Art as Meditation: Talking to Hamilton House Artist Emma Burleigh

Next month, our Wellbeing Rooms are hosting The Art of Wellbeing, a one-day exhibition of prints, illustrations and paintings. I got in touch over email with Emma Burleigh, one of the three artists taking part, to get her perspective on the power of art…

Halting the Developers: Lessons from The Cube

With the future of Hamilton House uncertain and dozens of other creative & community hubs around the country facing funding cuts or closure, it sometimes feels like a bleak time for those of us working in these spaces. But it doesn’t have to be this way…

Latest Update: Thursdays’ Community Meeting

Coming into work at Coexist each week has been a pretty weird experience lately. It’s felt a bit like being in the middle of a giant soap opera, at the same time as having to deal with some high-pressure political negotiations. Over the past 6 months…

Reflecting The City We Live In: Bristol – An Exhibition

A new exhibition by a group of Hamilton House residents hopes to express the range of feelings that Bristol evokes, as well as the challenges it may face in the future…

Brooklyn to Bristol: A Samba Teacher’s Journey

In conversation with Samba teacher Latisha Cesar on the power of dance, life as New Yorker in Somerset, and the changing face of Stokes Croft and St Paul’s…

Getting to Know Keep Bristol Warm

Those of you with a keen eye will have noticed that a board has appeared outside the front of The Canteen in recent days. This was put together by an initiative called Keep Bristol Warm (KPW) which was launched two years ago to provide direct help…

Come and find out about the Coexist bid to buy Hamilton House

If you’ve been keeping up with what’s been happening down here at Hamilton House, you might have heard that last week was kind of a big week for us. After a mammoth amount of planning/writing/phoning/not sleeping, the team who have been focused on…

The Bid Is In!

Late night meetings. Sleepless nights. Hours of overtime. And a whole lot of delirium. But we’ve finally done it. You might have heard in the news already but we thought we’d better tell you about it ourselves: On Monday, at one minute before midnight…

Tips on Staying Sane

There are plenty of things going on in the world to leave you feeling down, anxious, fearful and stressed. Political turmoil, social divisions, housing costs and job insecurity are all affecting our mental health. But there are also some basic things we can all do…

Hamilton House: The Early Days

You know when you’re clearing out your bedroom and you find an old shoe box at the back of your cupboard full of crumpled letters, postcards from exes, flyers from raves you went to back in the day, and really inspired artwork you did at 4 in the morning….

Building a New Economy for Stokes Croft

As part of our ongoing process of consultation with our local community about the future of Hamilton House and the future of Stokes Croft, we spoke to PRSC about urban change, community land trusts and building alternative economic systems.

Unity Through Art

It’s Thursday lunchtime at the Trinity Centre and I’ve arrived just in time to be served a plate full of rice and peas, calalloo and fried plantain in the main hall. I share a table together with a local musician, a festival organiser, a community worker, and several others involved in Bristol’s creative industries…

Coexist awarded £94K towards campaign for buying Hamilton House

It took most of us a week or so to get our heads back into work mode after the shenanigans/hangovers/lurgies of Christmas and New Year, but a couple of weeks into January, and we’re already fully geared up for a very busy period. Much of the team is now focused on one thing: how to ensure…..

What’s Next For Hamilton House?

While for a lot of companies an Annual General Meeting might be a dry, formal affair, our AGM last Thursday was a little different. It was a chance to re-affirm who we are and what we stand for as an organisation, and to open up a process of dialogue and engagement with our community of building users and those who support us, at a very challenging moment in our history….

Coexist to Launch Community Consultation on Future of Hamilton House

This week the community based in Bristol’s iconic Hamilton House, a privately owned building in Stokes Croft; has officially been notified by the owners Connolly & Callaghan (C&C) of their intent to sell the building. Coexist, the team that manages the building…

Tackling Dementia Through Theatre

In the run up to their performance of physical theatre piece Remembering Mavis, I caught up with two City of Bristol College students — Ivy Thomas and Féadha Ní Chaoimhe — to speak to them about what’s it like being based at Hamilton House…

Trump Blues: the View from Stokes Croft

I was really hoping that I might be able to avoid writing about anything too heavy this week. In the course of keeping this blog running over the past few months, I’ve interviewed people inside and outside of Hamilton House on subjects ranging from sexual violence…

Breaking The Silence: Confronting Sexual Violence on Stage

Next week, Hamilton House is hosting a one-off performance of Foreign Body, a brave, solo piece of physical theatre by Imogen Butler-Cole. I spoke to Imogen about the challenging issues the play confronts: sexual violence, recovery and the possibility of healing.

El arte de Resistencia / The art of resistance

With three separate events happening in Bristol this fortnight celebrating the work of radical Mexican street art collective Asaro (Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca), I wandered round the Bearpit to look at some of the group’s work, and had a chat with Oaxacan artist Yescka about art and social change.

Into the Woods Q & A

Ahead of the launch of her interactive storytelling project Into The Woods, I had a chat with our good mate and former Coexister Emily Trott, about sound, phenomenology, and giant metal chambers hidden underground.

The Mind is the Battlefield

Ever heard of Ka-Zimba Ngoma? While many people may have heard of Capoeira, its Brazilian counterpart, less is known about Ka-Zimba, a Pan-African martial art currently being taught at Hamilton House on Fridays. Last week, I had a chance to…

Where does your food come from?

