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Gloucester Road Art Banners Competition








Would you like to see your artwork up on giant banners attached to lamp posts along Gloucester Road? Gloucester Road Traders invite you to submit your creative work, inspired by our wonderful High Street of Independent Shops & Businesses.

Yogawest_Logo_small for webWe’d love to have a Yoga banner up to signpost people towards Yogawest, and who better to ask than our students and friends – can you come up with something for consideration?

There will about 30 banners, approximately 2 metres tall, attached to lampposts, with 60 + artworks and words inspired by Gloucester Road and all it offers. Each banner is double sided so can have different images on either side and can be in place for up to 5 years. The banners will create a fantastic visual impact to the street scene – an open air Art Gallery up Gloucester Road. This community art project will be a collaborative effort of artists, businesses, organisations, individuals and Bristol Council to promote the arts, tourism, local shopping, sustainable transport and neighbourliness. Gloucester Road Art Banners could then inspire other areas to take part – creating a Bristol wide open air exhibition.

The words and images will inform passersby of all the fantastic shops and activities in the area on and around Gloucester Road. The hope is to encourage people to leave their cars behind in order to stroll up and down the high street, admiring the art and learning about the wide range of shops, galleries, health, beauty or spiritual centres, cafes, restaurants and bars. They will be a reminder that creativity happens all year round in our community.

Gloucester Road is already known as the longest street of Independent Shops in Europe and attracts tourists from all over the UK and beyond. It really has ‘Everything You Need On One Street‘. By putting up artistic banners along the whole road it will add to Bristol’s legacy as a highly creative city with a vibrant streets art scene.

Everyone is invited to submit artwork and there’s space for over 60 images. All you need to do is create a piece of art to reflect a word, idea or image inspired by Gloucester Road, shopping local or the joys of living in Bristol. Artwork can be as graphic or abstract as you like but it will need to work in a large format – around 2 metres high by 80cm wide. The banners will have the inspiring word (s) at the top with Gloucester Road written at the bottom e.g. ‘Shop……Gloucester Road‘ ‘Eat…..Gloucester Road’, ‘Love, Play, Bike, Friendly, Charity, Art etc.

See the Glos Rd Central website for further details and how to submit

Deadline February!

The deadline for submission of artwork is February. The finalists will be selected by a panel of judges including Mary Collett, Chair of North Bristol Artists, Steve Jacobsen, RWA Academician and selector for the Annual Autumn Exhibition and Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods. Gloucester Road Traders, local residents and schools will also have their say. After all, the Gloucester Road Art Banners will be up for everyone to see and enjoy. So make a trip to Gloucester Road and get your creative thinking hats on!

Movember at Yogawest


Mike’s 2013 Movember moustache

We are challenging all Yogawest students (and teachers!) to support the Movember challenge by growing a moustache during the month of November in order to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as testicular and prostate cancer and mental health.

Not a man? No problem – we will have a variety of Kohl pencils at reception and you can ‘grow’ your moustache each week.

You can officially register to raise money for Movember here but whether or not you register, you can still take part at Yogawest. We will take a group photo of all the moustaches at the end of the month and prizes will be awarded!

Email us to register your hirsute pursuit.

Watch this space for updates and photos as they happen.

Name Our New Boy

yogawestskeleton6565Yogawest took delivery of a beautiful new skeleton recently – he hangs around in reception or one of the studios for perusal, exploration and learning. But he needs a name. We’ve had some great suggestions in the last couple of weeks and now invite you to vote on the options.

Vote here and we’ll let you know in the next newsletter what he will be called.

Spread the Joy

spread-the-wordOne of the best ways of people finding Yogawest is through reviews on the internet. We looked recently and found there are only 2 reviews of us out there, and we’d really love it if you could find 5 minutes to add one of your own.

To say thank you we’ll give you a voucher for £5 off your next purchase at Yogawest. Simply email us telling us where to find the review and we will reply with your gift voucher.

Review us on:
Trip Advisor – review here
Yelp – review here
or Google Maps – review here 

Let people know what you think about the teaching, atmosphere and facilities or anything you think would be helpful to know as a first timer. Happy reviewing!

Summer postcard competition


With the summer in full swing we’ve been wondering where you are all going for holiday. We’d love to get a postcard from you letting us know where you are and what you are doing.

So, send us a postcard from where you are before the end of August. Keep it fun, keep it sunny, include the whole family and most importantly tell us where you are! We are planning to set up a map on our facebook page so we can compare favourite destinations. And we’ll select a few favourites for a yoga prize in September.

And do remember we’d love to receive a photograph of you doing a yoga pose in a faraway place – in case you haven’t looked recently, we’ve got a lovely collection of Yogawesties Abroad. Send images to

Yogawest address:

Denmark Place
Bristol BS7 8NW


Winners of the prize draw

The Feedback card prize draw took place on March 24th by the lovely Charlotte, one of our Monday evening students. Andy emailed all the winners after the draw, but just in case you didn’t get yours, see the winners list below. If your name is there and you haven’t yet picked up your prize, tell us next time you come to Yogawest.

The three Yogacard-6 winners:

Coo Geller
Alex Layard
Claire Smith

Yogawest mugs won by:

Charlotte Ramsden
Naomi Maggs
Laurence Coleman
Linda Brogan
Jill Hammond
Clare Cooper
Anna Babarchi
Sue Pollock
Rebecca Albrighton
Jonathan Simmons
Claire Scott
Carol Billinghurst
Morag MacInnes
Jill Brown
Debbie Rivers-Moore
Rebecca Levine
Liz Thackeray
Emma Postlethwaite
Susie Jackson
Elizabeth O’Loughlin