The Bristol Commons
Coexist pioneer creative cultural and community projects that enhance wellbeing and resilience. Since our eviction from our flagship project Hamilton House in 2018, Coexist has been reimagining its role and devising a new strategy that reflects the current climate communities face during the impacts of Covid 19, the increasing ecological crisis and a potential economic crash.
In such times of overwhelm, community spaces where we can come together are needed more than ever. We have relaunched our community kitchen in Mivart Street, Easton, and are consulting with communities around Bristol on potential future projects. We are always open to invitations and suggestions so if you would like to recommend an interesting site or possible project please get in touch. Details about our current consultations can be found below.
Community Centres Across Bristol
A new Community Hub in St. Anne’s
In December 2018, following the eviction of Hamilton House, Coexist temporarily relocated to St. Anne’s House, St. Anne’s. The building is owned by Bristol City Council, and the principle leaseholder at the time was St. Mungos. The vision was that Coexist would open and manage a community centre on the top two floors and St. Mungos would run an emergency homeless shelter on the ground floor. The stars did not align, and Coexist were only offered a 3-month lease - an opportunity that the directors, given the recent experience at Hamilton House, felt did not offer sufficient security of tenure to launch a new community space.
In 2020, the homeless shelter was forced to close due to lockdown restrictions as a result of new Covid-19 guidelines. The following year Coexist were offered a 1 year lease to run the building at cost price, but by this point the building had also attracted interest from BRICKS. Seeing an emerging and eager organisation chomping at the bit, Coexist decided to withdraw its interest and instead support BRICKS’ vision for the building by backing its bid to the council, and provided the organisation with £1000’s of equipment to run the new community centre in St. Annes.