Trinity Centre awarded £35k grant by Arts Council England

Trinity Centre awarded £35k grant by Arts Council England

Posted on: 14 May 2020

The relief grant will allow Trinity Centre to expand its online programming and support local artists.


Bristol music venue, Trinity Centre, has been awarded a grant of £35,000 as part of a £160m emergency package allocated by Arts Council England to support the arts sector during the COVID-19 crisis.


Revealing the news on social media, the Trinity team said the grant will help them to adapt and expand existing projects. 


It'll enable the venue to more community activities online, and to support independent artists involved in the #TrinityPresents series.

The Trinity Centre team, pre-lockdown. Photo: Khali AckfordThe Trinity Centre team, pre-lockdown | Photo: Khali Ackford


One of Bristol's longest-running live venues, and a proudly independent community space, Trinity Centre ceased trading several weeks ago due to the virus. 


Over 80% of the venue's revenue is earned from live events, hall hire, bar sales and a pay and display public car park, leaving the venue in a precarious position since its closure.


Allocated as part of a huge £160m relief fund set up to support the arts during the current crisis, Arts Council England's grant provides welcome relief to a venue that has established itself over the years as a huge part of both the Bristol music scene and the local, BS2 community. 



With a view to expanding their online output during lockdown, Trinity will be working to provide more workshops in collaboration with their Associate Artist (and local resident), Roxana Vilk. 

Trinity will be releasing information about an open-call commission for an independent D/Deaf or disabled artist to create a new piece of digital work.


Acknowledging that this is also an extremely trying time for artists and freelancers, Trinity is committing 20% of the grant to secure pay for the independent artists and community members involved in the venue's Trinity Presents series.


Speaking on the announcement of the grant, Trinity Board Member and local artists Tom Marshman said:


"With this promise of the emergency Arts Council grant, Trinity can feel more assured that they can continue to be at the heart of Bristol culture and community engagement."


"It's not really a time for a massive party, but more an opportunity to take a breath, pause and stabilise ourselves and look forward to life after isolation," he added.


For more information on the Trinity Centre, or to keep up with the online programming in the coming weeks, head to their Facebook page.


Header Image: Khali Ackford

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Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt graduated from UWE with a degree in Journalism in 2018. He's keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends gigs and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at