Tuesday, 27 April 2010



This May, SHOP is organising a 12 hour Photomarathon, one of the biggest events SHOP has hosted and the central focus of Photography Month at SHOP.

Starting at 10am on Saturday the 15th May at 19 Christmas Steps, all you need is a 35mm film camera (SLR, disposable, or compact), a roll of 35mm film, and your creative hat on!

You get 12 hours to take 12 photos on 12 topics that will be disclosed to you on the day.

SHOP develops the film and your photos will be displayed in a SHOP exhibition throughout May.

A selection of photos will be enlarged and printed onto the wall of the Christmas Steps as part of the Bristol Festival of Photography.

This event is open to ALL - you don't have to be a photographer, it is an event everyone can get involved in!

To get involved, ensure your place by preregistering at SHOP before the 15th May. There is an entry fee of £3, purely to cover the costs of developing the film. You will get your prints back after the exhibition.

Nature Walk

SHOP had a guided City Centre Nature Walk last night, led by the very lovely and knowledgeable community gardener, Rob Wicke.

We were fed factlettes aplenty and made to look at the City Centre (and it's 30% canopy) in a very different way. It really was a nourishing and very eye opening walk.

Here's a few snaps:

Spotting Buddleias...

Guessing the age of the trees in the Centre by their circumference

Monday, 26 April 2010

Photography Month!

Well hellooooooooooooooo, bit early with the newsletter this month, but that’s ‘cus SHOP’s going on an Extra Special Foreign Stock Hunt just for you, what a lucky lot! No fear though, SHOP will still be open over the next week for business as unusual, as we have some new faces filling in! Just promise not to like them more than the usual faces, okay? Kay.

So, not only will May be bringing you lots of amazing new stock, but it will be bringing you lots of amazing new FREE events too! All based around May’s theme of … PHOTOGRAPHY.

8th May
11am – 7pm
A drop-in WorkSHOP running all day, come and make your own camera!

Christmas Steps Arts Quarter:
8th May
11am – 4pm
Charmingly irregular monthly makers’ market on the Christmas Steps!

13th May
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Everlasting Moments
An intimate portrait of working-class life in early 20th Century Malmo; Maria is the working class mother of seven, married to a violent, drunken, abusive husband. By chance she discovers that she has a talent for photography, an ability to see things in a way that others cannot, and it is the confidence that this gives her which enables her not so much to liberate herself, but to learn to live within the rules of the social milieu into which she was born.

27th May
7.30pm- 9.30pm
Born Into Brothels
A community worker teaches prostitutes' children the art of photography in a red light area of Calcutta. As she befriends them she takes it on herself to 'rescue' them from their fate, their friends and their families by getting them enrolled in private education schools to help them change their destiny. This is a superb film animated by the children themselves as they learn to express themselves, including through the art of photography, their outlooks on life are changed and as a fly on the wall insight into the lives of them and those that surround them.

15th May
10am – 10pm
£3 entry (to cover development)
SHOP is extremely excited about this endurance event! Starting at 10am at SHOP, a 12 hour Photomarathon! All you need is 35mm film camera, a roll of 35mm film and your creative hat on. You get 12 hours to take 12 photos on 12 topics that will be disclosed to you on the day. We develop the film and your photos will be displayed as SHOP’s exhibition in May and you will receive all your photos back at the end of the exhibition.

A selection of photos will also be enlarged and printed onto the exterior wall of the Christmas Steps as part of the Bristol Festival of Photography (see below for more details).

To ensure your place, pop into SHOP to preregister before the 15th May.

Christmas Steps Arts Quarter:
22nd May
8pm – 12am
The Bristol Festival of Photography - running from the 19th May until the 9th June across Bristol - is being celebrated in various ways around the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter. To officially open all events and exhibitions in the area, a street party on the Christmas Steps, the ‘CSAQ Night of the Year’ will include a promenade of projections including photography slideshows, an outdoor cinema, live music, food and exhibitions, both indoors and on the street itself.

Come along and bring a rug, or a chair – and if you would really like to get involved with the projections, bring a spare projector – the more projections the better!

11am – 7pm (excluding Sundays)
SHOP will be setting up an interactive ‘Sleeveface’ space in the Lounge throughout the month. Use the SHOP vinyl and a disposal camera provided by SHOP to recreate record sleeves which will then be developed and exhibited. Check out the website for inspiration, or have a flick through the official Sleeveface book in the Lounge when you come to commit yourself to wax.

