Why we are standing up
“We believe that community projects are integral to our city. By choosing to put ourselves on the line, we are challenging corporations not only in Bristol but all over the UK. We are working towards systemic change where communities benefit from the profits and surplus from enterprise – not private individuals or companies.”
Building on their identity as an organisation that lives to its values, Coexist are not just making a legal stand, but also addressing the way private and charitable sectors interact with one another. Coexist are regarded as ambassadors for community rights and, by taking these steps, they may be paving the way for a broader movement to safeguard community spaces on a wider scale.
“We need to start looking at the bigger picture. It is not too late to write our own story.”
Unfortunately we are no longer taking bookings for the new year. We are devastated by this and apologise that we can no longer serve our community as we normally would, for the time being.
Since its inception in 2008, Coexist has been working relentlessly to create a space in which the community can grow, and we are proud to say that Hamilton House became one of Bristol's favourite cultural hubs.
Building on our identity as an organisation that lives to its values, we believe that community projects are integral to our city and deserve to be celebrated.
At its peak, Hamilton House served over 500 artists, social enterprises, charities and small businesses including a wide variety of artists and makers such as visual fine artists, photographers, illustrators, fashion and costume designers.
A magical place where dreams come true. Inspirational and creative environment with committed, supportive and loving staff. XxxButzi Schlaadt (fashion designer)
Coexist really helped me to get my courses on “Art for the Afraid” up and running in Bristol. They have been so supportive, allowing me to use their beautiful community arts space at a very reasonable rate, and offering lots of advice and enthusiasm. I’ve felt very much part of the community since moving to the area and starting up work here as a teacher and an artist; all the folk who work at Co Exist have been so friendly, approachable and full of encouragement for new ideas and projects. It really feels as if anything is possible here!Emma Burleigh (artist)
Hello Coexist, As Sing With Soul Choir takes a break for summer I’d like to thank you for your support and encouragement so far. We’ve seen you show up at performances, sing our praises to your friends and happily hand out leaflets. We couldn’t have better cheerleaders!Jill (choir leader)