A creative future for Trinity Road Police Station.

Championing Creativity, Connecting Community

Bricks is a charity formed to purchase, repurpose and run Trinity Road Police Station as a mixed use arts and community space. A collaborative platform that supports the local communities of Old Market, St Judes and Newtown and the artists of Bristol to thrive.

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For Bristol, Forever.

Our vision is for Bristol as a place where artists thrive and are part of Bristol’s future, forever.  

A city where we are all more connected to our own creativity and can use it to better understand ourselves, the world and each other.

Photo © Gem Smith for Take A Part CIC

Photo © Gem Smith for Take A Part CIC

Supporting Local Communities

Through creative consultation with our local communities we will look at what needs there are that we can help to address. Some needs we already plan to cater for are for a community nursery, community meeting rooms, workshop and cafe space.

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Photo © Max McClure for Antlers Gallery

Photo © Max McClure for Antlers Gallery

Supporting Bristol Artists

The needs of Bristol’s grassroots visual arts ecology are well documented. We need mechanisms to support artists to be resilient and viable in our city. We will do this through providing spaces to work, make and engage, and with professional development opportunities.

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Photo © Gem Smith for Take A Part CIC

Photo © Gem Smith for Take A Part CIC

Developing local talent

We’ll be working in partnership with creative organisations around Bristol to develop a programme that celebrates local talent, and hosts international players.

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Bricks floor plans and site visualisations by NOMA Architects

Photo © Phamily Kitchen

Photo © Phamily Kitchen

Spaces to meet and connect

Bricks will be a new space in the Trinity area that can be used flexibly, for work, culture and play.

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Bricks will support inclusive growth in our local area, working with existing communities and creatives.

If successful with our tender, we will repurpose the existing buildings of Trinity Road Police Station to support our local communities and grassroots creative activity.

Uses we are currently exploring include:

  • Community nursery

  • Community cafe

  • Community garden/ roof garden

  • Community/ meeting/ workshop spaces

  • Community bike workshop

  • Exhibition/ event - public programme project spaces

  • Artist residency flats/ accommodation. Space for national and international exchange.

  • Affordable artist studios - 50+ artist studio spaces

  • Affordable artist workspaces for collectives

  • “Room of Requirement” - project studios/ preparation/ rehearsal space

  • Hot-desking and office space for creative and social enterprise

  • Artist’s/ local enterprise shop

  • Outdoor market

  • Community housing provision/ residential provision

  • Community run solar micro grid on roof

  • Neighbourhood Policing Facilities (requisite of the tender)

We see buildings being owned by artists and communities as the only way to ensure that these spaces are maintained long term. We don’t want to look back from five years from now and realise that all the creative spaces are now flats and offices.

Synnove Fredericks / Jo Lathwood, You Move Me, 2014.  Photo by Paul Blakemore

Synnove Fredericks / Jo Lathwood, You Move Me, 2014.
Photo by Paul Blakemore