Trinity already engages with Dublin city and its creative ecosystem, but we seek to engage more. We want to put in place pathways to enable improved collaboration with the whole cultural creative sector in Dublin and Ireland. Part of our longer-term ambition is to explore with potential partners a new multi-purpose, adaptable creative space in the city centre

- Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost, Trinity College Dublin

How can a university best support arts, culture and creative entrepreneurship? 

In 2013, we were engaged to investigate how Trinity could better support cultural and creative industries. The process involved cultural mapping, a stakeholder engagement process, and a review of what supports work well for creative practitioners. 

In that context, we investigated the need and opportunity for a new creative space for innovation to be pioneered by Trinity in a new model of academic-public-private-creative collaboration.

The process engaged over 130 creatives and wider stakeholders in the city, applying our M.CO lab cultural mapping of the campus and connections within the city and national contexts. The outcome was Trinity Creative and the identification of the need for a major innovation development project The Connector a concept adopted and published in their Strategic Plan, which you can read here.