The Pierian Centre reflects and embraces the community around it. Our location in Portland Square means that there’s a series of communities radiating out around us. The community of the Square sits at the heart of St Pauls, with its vibrant mix of the diverse and the disadvantaged. Beyond that, East Bristol has its own distinct character – and spreading out further, the Pierian Centre has forged a community of users and visitors that spans Greater Bristol and the wider region.

Our status as a Community Interest Company expresses the Centre’s involvement in the life of the cultures and societies around it.

The biggest event of the Pierian year is Refugee Week, when for 9 days the Centre is given over to a cultural celebration of the surrounding communities for whom Asylum is a painful reality.

Doors Open Day in September is another annual event that lets a wider community explore this beautiful Georgian building. But the everyday operation of the Centre is just as important in integrating the communities around it.

The range of activities here serves to build bridges on a daily basis between people whose paths would not normally cross. 

"The Pierian Centre has not only led to the beautiful restoration of 27 Portland Square, it is also a catalyst in bringing about the restoration of confidence and hope in an area and community full of character." (a visitor on Doors Open Day)