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Archive for July, 2014

New online resource for arts organisations entering the data age

Arts organisations across the UK can now access a free online resource to help them engage young audiences and develop new work exploring the artistic potential of data.

We’ve worked with residents in our local area since 1996, helping them use the arts and digital technologies to make positive changes to their lives and communities – now we want to support other organisations to venture into new and perhaps unfamiliar territories: working with data and young people.

In order to do this, we’ve produced the Data Toolkit – a step-by-step guide to gathering and visualising information in creative ways, and involving interns and trainees in the process.

Organisations can use and adapt the content in the Toolkit to suit their aims, budget and context. For example, one could collect information about their local area and help residents start a campaign. Another could gather statistics and visualise them in creative ways so they can be incorporated into exhibitions. Art galleries could create fun and unusual methods of gathering audience feedback.

The website www.datatoolkit.org.uk includes templates, case studies and animations based on the experiences of seven interns, who worked on data projects at KWMC over six months in 2013-2014.

One such project was The Living Living Room. The interns began by developing an online survey to collect information about residents’ perceptions of their community and their lifestyle choices. In March 2014 the survey was brought to life in a 3D gaming room where people could answer the questions by interacting with eight full-size pieces of cardboard furniture.

Now we hope that other organisations will use these free case studies and resources to develop their own artistic practice and assist young people with their career development.

Naomi Yates, coordinator of the Data Toolkit project, said: “We can collect data about almost anything – from weather patterns and crime statistics to people’s perceptions of their local area. By studying data in depth we can gain a greater understanding of the subject.

“The resources in the Toolkit are based on real projects that took place in the Knowle West community. No previous experience of working with data or young people is required! We hope that other arts organisations can learn from us and find new ways of working that are creative, resource-efficient, and empowering to the communities they work with.”

The toolkit can be viewed at www.datatoolkit.org.uk

The Data Toolkit was produced as part of the Curating Activism programme, which was a partnership project between KWMC, IBM and the University of the West of England, 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.

Data Toolkit Screen Graphics

 

Summer activities for 10-19 year olds

This summer sees our biggest holiday programme for young people yet! We have five weeks of activities, ranging from coding and app-making to sculpture, music and outdoor activities. We hope there will be something for everyone; take a look and let us know what you fancy:

Young Rewired State Festival of Code

Monday 28th July – Sunday 3rd August (doors open 8.30am-6pm; guided activity 9.30am-4pm)

A week of coding, app-making and fun. Design and make your own app – no experience necessary, mentors will be on hand to help you.  From Monday to Thursday we’ll be making and coding at KWMC; from Friday to Sunday we’ll be at Plymouth University presenting our apps to a team of judges!

Ages 8 – 18 (Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult to Plymouth University)
Free but participants will need to pay for travel to Plymouth
Book online at the Young Rewired State website.

Sculpture and Animation

Monday 4th – Friday 8th August – POSTPONED

XLR Urban Music Festival

Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th August (Workshops 11am-4pm; Performances 5-9pm)

A celebration of local music culture featuring live performances, graffiti, urban sports and much more. Now in its fourth year, XLR 2014 offers an even bigger selection of acts, extended hours and even more opportunities to get involved.

Workshops for ages 10-19
Free. Drop in, with opportunities to sign up for workshops. Contact James.

Taking it to the Streets

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd August (10am-4pm)

A week of KWMC activities in parks and outdoor spaces around Knowle West.

Ages 10-19
Free – follow @youthprogramme on Twitter so you know where to find us!

KWMC Summer Programme

Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th August (10am-3pm)

Lots of creative and digital activities to choose from. Workshops to be confirmed, but in previous years we’ve offered animation, performing arts, photography, music and more.

Ages 10-19
£3 per session or £5 per day
You can drop in but we advise you book in advance to secure a place. Contact Sandra or James.

Below are some photos of the things we’ve done in the last few months:

Gallery

“I Will Always Have You” Maker Residency

We are seeking established makers for 3-month residency.

The makers will be working on the project “I Will Always Have You”, collaborating with local residents to explore, design and develop a series of small-batch digitally fabricated “objects of desire” inspired by the rich tattoo culture of Knowle West.  They will be able to develop their knowledge and practice using digital manufacturing processes such as 3D printers, CNC machines and laser cutters in a mini-digital manufacturing hub at KWMC and through access to the FabLab at the University of the West of England.

Find out more about “I Will Always Have You” project  here.

We are particularly interested in makers with the following experience:

  • Recognition in a particular craft discipline relevant to the scope and aims of the project;
  • Experience of digital manufacturing processes;
  • Socially-engaged practices;
  • Product development, marketing and sales knowledge;
  • Interest in developing sustainable enterprises.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this residency, please download and read the job description below and make a submission in a single Word or pdf document outlining the following:

  • Describe your practice and the way you work in no more than 200 words.
  • Outline a collaborative or socially engaged project, exhibition, commission or work that has pushed your practice forward and your key highlights in no more than 300 words.
  • Explain why you are interested in this project in no more than 300 words.
  • Include up to four jpeg images to illustrate your work and/or links to up to three websites that show your work.

Closing date

Send your submission to luke.gregg@kwmc.org.uk, with “I Will Always Have You” in the subject line no later than noon (12pm) on Wednesday 9th July. For further information contact Luke Gregg or call 0117 903 0444.

More information

IWAHY Maker Job Description

KWMC helps Filwood Get Fit

A community festival is coming to Knowle West – and it will support everyone to become more active, whatever their age and ability.

From 7th – 12th July, Knowle West Together, a group of local organisations including KWMC, will be running Filwood Gets Fit. The week will include some special activities, including the ‘Run to Knowle West’ on 8th July and a ‘Dot to Dot’ walk on 12th July. It will also celebrate the activities that are already happening in the BS4 area – from sports teams and walking groups to gardening and children’s clubs.  Many groups will be offering free or reduced-price ‘taster’ sessions.

Why should Filwood Get Fit?

Our physical health can have a big impact on our quality of life. According to the Council’s latest Quality of Life Survey (2012), levels of physical activity in Filwood are lower than the city average. The number of households with a smoker is higher than the city average too. We want to help to change that for the better – we hope that by doing something active we’ll all feel healthier and happier. 

For more information download the Filwood Gets Fit Programme or contact Rachel Clarke at Knowle West Media Centre.

Filwood Gets Fit logo

KWMC secures Arts Council funding for 2015-18

We’re delighted to have received continued funding from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation for 2015-18 and we’re excited about what the next three years will bring. We will continue to engage with communities and support young people to access new opportunities, as well as developing new work exploring how the arts can support social action, entrepreneurship and sustainability. We look forward to working with residents, artists and organisations to ensure that everyone has access to great art and culture, whatever their background.

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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