Can Bristol Co-Create for the Future?
Trinity Arts and St Paul’s Carnival have joined forces to launch an ambitious project that aims to pilot a new people-led model for culture, and Bristol Ideas have joined them as a co-researcher. Together, we want to support people to take decisions, make change and create culture that matters to them.
St Paul’s Carnival and Trinity are both grassroots, independent organisations based in East Bristol. Alongside delivering citywide events, we both work with local communities to design and deliver creative and cultural provision throughout the year.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) has committed funding for this research and development project, to test a process in which citizens could lead the creation and design of a cultural strategy for Bristol and the surrounding region.
Trinity and St Pauls Carnival will collaborate with the Gulbenkian Foundation, David Jubb of Citizens In Power and others to develop a bottom-up approach within the city that speaks of the collective experiences of diverse communities in order to better shape future decision making.
We want to explore a different approach – one in which the very people who make and enjoy culture have a voice to express what this means for our city.LaToyah McAllister-Jones, Executive Director of St Pauls Carnival
Over the next year, the pilot will explore tested models such as Citizens’ Assemblies – used in Bristol in 2021 as part of the city’s post-COVID19 recovery planning – to input and shape democratic decision making in Bristol; a city known for its arts and culture.
This research phase will run until Summer 2023 and will involve a series of targeted workshops and open sessions, that will explore different ways of co-creating with communities.