Coexist is Ten..!
In 2018 we, at Coexist, are celebrating our tenth birthday ! It seems amazing to think what has happened over the last ten years. Stokes Croft was a run down, rarely visited borough of Bristol, Hamilton House was in ruin having laid empty for years.
Back in 2007, following an invitation from Martin Connolly, Coexist was born out of a passion to develop and create grassroots social change that could be a model for other communities nationwide. Equipped with a dodgy acronym, (coexist stands for a Centre Of EXcellence In SuTainable communities) and bags of creativity and determination, Coexist began to transform Hamilton House from a derelict empty office building into the thriving community space it is today.
A true labour of love, this project has seen more than blood, sweat and tears poured into it. The very essence of Coexist and what has been achieved can be felt in the walls of Hamilton House. Yes, recent uncertainties with our lease and the loss of Block C have rocked us, but Coexist is dedicated in continuing our work in supporting the diverse communities that use Hamilton House though educational workshops, community action programmes, providing affordable creative spaces and opportunities for creative expression.
And now we are ten ! To rejoice in this moment we have curated an exciting line-up of events for the month of June that showcase the wonderful variety of activities that happen through Coexist.
Feast with us at Coexist Community Kitchen’s food events in collaboration with Bristol Food Connections:
12th June – Mageiros Pop-Up – delicious two course dinner with flavours from Iran and the Ivory Coast
14th June – Hamilton House Community Lunch – a two course vegetarian lunch in one of Bristol’s most creative hubs
15th June – Morito in Hamilton House – Chef Marianna Leivaditaki of Moro fame hosts a three course sharing banquet !
Welcome in new thoughts and ideas with our Wellbeing talk and workshop on coping with anxiety
28th June – Overcoming Anxiety Talk with David Bowerman
30th June – Overcoming Anxiety Workshop with David Bowerman
CoResist, our in house creative directors, will be hosting events and workshops exploring performance, movement and physical theatre throughout the month:
6th June onwards – Imaginarium – Flex body and imagination
22nd – 24th June – Sketch-Up Performance Creation Lab
29th June – Cure Cabaret – Celebrate transformative arts – an artist showcase
The Coexist Gallery will host Hamilton House: A Retrospective. A look back at all the wonderful cover art from the Hamilton House programme. Opening on the 15th June and on until the 27th. Free Entry !
And the return of the Coexistence Festival ! On the 16th June. Celebrating Coexistence – come and join us for a magical explosion of music, dance, comedy, poetry and creative offerings in the heart of Hamilton House !
Coexistence Festival will be a spectacular evening of the best elements of Coexist over the last 10 years.
At the heart of all our work has been our commitment to our community. The support we have received from both the internal community – those who rent studios and desk spaces, hire rooms and create events, and the external community – has been phenomenal.
Our tenth birthday will recognise all those who have been before, those who still are and those who are yet to come.
We want to extend a warm welcome to Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol and the wider community to come along, take part in some of our events, feel the magic that is palpable through the doors of Hamilton House, and share with us our visions and ideas for the future of Coexist.