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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

Video feed

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...

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

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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

Future Fit Bristol Case Study

100 participants and volunteers in Knowle West had the chance to learn new skills from local builders in order to make their homes more energy efficient. This short case study profiles one aspect of a larger project and introduces a bigger picture of work taking place in Knowle West to move towards a greener and more digital future for all. Project partners: re:work, Centre for Sustainable Energy

Edible Landscape Movement (ELM) Case Study

Edible Landscape Movement (ELM) is a project based in Knowle West, Bristol, where long-term unemployed volunteers received training in urban agriculture and digital media skills. ELM is a partnership project with re:work and Buried Treasure. This film was created by students from City of Bristol College as part of their FDA course.

ULK Showreel

ULK celebrates the skills and talents that exist within the communities of Knowle West and the surrounding areas. Residents of the South Bristol area have been coming forward to share their experience of a particular subject on camera: 900 films have been edited so far.

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