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Art of Resistance

Two-year project exploring 100 years of social activism, protest and civil disobedience in Bristol and the art that underpinned each movement.

We will chart the lived stories of inner-city Bristolians and, explores the city's history of grass-roots artistic, community and cultural movements.

Between 2020-2022, Trinity will explore how key movements and their messages have been amplified by different art forms such as poetry, textiles, posters, banners, music and performing arts.

The programme of activities will include include oral history and reminiscence sessions, workshops, talks, trails, exhibitions and events for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with, connect through and be inspired by stories of our shared past.


© Colin Moody

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Bristol's identity as a city is linked to a history of movements, civil disobedience, riots and protests – from the Bus Boycott right up until the Tesco Riots.

It’s a city where people feel empowered to make change and have a voice - this can be seen throughout its history as much as in its identity today.

Over a two-year programme, our team of researchers, interns and volunteers will explore key movements including Women’s Equality & The Suffragettes, Workers Risings & Bristol Riots and Anti-Racism & Anti-Fascism.

We will look at a modern-history of counter-culture and civil disobedience between 1980-today, exploring how the city’s continued activist undercurrent has shaped recent movements.

Click on the links to find out more about our Researchers.


Heart & Soul Project workshops, 2018

Project History

One of Trinity's charitable aims is to promote the heritage connected to the building.

We design and deliver projects that explore social and cultural history themes connected to Trinity - including the historic built environment, the heritage of local communities and their social and cultural traditions and journeys, capturing the rich social and cultural history of our diverse city.

As well as our current Art of Resistance project, past projects include Heart & Soul, Vice & Virtue, The Bristol Sound and What’s Your Trinity Story? exploring people’s heritage stories with a connection to the Trinity Centre and Old Market Conservation Area, where Trinity is located.


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