PHOTO AMNESTY1st – 31st May (excluding Sundays)
11am – 7pm
Donate your own photographs, or found photographs to SHOP by feeding the box. Or, twitpic your findings to us on Twitter. Don’t forget to come and have a nose at your photos on SHOP’s walls and others’ too.

11am – 7pm (excluding Sundays)
All participants and their 12 photos from the Photomarathon will be on display along with the themes from the 22nd to the end of May. Selected photographs will be enlarged and exhibited on the exterior wall of SHOP, with the unveiling taking place during the CSAQ Night of the Year Street Party.

NEWS‘We love you and we’re here for you’Yes, it’s still news, ‘cus it’s still true. Want somewhere to do something? Fancy an exhibition? Want to stage a creative pursuit? Well, that’s why SHOP’s here! Get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.

OFFERS Don’t forget to join Shop Club cus all Shop Club members are entitled to 10% off absolutely everything! But if that’s not enough, if you’d like a bit more, then you can upgrade to SHOP-Per and get 20% off PLUS a birthday present! If that still isn’t enough you can upgrade to a Hot SHOP Member and get 30% off, a birthday present and loyalty points! Not forgetting either, that Hot SHOP Members have the chance to become part of the CIC’s Advisory Board.

NOTICE BOARD37th ChamberA movie night showing Films of a Retro, Exploitative, Asian and Kung fu nature, F.R.E.A.K.Y, huh?! If you would like to be kept up to date with events, search for 37th Chamber on Facebook.
Bristol Eco Veggie Fayre: Art Exhibition and Competition
For full details on how to enter this competition and be in with the chance to have your work exhibited at The Bristol Eco Veggie Fayre go to:
Deadline 8th May. Free entry, but you could win £100!


Like a natural disaster, Nature Month at SHOP still shows no signs of abating, with the perfect MotherSHOP-er taking over the Lounge at the weekend!

Sally of Sally and Rob's Natural Cosmetics, bought in her 100% natural, 100% organic, 100% fair trade beauty products to sell in SHOP on Saturday and made natural beauties of us all!

SHOP smelt wonderful and if you are unlucky enough to have missed out then fear not, as SHOP is featuring Sally and Rob's products until the end of Nature Month in April.

Body scrub, lip balm, body butter and face masks are all right here right now!

Here are some pictures to demonstrate:

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Nature Month continues...

If you weren't able to make our WorkSHOP: 'Potting for the Home', or our TalkSHOP: 'Introduction to Permaculture', then you missed your chance to meet two very well informed and friendly people running two very inspiring and interesting events.

Rob Wicke who works as a community gardener was busy in our Lounge preparing and potting seeds for his allotment and ready and willing to answer any garden related query or question in SHOP last Saturday. Thank you to him for his time and for not getting any mud on the carpet.

Wednesday 21st saw Nick Soucek Introducing us to a few of the principles and ideas of Permaculture. From 'Three Sisters' and 'Companion' planting techniques to the reality and effectiveness of correctly implemented sustainability.

For more information about Permaculture in Bristol why not visit these projects:

Bristol Permaculture Group (BPG) mailing list:


Royate Hill Community Orchard & Kebele Community Allotment:


Windmill Hill City Farm:


St Werburghs City Farm:


Shift Bristol:


Thank you, Nick!

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Taras last Fillum Club!

Sadly next weeks fillum club will be Tara Judahs last one in charge and no doubt Fillum Club will never be the same again. Taras handouts and hidden prizes will be missed but more importantly we will miss Tara herself. So, next Thursday night will be more of a 'leaving fillum club party' and everyone can bring their own short films!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Nature Month Update!

We're almost half-way through Nature Month and after a lovely opening night of the 'Rare Breeds' exhibition thanks to Sarah Dennis and 'Hot Soup' we've been a bit quiet on the event front...well no longer!

We have received a couple of pictures of 'Nature in the City' and a promise of a video recording of the dawn chorus!

We also have three events this week...TalkSHOP: Friends and Neighbours discussion evening for an hour on Wednesday 14th at 7:30pm. Followed by the screening of 'Into the Wild' at Fillum Club on Thursday evening at 7:30pm. Then on Saturday we have a walk-in WorkSHOP showing and sharing tips on potting plants for your home and garden at 2pm-4pm!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

New stock is ere, o.k?

SHOP has just treated itself to some lovely new things in almost every department with the arrival of new homeware, mens and womens clothing and accessories, games, badges and vinyl!

Friday, 2 April 2010

Opening Night for 'Rare Breeds' by Sarah Dennis

SHOP had a lovely evening last night, enjoying looking at all Sarah Dennis's prints and books and toys, newly installed on the walls and surfaces at SHOP.

