About us

About us

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Creative Expression for All

Trinity's mission is to empower communities through the arts and make sure everyone has the opportunity to access and shape arts and culture in Bristol.

We provide a progressive programme of live music and creative activities, as well as space for individuals to follow their passions and flexible facilities to suit any event or activity.

A centre for the people

Based in The Trinity Centre, this much-loved historic landmark is a cultural hub for the city, where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together - connecting communities and developing people's skills through the arts. The Trinity Centre is used by over 60,000 people each year across over 250 activities and events.

Diverse arts for a diverse city

We are a key arts provider, staging live music events and performances, contributing to urban regeneration and attracting audiences from Bristol and beyond.

With no religious or political affiliation, we are open and accessible to all, with a particular focus on providing services to Easton, Ashley, Lawrence Hill and Old Market.

In 2015/16 The Trinity Centre was used by 60,912 people across 398 activities and events. We supported 136 groups and provided 3,356hrs of free or subsidised hall space, engaging 20,688 participants in community activities through the Trinity Community Initiative (TCI) - our free/subsidised hall-hire scheme supporting grassroots delivery.

We ask that all visitors and Centre users respect each other and treat every as equals in line with the Trinity Code of Conduct.

We're what you make us - so get involved!

patrons

"It’s a privilege to be invited to be a Patron of the Trinity Centre. These days, the Arts have to fight for their place in our society & I saw when I visited Trinity that it is not only committed to encouraging & fostering the Arts in Bristol, but also to ensure young people from diverse backgrounds experience all aspects of Art & enable them to realise their dreams. And the Trinity Centre building is a delight-the theatre space is one I look forward to inhabiting."

Miriam Margolyes OBE - Patron, Trinity Community Arts

charity-info

Trinity Community Arts (TCA) is a registered charity (no.1144770) and Limited Company (no.4372577) and is VAT registered (no.123388420)  Trinity Community Enterprises (TCE) is a Limited Company (no.7848421) and is a wholly owned subsidiary trading on behalf of TCA and is VAT registered (no.123388420).

Charitable Objects

    to promote, maintain, and advance education through the presentation of creative and performing arts

    to advance the education of people of all ages in the creative and performing arts, information technology and life skills

    to preserve, protect and improve for the public benefit the Trinity Centre, formerly the Holy Trinity Church, and promote the heritage of this building

    to provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life

    to promote racial harmony by promoting equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial and cultural identities and by encouraging the use of the Trinity Centre or other Trinity Arts Centre facilities for multicultural activities

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A background to Trinity Community Arts

The Save Trinity Campaign

A group of budding social-entrepreneurs launched the Save Trinity Campaign to get the Centre back into the hands of the local community. Following this, Trinity Community Arts Ltd (TCA) was officially constituted in 2002 and set out to develop plans for the Trinity Centre as a creative hub for East Bristol. Their subsequent application for community asset transfer was successful and TCA secured a short-term lease of Trinity Centre in 2003 and the building was re-opened in 2004 as a community arts centre.

Read more about the history of Trinity in our online archive.

The Trinity Centre is a case in point of how old historic buildings can be given a new lease of life and once again become a key part of the community.”

Andrew Vines, Planning and Conservation Director, English Heritage (South West), October 2014