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Having changed our name to Knowle West Media Centre, we received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community.
It had become clear that our building - the former William Budd Health Centre - wasn’t up to the standard we needed and we supported a group of local young people to gather ideas for a new centre. The Archimedia group consulted with residents, devised a project brief, and recruited White Design as the architects.
The former Health Centre was demolished in March 2007 and work began on a new purpose-built media centre.
The keys to the finished KWMC building were handed over on 14th February 2008 during a visit from the Chancellor the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling.
Knowle West residents were invited to open-air lunch to launch the University of Local Knowledge: an arts project that aims to uncover and celebrate the skills and talents that exist within the area.
The two-day ‘Demanding Conversations’ conference provided an opportunity for policy makers, practitioners and academics to meet and reflect on issues facing socially engaged arts practice.
During a tour of Bristol, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex visited KWMC and met residents and young people working with us to develop arts projects within the community.
The European Regional Development Fund awarded KWMC a £311,606 grant to support the development of eight small enterprises that utilise ‘green’ and digital technologies.
KWMC joined forces with students from the University of Bristol and the British Computer Society (BCS) to mentor 30 young people during a week of coding. During the event, run by Young Rewired State, young people built their own software applications - and two young people presented their ideas at Birmingham's Custard Factory at the end of the week.
We were visited by a delegation from China’s Expert Committee on Climate Change. Our team shared some of the lessons we've learned through partnership working with organisations across Europe on projects like 3eHouses and IES Cities.
On Friday 2nd May we had the honour of hosting the national broadcast of BBC Radio 4′s flagship political panel programme Any Questions? The panel, chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, debated five questions including violence in schools, rent control and the increasing use of foodbanks across the UK. The panelists were George Eustice MP, media executive Kelvin Mackenzie, food writer and poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, and Mary Creagh MP.
A new community making space opened its doors for the first time...We worked with local organisation re:work to transform the empty youth centre on Newquay Road into the Eagle House Pop Up Furniture Factory. Three local people were hired as trainees and the team started producing furniture for the new Filwood Green Business Park.
KWMC became the first venue south of the river to host Shaun C Badham's neon artwork 'I'm Staying'. The switch-on event celebrated both the artwork's first birthday and the success of the Eagle House Pop Up Furniture Factory.
Knowle West was named as one of the Intelligent Community Forum’s (ICF) Smart21 Communities of 2017. The cities and communities in the select group were recognised for their work in applying ‘digital tools to building local economies and societies' and Knowle West was the only community in the UK to make the shortlist. The area is now in the running for the international award of Smart Community of 2017.
KWMC and White Design launched the We Can Make initiative after almost a year of research and experimentation. The programme aims to create sustainable, affordable housing that meets local needs and utilises local skills: the community becomes the developer! In summer 2017 We Can Make constructed a beautiful prototype home next to Filwood Community Centre; in October local residents and Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees stayed overnight to try it out.