Just by the roundabout, in between St Paul’s and Ashley Hill, lies one of Bristol’s best known independent food stores. The Better Food Company was founded in 1992, and has had its main outlet in St Werburgh’s since 2001. Built on similar principles to Coexist…

Coexist Scrapbook

Imagine for a moment, if you will, that it’s the year 2047. The city of Bristol has been decimated by a zombie apocalypse. Only rats live here now, giant ones, scurrying merrily in between the only relics of human civilisation: ancient, rusting cans…

Community Cycles

It’s around 10 in the morning and the workshop at the Bristol Bike Project is being jolted into life. Cups of tea are being prepared, tools are being laid out and a team of volunteers have assembled, ready to help out for the day. I’m here to observe…

In conversation with Bristol Refugee Rights

Reading the news at the moment is a pretty bleak experience. Fear and political instability dominate the headlines, and it’s hard not feel despondent. But Bristol is a city filled with people seeking to create positive changes that resonate both locally…

Everyday Utopias

Usually it’s me doing the interviewing, but today I’m on the other end of the microphone. I’m down in the Bearpit, walking backwards holding a giant spool of golden thread which I’m weaving between two lamp posts. My colleague Danny, from CoResist…

Somali Kitchen

Coinciding with the first proper day of summer heat this year, the nondescript walkway outside the Junction 3 Library in Easton is being completely transformed on Monday afternoon. Homemade Somali food, juices and spiced tea are being served up…

Rebel Women

It’s 1915 and Europe is at war. A young woman named Dorothy Lawrence — orphan, aspiring journalist and free spirit — makes the decision to disguise herself as a man in order to reach the frontline in northern France, guided by a desire to experience…

Introducing Bob Blunden from Dmac

If you’re ever walking past Hamilton House of an evening, you might hear the clatter of African drums or the rhythms of Salsa filter out of the building and across Stokes Croft. That’s down to Dmac — Dance Music Arts Collective — who run two dance…

Lunchtime at the Coexist Community Kitchen

Make your way to the third floor of Hamilton House and you’ll find the Coexist Community Kitchen. It served as the canteen for the building, back when it was still a banking office, but got a revamp in 2013 when it became what it is now…

Introducing… Dionne Thomas

People end up at Hamilton House by all sorts of routes, but Dionne’s has to be one of the most unique and inspiring. As a young soon-to-be mum, Dionne, who runs the Puckoo Couture label, ended up in the world of fashion design largely by accident…

The Coexist Shop

Alongside The Canteen, the Coexist shop is the most public-facing part of Hamilton House, acting as a window into the type of creative work that goes on inside the building. The shop has just celebrated its one-year anniversary, having become a…

Conversations

I began working for Coexist two months ago, recruited to be responsible for the social media side of the organisation, and to help communicate the work that goes on here. Having settled into my role, I’ve been reflecting on the ethos and culture…

Introducing… Claire-Louise Symonds

In the run-up to the final leg of our Crowdfunder campaign, I spoke to Claire-Louise Symonds, a freelance mindfulness and yoga teacher, who is part of Community Conscious, the outreach arm of our Wellbeing team, which provides therapy in the…

Introducing… James Coomber, Harbourside Market

Stepping outside the walls of Hamilton House for a morning, I head to the city centre to have a chat with the director of one of our sister businesses, Harbourside Market, which runs alongside No. 1 Harbourside. The venue grew out of the same…

Our Vision Day

While most companies feature team-building exercises in some form, few can claim that their employees have danced in a circle in a yurt in the middle of the Devon countryside. But Coexist is no ordinary workplace, and so last month, the bulk of our…

Looking back on the Wellbeing Festival

The May Bank Holiday weekend saw the culmination of many months of preparation, as the fourth annual Wellbeing Festival finally arrived at Hamilton House. The theme for Saturday’s event was ‘Community Matters’, a reminder that our own individual…

This Saturday’s Wellbeing Festival

This Saturday sees the return of the annual Wellbeing Festival to Hamilton House. Now in its fourth year, the event offers the opportunity to learn, rejuvenate and explore some of the many therapies available in our Wellbeing rooms. The original…

Introducing… Deborah Ward, from CoResist

Alongside the multitude of talented artists, designers, painters, illustrators, film-makers and web developers based in Hamilton House, there are a number of collectives running exciting projects from the building. One of these is CoResist, who…

Introducing… Jamie Pike, founder of The Canteen

Sitting at the epicentre of Stoke’s Croft, its outdoor area overlooked by the famous breakdancing Jesus mural, The Canteen has a become an integral part of the area’s thriving nightlife scene.
As founder Jamie Pike, who has been central to…

Introducing… Davy & Kristin McGuire

This week, we launch our regular ‘Introducing…’ feature, in which we profile some of the many talented individuals and organisations who have decided to make Hamilton House their creative home. Tucked away in a corner of the bottom floor…

Reflecting On the Pioneering Period Policy

Emotional, educational and highly empowering; Alexandra Pope’s half-day seminar outlining the numerous benefits and implications of menstrual awareness has now been and gone. After an at times contentious reaction from the media in it’s lead up…

A Little Thought For The Day…

Working for Coexist everyone’s voice is important, everyone’s role is important, and nobody’s role should by whatever means inhibit the collective reason and creativity of the whole, being sensitive to how our actions and our language influence each…