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Archive for November, 2017

Looking Back on Half-Term

As the end of the year begins it’s imminent approach, we look back on the success of our October Half-Term Courses that saw young people who were already connected to the Knowle West Media Centre and those who were engaging with us for the first time!

Aquarium Photography Course (23/10/17)

Following on from our sold-out Animal Photography Course we thought we would take a trip to Bristol Aquarium to develop the photography skills of participants through capturing the beauty of ocean life. Learning the skills to shoot in low light settings, the group had the opportunity to practice and learn about a variety of different sea creatures. From the well known blow fish to the more obscure unicorn fish, the day was undeniably an experience that broadened the young people’s scope of marine wild life as well as the staff’s.

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Skateboard Design Course (25-26/10/17)

Skateboarding and design came together for our second October Half-Term course. This two day instructional programme allowed 16-25 year olds to conceptualise designs for their own skate decks (provided by KWMC). This particular course took place at KWMC: The Factory which facilitated the laser cutting that was needed to precisely etch the designs into the wood of the decks. We were pleased to see a host of new faces who were able to learn more about the work we do at KWMC as well as create new friendships with local young people who have shared interests.

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Our Half-Term Courses continue to serve as an intersection for skill development, creativity and fun and we can’t wait for our next series of out of term programmes that will be take place during February 2018’s school break. Until next time!..

Fun and Games at the Gaming & Anime Expo

On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November Knowle West Media Centre opened its doors once again for the annual South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo. Attracting people from all over the city and beyond, the event pulled out all the stops, satisfying every gaming enthusiast’s taste for retro and modern gaming!

The two day Expo included a breadth of games that ranged from classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot to current favourites like the new Star Wars, which was played on a big screen in our main studio space. From the time the doors opened to the time they closed, there we people of all ages expressing themselves through play.

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One of the best reflections of our aim for the event was seen in the multi-player games that allowed families, friends and strangers alike to game together, bringing people closer and introducing others for the first time. To look out into the sea of people and see parents with their children and children with KWMC staff members was a heartwarming moment.

The Expo also hosted a series of workshops for illustrators and aspiring illustrators where anyone who took part could create their own manga drawings. Our Truth Room was taken over by the Space Data role-play game created by Eight: the game took teams of people onboard a crashing spaceship and challenged them to decipher data in a series of tasks in order to find a new planet to live on.

With one of the young people saying “this is awesome, it’s even better than I expected”, we’re excited to say that the 2017 Expo was a massive success. Here’s to next year!

Don’t worry if you missed this event: JUMP Studios runs a range of activities during term time. Click here for more details.

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

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