Could anything top this trip and/or be more relevant to my current work back home? I feared not...

As it turns out, I was so very, very wrong!

This is the Trinity Art Centre in the heart of Bristol.

Their mission is to "empower communities through arts and make sure everyone has the opportunity to access and shape arts and culture in Bristol"

As soon as the group walk through the doors it's clear we're in for a treat. The reception/foyer is a wash of vibrant colours and decorative modern art.

We're greeted by Emma Harvey, the centre's director. Emma is clearly passionate, energetic and quite fiery about the arts centre. The story Emma tells about Trinity's history is genuinely compelling and she goes to great lengths to explain the rocky road they have had on their path towards Asset Transfer and keeping the arts of Bristol alive and kicking.

It clearly hasn't been an easy ride for these guys, Trinity Arts Centre have been through it all, but now they have it all!

The tour begins and we are led through to the main venue hall. This place is decked out! There's a decent sized stage, lighting rigs, a huge line-array sound system and an off stage sound booth.

We're told this room is used for a variety of events, large and small, with regular gigs arranged. It's a full-scale, community-led, music venue!

Pinch me

The tour continues upstairs to a contemporary art gallery known as the "Graffiti Room" and that's when I see it... two words that excite me no end..."Live Studio"

I asked Emma if I could have a quick look and I'm quickly introduced to Dave Thomas who handles the Youth Music side of the centre. The rest of the group are taken into "The Fyfe Hall" for a presentation whilst I'm led on a private tour of the centre's music facilities.

Studio 3's bigger, Bristolian brother

Dave explains that the bulk of the music facilities are funded by Youth Music and they can offer rehearsal space, one-to-one tuition, training workshops and music-recording. There are so many great things that Trinity have implemented in this space and I feel some of them could/should be mirrored back at CaVCA's live-studio in Scarborough, I take Dave's email address and head back to the group.

Emma's presentation is well underway at this point.

The centre's economic impact is impressive!

Emma details their "lifer prisoner scheme" where they offer work experience for people that have served 20+ years in prison and have been released to a "world that has changed."

They deliver workshops and offer learning/support to help them back into employment. They have even hired a few themselves!

The building itself is not dependent on core funding, 50% of their funding comes from their live-music programme and the reputation that Trinity has held for decades helps them achieve this.

I'm genuinely inspired by The Trinity Centre. They have been through a lot and have overcome so many hurdles to get where they are today.

"You can't put a price tag on a rainbow"

We're soon back on the bus returning to the Marriott, time to grab another power-coffee and head straight back into the Bristol Suite for the afternoon conference.

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