Coexist – a Bristol-based social enterprise renowned for growing creative community spaces, pioneering new economy projects and fostering community-led resurgence.
In 2008, Coexist founded Hamilton House in Stokes Croft, Bristol – as a pilot ‘Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Community’. Through careful co-production and collaboration it became one of the UK’s largest and most successful community-cultural hubs, which it managed for ten years before the organisation’s much publicised eviction, along with over 500 artists, social enterprises and charities, in December 2018.
Drawing upon its experience and learnings, Coexist is now building a movement to support communities and community hubs across Bristol. Many vital spaces and places – as well as organisations and services – are under threat. We believe that this network of people, infrastructure, knowledge and expertise is essential for individuals and communities to thrive. These resources need to be championed, nurtured and protected if we are to be successful in transitioning to a more sustainable future.