The projections from Hot Soup looked really gorgeous inside and out as they were back projected onto the slowly darkening Christmas Steps. Inside everyone was making mini-zines under Sarah's expert direction. The results of which can also be seen and added to in SHOP all month

Sarah's exhibition provided the inspiration for Nature Month at SHOP, as her work features many beautiful and fantastical creatures. The exhibition is running all month at SHOP so come and let your heart swell.

Here's some pics from last night:

'How To Make Your Own Zine' and some of the sugar and wine infused results

Makin' Zines

Two of Sarah's prints (guess which is the odd one out)

Owls and pussycats. And badges and postcards and books.

Looking, talking and making

Projection by Hot Soup

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Nature Month at SHOP!

Hello and welcome to Nature Month at SHOP! The clocks have gone forward and everything is bursting into life (sort of) so what better time to celebrate the magnificence of Mutha-Nature? But first, some bits of news for you.

The Webber
The SHOP website is now back online and being updated regularly, so don’t forget to look at it, every single day: www.shoptheshop.co.uk

Easter Opening Hours
SHOP is just like you, we like to celebrate Easter as well … by stuffing our faces with chocolate, so in order to dedicate as much time to this as possible to this pursuit, SHOP opening times over Easter weekend will be slightly reduced:

Good Friday: 12pm-5pm
Easter Saturday: 11am-7pm (as normal)
Easter Sunday: CLOSED
Easter Monday: CLOSED


April is packed full of Nature themed events for you - and remember they are all free to attend for Shop Club Members.

Exhibition: Rare Breeds by Sarah Dennis
2nd April – 30th April
11am – 7pm
(Excluding Sundays)
Opening Night – 7.30pm Thursday April 1st

Sarah’s nature themed work will be on display throughout April in SHOP. Opening night is Thursday 1st April at 7.30pm and will be an evening of drawing for all with interactive activities from art collective 'Hot Soup' including a workshop and tables where people can make their own mini-comics. As well as looking at Sarah's lovely prints, badges, zines and toys of course.


WorkSHOP: Capturing Nature
Running all month

Do you have a sly fox rustling through your bins at night? Are you woken up stupidly early by the dawn chorus? Well this month SHOP is going all interactive and asking you to try and capture these creatures in the act! No, no need to call the R.S.P.C.A. we mean capturing them with your camera, phone or Dictaphone. Then send them to us and we will put them into a show reel and exhibit them at a Fillum Club later this month!

Fillum Nights: Nature
Thursday April 15th
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Into The Wild

Christopher McCandless is a bright, likable, precociously perceptive, young middle-class college graduate, who, tortured by his dysfunctional childhood, is determined to find a simpler, purer and more harmonious life. He gives away all that he has and sets out across North America, his ultimate goal the perfect isolation of the Alaskan wilderness.

Thursday April 22nd
7.30pm – 9.30pm

TalkSHOP: Discussion Evening
Wednesday 14th April
7.30pm – 8.30pm

It’s just an hour out of the month to get together and find out a little something about someone who you didn’t know before – what could more natural than talking to a fellow human being?

WorkSHOP: Potting for the Home
Saturday 17th April
2pm – 4pm

Come along to a WorkSHOP and learn how to grow beautifully natural and delicious things in your own home. You don’t need a garden or an allotment; there are still many varieties of plants that you can grow in your own lounge! Get in touch to reserve a place, or for more information.

TalkSHOP: Introduction to Permaculture
Wednesday 21st April
7.30pm – 8.30pm

Join SHOP for a presentation of some of the principles of permaculture, how it came about and why. Explore some examples of permaculture projects happening in Bristol. Get in touch to reserve your place.

WalkSHOP: A City Centre Nature Walk
Monday 26th April
7pm – 8.30pm

Do you find yourself thinking that Nature only happens in the countryside? That city-dwellers can only see it on the telly? Well, you are wrong! Join SHOP for a guided nature walk around Bristol city centre, starting and finishing at SHOP, spot lesser spotted plants and animals and be amazed at Nature on your doorstep. Get to touch to reserve your place.


Easter Egg Hunt!
Come and hunt for an Easter Egg in SHOP all day on Easter Saturday, find the cunningly hidden treats and take them home with you for scoffing quick smart.


Did you know Shop Club member, Stephi Briggs teaches Bellydance every Wednesday at 7.45pm until 8.45pm at Netham Park Pavilion, Redfield. For a meagre fiver you can learn the ancient art of bellydancing, improve your posture, tone up and have fun. All levels are welcome.

Stay natural!