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Archive for October, 2016

Retro tech meets virtual reality

 This half term the futuristic world of virtual reality will collide with the nostalgic realm of console gaming as the South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo returns for its second year.

On Saturday 22 and 23 October Knowle West Media Centre will host a celebration of gaming, digital media and art which will bring together retro games and new technology.

  • Do you grab your headset and enter a new digital world when you game?
  • Do you remember the days of consoles and cartridges, and Sonic vs Mario?
  • Or do you prefer your games to have boards and pieces, with no tech in sight?!

The South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo is suitable for all ages and will include a retro gaming area (featuring consoles including SEGA Megadrive and Nintendo64), a board game station, cardboard arcade, and an opportunity to try new virtual reality technologies.

There will also be a gallery exhibition of emerging artists, screenings of anime films, workshops exploring comic production, and a chance to have your photo taken in a pop-up studio.

The event runs from 10am-5pm on 22 and 23 October. Young people aged 19 and under go free and adult tickets cost £5 in advance.  Tickets can be booked online at and under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact Mena Fombo, Young People’s Programme Manager, on 0117 903 0444 or e-mail

Seeking artists for special two-day exhibition

2016 marks the second year of the South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo and this year we’re looking for emerging artists for a special gallery exhibition.

The exhibition is scheduled to be held on 22nd and 23rd October, during this year’s Expo, and aims to uncover, promote and introduce new talent.

Artists of all ages are invited to submit an image that can be enlarged to A1 size for exhibit. Your image will be credited, if your work is for sale we can include the price, and you’ll feature on our website with links to your work.

We are looking for:

Manga/gaming/character illustrations
One-page comics
Fan art

Please email with the title ‘Artist Submission’ and include the following:

For the exhibition:

Hi-res artwork attachment/s (suitable to be enlarged to A1)
Name/credit for display
Price (if relevant)

For the website:

Short biography – no more than 200 words
Links to your work webpage / Twitter handle /Instagram (if relevant)
Your logo (if relevant)

We are particularly keen to receive work from artists whose work is under-represented in the creative industries, including Black, Asian and other minority groups, people with disabilities, young people and young adults (ages 11-30) and residents of South Bristol.

We cannot guarantee that all artworks will be included in the final exhibition, so we want to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your submission!  We’ll notify all successful artists by Monday 17th October, 5pm.

Artists are welcome to collect and keep the prints we create after the Expo.

Please email or contact Mena 0117 903 0444 of you have any questions.

Image credit: Crownroot Publications.

Brilliant Bob shortlisted as Trustee of the Year

This week we were delighted to discover that one of our trustees, Bob Fisher, has been shortlisted for the Trustee of the Year award at this year’s ‘Voscurs’.

The Social Impact awards are run by Voscur, a charity that provides direct support services and specialist advice to voluntary organisations and social enterprises across Bristol.

Bob is a Knowle West resident who has devoted much of his life to supporting disability sport and volunteering as an official at the Paralympics.  He is involved with many organisations across the Knowle West and he became a trustee of Knowle West Media Centre in 2012.  He has been an invaluable asset to us ever since!

As well as his advisory work as a trustee and his support in regularly promoting our work, Bob is actively involved in delivering projects here.  He is a member of the advisory group for SPHERE, which meets to inform the planning of the health and technology project, in partnership with University of Bristol.

A former lightweight boxer, Bob also helped to coordinate the meetings of the Sporting Memories network, which took place every week over several years at KWMC.  He invited his contacts to come along and attended each week, picking people up on the way!

Please join us to thank and recognise Bob for his commitment to social inclusion in Knowle West and beyond: you can #VoteforBob and find out more about his tireless work here.

Find out more about becoming a trustee of KWMC here.

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+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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