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Knowle West Media Centre

Knowle West Media Centre is a media arts charity based in south Bristol that aims to develop and support cultural, social and economic regeneration. Over the past 15 years KWMC has been devoted to enabling communities to engage with, and benefit from, digital technologies and the arts, getting the most out of the developing nexus between technology and culture.

KWMC provides opportunities for young people to explore the possibilities of digital media in an after-school setting. KWMC Creatives Services organising environmental projects to encourage sustainable living and organise a full arts programme of artist residencies, exhibitions and workshops with local, national and international artists. The centre, complete with high-quality media facilities, studio space and training resources, offer creative learning opportunities to complement the National Curriculum.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £90,000
  • 2013-2014: £92,070
  • 2014-2015: £94,464

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Eagle House Pop Up Furniture Factory

A pop-up furniture factory has opened its doors, offering training and employment for Knowle West Residents. In November 2014 KWMC launched a new six-month programme of design, digital manufacturer and construction: the Eagle House Pop-Up Furniture Factory. The factory is on Newquay Road, in the former Eagle House Youth Centre, which closed in 2014. Eagle House Pop-Up Furniture Factory has been commissioned to produce high-quality office furniture to kit out the Filwood Green Business Park. This is currently under construction by Midas for Bristol City Council and is set to open in Spring 2015. This short film was made by students from City of Bristol College during their Community Liaison Module, based at Knowle West Media Centre.

Knowle West Media Centre's Made Open Instrument Appeal (madeopen.co.uk/projects/instruments-appeal)

Check out our project here: https://madeopen.co.uk/projects/instruments-appeal We are trying to find new instruments and equipment to help young people to make music in Bristol. We are looking for any instruments, old and new, music equipment including amps, stands, headphones, cables and money for us to by used kit, alongside ideas for finding people who maybe interested. On a weekly basis Knowle West Media Centre work with young people from 13 - 19 to create original music, liver performance opportunities and recording opportunities. In addition to our regular sessions we offer a free recording space for aspiring musicians, who have the chance to use the music studio independently or alongside one of our time.The young musicians we work with see the sessions as a plaform for musical success, and our attendance is growing all the time, but this makes it ever harder for us to cater to their creative needs. We have enough space, but we have way too little equipment.  Every session we have to break down all of the equipment from our music studio to take into the session space, meaning that no young people can use the music studio whilst the music sessions are running. We really need to equip ourselves enough to have both spaces running at the same time, and also give the young musicians the opportunities to create larger collaborative pieces.At the moment one of our session leaders is bringing in his own equipment on a weekly basis for his group to work with, but we prefer for him to not have to do that.  We need your help to fix this situation. December is the busiest sales month for new instruments, so, come Christmas lots of old insruments are going to be no longer wanted or needed, and lots of young people are going to have intruments and learn what to do with them. We will have even more young people, and we need to match the need for sessions with the relevent equipment.  Please help us in to help sculpt the future generation of young musicians.

Knowle West Ice Bucket Challenge

PLEASE NOTE: The graffiti pictured in this video contains expletives. Knowle West resident and local campaigner Mary Smith decided to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness of the problem of graffiti in the Inns Court area - but also what young people were doing to make things better. She asked us to help her make a video and here are the results...

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Wildfest 2012 (Community Liaison Module 2012)

This film, about an annual celebration of all things environmental, was made by students studying at City of Bristol college, as part of their Media Production course, 'Community Liaison' module.

England to Ecuador music project

England to Ecuador brought together two groups of young people making music on opposite sides of the world. The 2013 project was a musical collaboration between urban artists from Knowle West Media Centre and live musicians from the Institute of Visual Arts in Quito, Ecuador. The groups created a music track and a short film, which documents how the young people were brought together by music, even when separated by language and geography. The film also features footage of the music-making process and interviews with the artists. 'England to Ecuador' not only illustrates how technology can be used to bridge barriers to collaboration -- it celebrates a mixing of different musical styles and cultures.

The Living Living Room Launch

Knowle West Media Centre has created an interactive cardboard living room that comes alive when it's played with. A team of seven Junior Digital Producers wired up these stunning pieces of cardboard furniture as part of a fun digital questionnaire that collects information about residents' perceptions of their community and their lifestyle choices Part of the Data Patchwork project, supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. www.datapatchwork.co.uk

Data Patchwork

Explore the Living Living Room online at www.datapatchwork.co.uk. KWMC is has created a series of interactive games to collect information and is using art to explore the findings. Part of the Data Patchwork project, supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Youth Programme Promo (Community Liaison Module 2013)

*THIS VIDEO CONTAINS FLASHING IMAGES* This promotional video for the Youth Programme at Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) was made by students at City of Bristol College, as part of their FdA Digital Media Production course, Community Liaison module. KWMC's Youth Programme is funded by BBC Children in Need.

