above all just join in the fun at the wonderful Folk House, in lovely Bristol.

Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th October 2014 -



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



The 11th Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival

The 11th Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival returns to the Folk House from 17 - 19 October!

"A whole weekend of Louisiana-style music, dance, food, drink, meeting new people and having a good time!"

More details to follow.

- Folk House



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.




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!




Latest News

Courses Starting in November

Enrolments are open!...  more

'I'm Staying'

...  more

Harmonica Festival 2014

...  more

The 11th Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival

...returns to the Folk House in October!...  more

Postcards now for sale

...  more

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