Two empty shops on College Green have seen a variety of different activities happening within their walls over the past year or so, from a pop-up cinema to cafes, but now the newly spruced-up spaces have been rebranded as The Parlour Showrooms and are open for business looking for new ideas for inside one of Bristol’s most versatile locations.
The Parlour Showrooms is the pet project of The Shop Floor, Alice Tatton-Brown, Hannah Sullivan and Martha King, three creative practitioners and producers who manage the day-to-day running of the spaces.
The offices of The Shop Floor are based in The Parlour Upstairs, shared office and rehearsal spaces located above The Parlour Showrooms, made possible by the Capicity Bristol scheme.
“We are extremely excited about the potential of The Parlour Showrooms and would love to share this excitement and engage in conversations that can ignite some terrific ideas” the trio say.
“We want to offer an alternative space for creative exchange and participation, in the centre of the city.”
To kick start the new programme of events, two new exhibitions are currently taking place. In the Big Room (on the right as you look from College Green), art+power is resident in the spaces and working with a core group of artists.
In the Small Room, The Lost Art Projects presents Rare and Unseen, “a collection of art that no longer exists in its original form”, including peeled potatoes and an Etch A Sketch.