Baking Bread (Community Liaison Module 2013)

The Bread Group get together every Thursday at Knowle West Health Park to bake and sell their very popular bread and to socialise. They love it and they welcome anyone to join and learn. The Bread Group are being championed by Knowle West Media Centre's 'Do What You Love' Green and Digital Business programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. http://kwmc.org.uk/projects/dowhatyoulove/ This film was made by students at City of Bristol College, as part of their FdA Digital Media Production course, Community Liaison module.

'What You Need' Music Video (Community Liaison Module 2011)

Foundation Degree Media Production, Community Liaison Production Module 2011 City of Bristol College in association with Knowle West Media Centre Supported by KWMC, students spend 12 weeks working with clients in a community setting and produce filmed work according to a brief. They collaborate with local people to find ways of using aspects of media and multimedia to address issues that affect the community. 4NINE Records is a new record label based at Knowle West Media Centre. It takes its name from the total number of postal codes in Bristol, representing the label's commitment to inclusivity. The track 'What You Need' was the result of collaborative writing process between 4NINE artists Deep, Legacy Taylor, Miss Twist and Lady K (now known as Makala Cheung).

Adverts for Local Businesses - Marked Up (Community Liaison Module 2011)

Foundation Degree Media Production, Community Liaison Production Module 2011 City of Bristol College in association with Knowle West Media Centre Supported by KWMC, students spend 12 weeks working with clients in a community setting and produce filmed work according to a brief. They collaborate with local people to find ways of using aspects of media and multimedia to address issues that affect the community. One group of students made a series of web adverts for businesses based in Knowle West. The filmed adverts were designed to act as virtual shop windows when placed on the website www.knowlewest.co.uk: raising the profile of businesses, some of which didn't have a physical shop-front. This advert is for Marked Up, a tattoo studio in Knowle West run by Mark Allen.

Edible Landscapes Movement (Community Liaison Module 2011)

Foundation Degree Media Production, Community Liaison Production Module 2011 City of Bristol College in association with Knowle West Media Centre Supported by KWMC, students spend 12 weeks working with clients in a community setting and produce filmed work according to a brief. They collaborate with local people to find ways of using aspects of media and multimedia to address issues that affect the community. One group of students produced a series of short case study films to demonstrate the positive impact that the Edible Landscape Movement (ELM) project has had on local volunteers and the Knowle West community.

4NINE Records Documentary (Community Liaison Module 2011)

Foundation Degree Media Production, Community Liaison Production Module 2011 City of Bristol College in association with Knowle West Media Centre Supported by KWMC, students spend 12 weeks working with clients in a community setting and produce filmed work according to a brief. They collaborate with local people to find ways of using aspects of media and multimedia to address issues that affect the community. 4NINE Records is a new record label based at Knowle West Media Centre. It takes its name from the total number of postal codes in Bristol, representing the label's commitment to inclusivity. This documentary explores the label's background and its hopes for the future, and shows the collaborative process of making a track. The track was then made into a music video.

Adverts for Local Businesses - Party Balloons 4 U (Community Liaison Module 2011)

Foundation Degree Media Production, Community Liaison Production Module 2011 City of Bristol College in association with Knowle West Media Centre Supported by KWMC, students spend 12 weeks working with clients in a community setting and produce filmed work according to a brief. They collaborate with local people to find ways of using aspects of media and multimedia to address issues that affect the community. One group of students made a series of web adverts for businesses based in Knowle West. The filmed adverts were designed to act as virtual shop windows when placed on the website www.knowlewest.co.uk: raising the profile of businesses, some of which didn't have a physical shop-front. This advert is for Party Balloons 4 U, a business based in Knowle West and run by Carollyn Magic.

