Events and exhibitions

ExtraordinaryOrdinary 2 Photo Exhibition - 5th-18th September 2015 

Bristol photographer stages latest one man exhibition 

Bristol photographer Simon Caplan stages his latest one man exhibition at The Create Centre from September 5th to 18th – offering local people a rare chance to enjoy his unique way of unearthing striking and attractive images from the everyday objects and scenes that many people simply walk past or ignore. 

Entitled “ExtraordinaryOrdinary 2: Hidden Beauty in the Urban Environment”, the show at the Create Centre in B Bond Building, Smeaton Road features a range of new images uncovered by Simon in Bristol and other urban areas across the South West.

The exhibition is open from 9am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays and from 10.30am to 3pm on the two Saturdays during its run (5th and 12th). Admission is free. 

Simon’s work uses shallow depth of field and the contrast between its main subject and the background to create impact – often focusing in on bright colours or strong patterns. “Many people think my shots are abstracts or even paintings, but they are real objects that I have found in the street or in buildings,” said Simon, 56, from Amberley Road, Downend. “It’s all a matter of seeing things slightly differently and knowing how to use the camera and different lenses to get the effect you want.”

All images on display are for sale as framed and mounted prints at just £49 each – with £5 from each sale being donated to the Lifeskills Safety Centre at Create, a charity which teaches children and vulnerable adults ways to stay safe and healthy. When he’s not taking photographs, Simon is a regular volunteer guide at Lifeskills, which is open to visitors as part of Doors Open Day on Saturday 12th.

The exhibition comes hot on the heels of Simon’s success in being named Print Photographer of the Year for 2015 at Reflex Camera Club in St Anne’s, Bristol. It is his first solo show for some years, with previous exhibitions being held at Bristol YHA (2011); Baristas Cafe (2012) and The Grain Barge (2012). Over the years Simon’s work has also featured in mixed media exhibitions and pop up shops staged by Creative Bristol in Quakers Friars and The Showroom, College Green.

As well as being a member of Reflex Camera Club, Simon is a member of the city’s Second Look Photography Group. He is a regular speaker at Camera Clubs throughout the south west, with talks booked at Tetbury and Worcester for next year. Simon was recently invited to give a talk on his other photographic style – environmental portraits of craftworkers and traditional artisans – at the M Shed’s “Photo Shed” event.

Simon is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) 

To see more of Simon’s work – including his environmental portraits and landscapes – visit or 

For more about Lifeskills and the valuable work they do, visit



Rebuilding Nepal Through Art Silent Auction - 25th September 2015

Silent Auction

A Charity Art Auction is taking place at the Create Centre, on the 25th September, to raise money to help rebuild Nepal. 

There will be over 30 artists selling a wide range of artwork, live music, a bar and food available.

All proceeds will be donated to charity. Please show your support!

There will soon be more information, but for now please visit

Regular Activity


A continuing weekly exploration into matters concerning textiles, including sustainability aspects, examples of unusual textile items and terminology. This activity  will take place on Wednesdays mid-morning to mid-afternoon.