Soma opened in June 2004 as a shop and gallery promoting contemporary art, design and illustration. Soma specialises in limited edition prints by illustrators and printmakers and has several exhibitions a year. Alongside the prints Soma sells a wide range of artworks and other handmade items including textiles, ceramics and jewellery.
In September 2010 Soma moved from their original Clifton Arcade space over the road into 4 Boyces Avenue, a larger Georgian building with a dedicated gallery space on the first floor and a shop space on the ground floor. A print studio was added in 2015. Artists including Tom Frost, Anna Marrow and Andy Smith have had solo exhibitions in the gallery space.
Soma Gallery has exhibited at Pick Me Up – Graphic Arts Fair at Somerset House (now ended) twice and have been involved in several projects including curating a mailout for Not Another Bill and hosting workshops by Tatty Devine and book launches and signings by Mr Bingo and Amelia Gregory (Amelia’s Magazine).
The majority of the work on display in Soma is from UK based artists with many coming from Bristol and the South West.