Railway Stories: Campaigning Beyond Retirement

Campaigning Beyond Retirement - Dave Wood Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) made seven films with local residents, in association with Biggerhouse Film, for the Watershed as part of the 'Bristol Stories' project. The films explore life, love and work on Bristol's railways. Hear from former guards, signalmen, firemen and trackmen. Share the tales of a man who, as a boy, shared silent meals with Winston Churchill at Temple Meads, and a woman who met her future husband at Parsons Street station when she was eight. 'Bristol Stories' was a Watershed project in partnership with M Shed with support from Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and Bristol City Council. Facilitator - Tom Stubbs Photography - Royston Smith Additional footage from Somerset film with thanks to West Somerset Railway

Railway Stories: From Swinging the Shovel to Pressing the Button

From Swinging the Shovel to Pressing the Button - George Gallop Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) made seven films with local residents, in association with Biggerhouse Film, for the Watershed as part of the 'Bristol Stories' project. The films explore life, love and work on Bristol's railways. Hear from former guards, signalmen, firemen and trackmen. Share the tales of a man who, as a boy, shared silent meals with Winston Churchill at Temple Meads, and a woman who met her future husband at Parsons Street station when she was eight. 'Bristol Stories' was a Watershed project in partnership with M Shed with support from Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and Bristol City Council. Facilitator - Tom Stubbs Photography - Royston Smith Additional footage from Somerset film with thanks to West Somerset Railway

Railway Stories: My Love of the Railway

My Love of the Railway - Joyce Shallis Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) made seven films with local residents, in association with Biggerhouse Film, for the Watershed as part of the 'Bristol Stories' project. The films explore life, love and work on Bristol's railways. Hear from former guards, signalmen, firemen and trackmen. Share the tales of a man who, as a boy, shared silent meals with Winston Churchill at Temple Meads, and a woman who met her future husband at Parsons Street station when she was eight. 'Bristol Stories' was a Watershed project in partnership with M Shed with support from Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and Bristol City Council. Facilitator - Tom Stubbs Photography - Royston Smith Additional footage from Somerset film with thanks to West Somerset Railway

Railway Stories: Three Times on the Railway

Three Times on the Railways - Reg Shallis Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) made seven films with local residents, in association with Biggerhouse Film, for the Watershed as part of the 'Bristol Stories' project. The films explore life, love and work on Bristol's railways. Hear from former guards, signalmen, firemen and trackmen. Share the tales of a man who, as a boy, shared silent meals with Winston Churchill at Temple Meads, and a woman who met her future husband at Parsons Street station when she was eight. 'Bristol Stories' was a Watershed project in partnership with M Shed with support from Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and Bristol City Council. Facilitator - Tom Stubbs Photography - Royston Smith Additional footage from Somerset film with thanks to West Somerset Railway

Railway Stories: Winston and I

Winston and I - John Hudson Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) made seven films with local residents, in association with Biggerhouse Film, for the Watershed as part of the 'Bristol Stories' project. The films explore life, love and work on Bristol's railways. Hear from former guards, signalmen, firemen and trackmen. Share the tales of a man who, as a boy, shared silent meals with Winston Churchill at Temple Meads, and a woman who met her future husband at Parsons Street station when she was eight. 'Bristol Stories' was a Watershed project in partnership with M Shed with support from Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and Bristol City Council. Facilitator - Tom Stubbs Photography - Royston Smith Additional footage from Somerset film with thanks to West Somerset Railway

Railway Stories: I'm an Ex Railway Man

I'm an Ex-Railway Man - Dave Crafer Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) made seven films with local residents, in association with Biggerhouse Film, for the Watershed as part of the 'Bristol Stories' project. The films explore life, love and work on Bristol's railways. Hear from former guards, signalmen, firemen and trackmen. Share the tales of a man who, as a boy, shared silent meals with Winston Churchill at Temple Meads, and a woman who met her future husband at Parsons Street station when she was eight. 'Bristol Stories' was a Watershed project in partnership with M Shed with support from Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and Bristol City Council. Facilitator - Tom Stubbs Photography - Royston Smith Additional footage from Somerset film with thanks to West Somerset Railway

Railway Stories: Early Railway Memories

Early Railway Memories - Sandra Hudson Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) made seven films with local residents, in association with Biggerhouse Film, for the Watershed as part of the 'Bristol Stories' project. The films explore life, love and work on Bristol's railways. Hear from former guards, signalmen, firemen and trackmen. Share the tales of a man who, as a boy, shared silent meals with Winston Churchill at Temple Meads, and a woman who met her future husband at Parsons Street station when she was eight. 'Bristol Stories' was a Watershed project in partnership with M Shed with support from Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and Bristol City Council. Facilitator - Tom Stubbs Photography - Royston Smith Additional footage from Somerset film with thanks to West Somerset Railway

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