13. September 2013 10:51
Images Copyright Ben Wakefield
Stanfords has teamed up with Wilderness Lectures to bring travellers and explorers to venues in Bristol.
The Wilderness Lectures are a winter series of public talks in Bristol; the theme of which is worldwide adventure. The lecturers are well-known explorers, mountaineers, travel writers, TV and adventure sports personalities or anyone who has an epic story to tell and can entertain the audience with a good story. The talks usually include slides and/or film.
Wilderness Lectures tickets are available on the Stanfords website (up to 72 hours before each event) and in-store from the Bristol stop, but regrettably not by phone. See the programme guide below for further details. More...
11. July 2013 09:17
Joseph Dunmore recently created the Gromit we have in our Bristol store, Nezahualcoyotl. He shares with us his experience and the inspiration behind his colourful Aztec design.
When i heard about the Gromit Unleashed project i was finishing a 2m x 3m oil painting for a film project i've been working on over the last two years. I was painting a small element in the painting that i had nicknamed the Aztec Space Invader, because, well, it looked like a space invader and i was putting a Aztec inspired design and patterning on it. So, when i heard about the Gromit project, i immediately thought i'd like to create a funky colourful Aztec one.
In my formative years as a budding artist i drew great inspiration from ancient and indigenous art from all over world, and one my favourites was the pre-Colombian art of Latin America, from the graphic textiles and adornments of the Mapuches, the enigmatic creations and magical architecture of the Incas, the giant mysterious sculpted heads of the Olmecs ,the organic, strangely modern art of the Mayas, and the glorious, sometimes dark and always beautifully aesthetic epic creations of the Aztecs. So, i thought Gromit Unleashed would a great opportunity to pay homage to the art that had literally stolen my heart.More...
26. June 2013 10:24
As independent booksellers, Stanfords is delighted to join in the celebrations for Independent Booksellers Week (29th June – 6th July)!
We have some exciting events in our Bristol and London stores next week:
On the 2nd July Jen Campbell, author of ‘Weird things customers say in Bookshops’ will be at our Covent Garden Store to talk about her latest book and sign copies. Click here for more details.
On 4th July our Bristol store will be celebrating Independent Booksellers week with two unique events. In the morning come see local illustrators Mark Sperring and Alys Paterson decorate our store window in celebration of our Gromits arrival! Alys and Mark have written and illustrated the children’s book, Shape of my Heart. They will be decorating the heart themed window from 11.30am and there will be the chance to win a framed Shape of My Heart print worth £100!
In the evening we will be launching the new edition of A Dictionary of Bristle in store. More information can be found here. This popular local dictionary is now in its 10th year – come along and test how much of a local you are with the new Bristolian Citizenship Test!
5. June 2013 14:51
We are very excited to announce our participation in ‘Gromit Unleashed’, a public art exhibition going on this summer in Bristol. Stanfords’ Bristol store will be home to one of the individually designed 5ft tall recreations of the beloved character Gromit during the exhibition from 1st of July until 8th of September 2013.
This Gromit will be one of eighty pieces that make up the trail celebrating landmarks in Bristol. All proceeds from the event will go to Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal to benefit the Bristol Children’s Hospital.
We will be revealing the Stanfords Gromit in just a few weeks time – be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all our latest Gromit news!More...
3. January 2013 09:52
With Maporilla due to settle into her new home in the coming days, we thought we'd look back at Bristol Zoo's Wow! Gorillas public art project with the help of photographer Clive Minnitt.
Clive has published The Gorillas Have Landed - a collection of images showcasing the 61 life-size ceramic gorillas displayed across Bristol during summer 2011, including Rebecca Howard's map-adorned creation - soon to be based at St Monica's Trust after being displayed at Stanfords.
Available at our Bristol store for £9.99, five per cent of the book's profits are being donated to Bristol Zoo's gorilla conservation project, while a further five per pent is going to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Here's a selection of Clive's photographs - aside from the Stanfords-commissioned Maporilla (thanks to Kevin Leighton for this image), how many of the five can you name? More...
1. September 2012 14:00
Following the success of the Wow! Gorillas Event in Bristol in summer 2011, Wild in Art has launched its Gorilla Collection - an exciting range of limited edition scaled-down ceramic replicas of the most popular exhibits.
Talk like a pirate with Blackbeardorilla, navigate Bristol's streets with Maporilla or celebrate Isambard Kingdom Brunel with Gorisambard. You can even create your own hand-finished ceramic with the Paint Your Own Gorilla set! More...
12. April 2012 15:27
Following the roaring success of the Gorilla Trail in Bristol last summer a new life-size ceramic gorilla called 'Maporilla' has arrived at Stanfords Bristol .
Maporilla has been beautifully painted with a unique and colourful map of Bristol by artist Rebecca Howard who previously designed the Green Map for Alastair Sawday's book Bristol: A Guide to Good Living. Now that the painting of Maporilla is complete, we're offering you the chance to win the life size gorilla for your school or organisation! The winner will be notified just before Christmas – so plenty of time to make a bit of space! Second prize will be a small ceramic replica of Maporilla. More...
1. August 2011 10:52
Stanfords have teamed up with Wilderness Lectures who bring travellers and explorers to venues in Bristol.
The Wilderness Lectures are a winter series of public lectures in Bristol, the theme of which is worldwide adventure. The lecturers are well-known explorers, mountaineers, travel writers, TV and adventure sports personalities or anyone who has an epic story to tell and can entertain the audience with a good story. The talks themselves usually including slides and/or film.
The tickets for this season of Wilderness Lectures are available on the Stanfords’ website and from our Bristol store. (up to 72 hours before each event) - see the programme guide below.
Wilderness Lectures Guide Winter 2011-12
Season tickets are no longer available. More...
27. June 2011 14:55
To celebrate Bristol Zoo's 175th year, Stanfords is proud to be part of the Gorilla Trail this summer and the keeper of Crystal Eyes whose unique feature is his ability to 'glow in the dark'.
Come and be photographed alongside this handsome beast and pick up our own customised Gorilla Trail Memento Map, or perhaps a miniature hand-painted ceramic gorilla as a reminder of this wonderful event.
This world class event will showcase decorated life-size gorillas all around the city of Bristol, till the 7th of September 2011.
This event is to help raise awareness and enlighten all, of the plight of apes in the wild and raise significant funds to support gorilla conservation project. For more information about Bristol Zoo’s Wow! Gorilla project, please visit www.wowgorilla.org.uk. More...
8. December 2008 15:45
Our manager of Stanfords in Bristol appeared on TV to defend the city’s river following a gaffe made by Strictly Come Dancing judge, Len Goodman.
Goodman has become well-known on the BBC TV series for always giving every competitor 7 out of 10 for their efforts, which led to presenter Bruce Forsyth sending him up on a recent show. Forsythe grilled Goodman with questions related to the number 7, such as, “How many dwarves did Snow White have?” However, one of the questions was, “Which river runs through the centre of Bristol?” And to the horror of the West Country, Goodman answered “Severn”. As we all know, it's in fact the Avon.