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The Art of Resistance is a two year project exploring 100 years of social activism, protest and civil disobedience in Bristol and the art that underpinned each movement.

The project 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.

Keep up-to-date with the project, including how you can take part, by signing up to our mailing list here.

The project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


© Colin Moody

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.

Call for content

We'll be sharing news about activities and events you can get involved with soon. In the meantime, if you have any content, artifacts or stories you would like to share to help build this picture of Bristol as a city of art and activism, this is how you can get involved:

If you have digital material you can upload it here: Art Of Resistance Submission form, or if you have a physical item or would like to discus taking part in an interview to tell your own story, please contact

In particular, we're really interested if any artwork, including poetry, textiles, posters, banners and ephemera, music and performing arts that were used to support and capture the spirit of different movements throughout the ages.

Whether your story or art relates to Workers Rights, Women’s Equality, Anti-Racism, Anti-Fascism or something else we haven't thought of, please get in touch.


Heart & Soul Project workshops, 2018

The Trinity Centre is a Grade II* Listed converted former church and heritage is a key strand of our activities programme.

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.

Past projects include The Bristol Sound and What’s Your Trinity Story? exploring people’s heritage stories with a connection to the Trinity Centre and Vice & Virtue researching the history of the Old Market Conservation Area, where Trinity is located.

Our 2017-18 Heart & Soul project ran in parallel to an extensive period of capital repairs to the historic asset, generously supported by a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and match funders.

Alongside the essential repair works, we engaged 680 people across a programme of heritage learning and participation activities including workshops in traditional crafts. We supported and trained 21 volunteers and 2 young people as Project Interns in learning practical conservation techniques as well as skills in oral history and archiving.

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