BRICKS

A collection of spaces that support community and creative practice.

 
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You Move Me, 2014.  Photo by Paul Blakemore    Bricks floor plans and site visualisations by  NOMA Architects

You Move Me, 2014.
Photo by Paul Blakemore

Bricks floor plans and site visualisations by NOMA Architects

Our Vision

We want Bristol to be a place where artists thrive and are resilient as part of Bristol’s future forever.

Our vision is of Bristol as a city where artists have a role in the wider civic ecology and can make an economy around their practice. Where communities feel connected to the value of their own creativity and can use the visual arts to better see and understand the world, themselves and each other.

We see the main threats to this being lack of; affordable studios protected from development, spaces to present work, opportunities for artists to build sustainable business models for themselves.  

Bricks at Trinity Road Police Station is a key step in delivering this.

We are bringing together a collection of social enterprises, artists and collective, groups and small organisations, knowing that we will be better than the sum of our parts.

Community Spaces

We will work to support stronger and more connected local communities through social enterprise and space provision.

 
 

Community Nursery

Photo © Raised in Bristol

Photo © Raised in Bristol

We are creating a new community nursery with a creative early years programme.

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Workshop/ Meeting Rooms

Photo © OpenSpace Bristol

Photo © OpenSpace Bristol

We are creating a variety of flexible spaces to suits community and artist needs. Support local groups and organisations.

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Cafe/ Bar

Photo © Blackhorse Workshop Cafe

Photo © Blackhorse Workshop Cafe

We will create a cafe/ bar, a space for the whole community to gather. 

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Supporting Arts Locally

Photo © Gem Smith for Take A Part CIC

Photo © Gem Smith for Take A Part CIC

We are keen to support art and creativity in the wider area and are open to collaborate.

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“Studios are to artists what laboratories are to scientists, music rooms are to musicians and factories are to industrialists – without them cultural production simply cannot be pursued.”

— Antony Gormley, 2019

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Spaces to Make

We consulted with artists, curators and collectives to find out what they need to be viable in the city, resulting in this model of a portfolio of different spaces they can dip in and out of throughout a project life-cycle - including reliable spaces to make new work.

 

Artist Studios

Photo © Blackhorse Workshop Cafe

Photo © Blackhorse Workshop Cafe

There is a real need in Bristol for safe, secure and long-term studios that are not going to be turned in to flats. Bricks will create space for 50+ artists individual artists and collectives.

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Co-working Spaces

Photo © APPAREIL/ Yellowtrace

Photo © APPAREIL/ Yellowtrace

Bricks will also have creative industries workspaces such as hot-desking and office rental which will bring in a higher rate per square foot to subsidise our other work/use and add to the dynamic community mix.

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Project Studios

Photo © Antlers Gallery

Photo © Antlers Gallery

Flexible project studios will provide opportunity for larger spaces to make outsized work, prepare for a show or rehearsal a new piece.

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Spaces to Engage

We are passionate about the power of creativity and want to both support makers in the city to make the best of their practice - and to connect all our community members with creativity.

Bricks will programme work from a wide variety of artists and producers, with the connecting factor being their connection to Bristol.

 

Exhibitions

Photo © Antlers Gallery / Spatial

Photo © Antlers Gallery / Spatial

Bricks will have an active public programme of exhibitions, with a wide variety of projects, championing the best of Bristol.

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Artist Residency Flat

Photo © Outset Artist Flat, South London Gallery

Photo © Outset Artist Flat, South London Gallery

Artist residency flats will create a valuable resource to import fresh eyes to the city and export our talent elsewhere.

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Event Spaces

Photo © Antlers Gallery / Fuji at the Boat House

Photo © Antlers Gallery / Fuji at the Boat House

We plan an active programme of workshops and events and are geographically well situated to be a hub for creativity and community engagement.

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Outdoors

Bricks will have a variety of outside spaces that will help welcome people into our wider programme and activities.

 

Roof Garden

Photo © Google

Photo © Google

The station has a large flat roof - which we think would make a great roof garden. Providing an oasis in the city and opportunity for outdoor sculptural commissions.

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Yard/ Market

Photo © Unknown

Photo © Unknown

Since the 12th Century until just a few decades ago Old Market has had a busy market with people meeting, trading and connecting - we welcome ideas for how this could be brought back to life.

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Repainting the Station

Photo © B7L9/ Kamel Lazaar Foundation

Photo © B7L9/ Kamel Lazaar Foundation

We are interested in your views on how the building looks and how it could be made more friendly, fun and inviting? Share your thoughts..

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