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Featured Project: Trinity Community Arts

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The team met Karina, Projects Manager at Trinity Community Arts. She showed us around the Trinity Centre and its grounds, including their beautiful community garden where they hold events and parties in the summer. The garden is maintained by a gardening group made up of volunteers.

Trinity Community Garden

The Trinity Community Garden is home to an adventure playground, beds of vegetables and plants and a polytunnel (also known as a hoop greenhouse)  for growing food.

And although the day the team dropped by was chilly, it was very clear how vibrant and exciting the outdoor space was. The space is home to the Trinity Community Garden Children’s Quests: a fantastically popular series of events for children that connects children with nature and locally grown food in the midst of one of the most urban areas of Bristol. (Watch this video to see the Quests in action!)

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Helping other community groups grow

We learned that another aspect of Karina’s work is providing help and support for other community groups. Thanks to this work the Community Garden project has now become a constituted group in its own right and Karina and the rest of the team at Trinity Community Arts helped them get going and set up as a group.

Trinity Community Arts gives guidance to budding community projects so that they can continue to apply for funding, start new projects and keep on doing great work for the community. They run the Trinity Community Initiative which offers free or subsidised hall space to help the local community and voluntary groups to run free public activities and get their projects off the ground.

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The Trinity Centre

The home of Trinity Community Arts is the Trinity Centre, a beautiful historic landmark that was built as a church – completed in 1832.

The building was deconsecrated and occupied by a number of different groups providing different services and facilities for the community; including most famously an iconic music venue in the 1970’s and 80’s. The Trinity Centre has been long-renowned for its music – since it was first established as a community centre in 1977 and this legacy continues to this day.

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Over the years, the building has changed hands a number of times, including being run by various community groups, periods where it was owned by the council and periods where it was closed down entirely. But in 2004, the Trinity Centre re-opened in its current guise.

Nowadays, it is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together and the home to a massive range of creative and community projects. This includes huge events like the annual fireworks evening and May Garden Party, both of which attract hundreds of people.

There are also regular concerts, dance events, weddings, club nights and theatre productions in the centre’s spacious hall. They’re also one of Bristol’s key arts providers , which means they’ve been selected by Bristol City Council to further improve the cultural life of the city.

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The centre houses a suite of rehearsal rooms for bands and a gallery space which holds exhibitions and showcases artists.

We really got the impression that the Trinity Centre was home to some innovative, creative projects but also a hub for community cohesion. All sorts of creative projects – from punk to dance music, drama to photography – are welcome to use the space. Throughout the centre’s history it’s clear that it has been a community hub promoting tolerance, collaboration and creativity.

You can find out more about Trinity Community Arts on their website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Interested in Arts & Music community projects? Take a look at the category of resources that will help you start your own.

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