What difference does Knowle West Media Centre make? How does our work with technology and the arts impact people and communities?
Our mission is to achieve social, environmental and economic regeneration by involving the community in media activity, education and action. We evaluate all of our work against these three aims to make sure our work is effective.
At KWMC in the financial year 2015-16:
- There were 13,507 attendances at events, workshops and projects
- 6,393 individual people took part in our activities
- 937 of those people were under 25
- 229 of them were over 60
- 551 were local people
- 13 young people had work week long experience placements
- 19 trainees were employed for six months or longer
- 41 Volunteers supported KWMC’s programme to be planned and delivered
- 5 additional full time jobs were created
- 43 artists were commissioned and
- 14 of those artists worked with young people
- 13 artists’ residencies were completed
- 22 new pieces of work including performances, were produced
- There were 27,438 downloads of audio or video made at KWMC
- We worked with 11 European partners, from four countries outside the UK, to identify innovative and environmentally beneficial uses of open data
- We worked with more than 10 different academic partner organisations to inform research about the socially beneficial uses and applications of digital media, tools and data
The difference these experiences make for individuals is illustrated in a set of stories about people’s journeys and experiences.
How does Knowle West Media Centre make a difference?
1. By working with people to build tools, skills and places that will support positive social change
We work with people to create learning spaces and we provide skills training and opportunities for all ages to experiment with ‘making and producing’. In the last 12 months we have:
2. By shaping the way we’ll live in the future by experimenting with new ideas
We develop opportunities for a wide range of people to ‘imagine’ the future, by testing ideas and technology within communities, public spaces and homes. In the last 12 months we have:
3. By making visible the cultural and creative wealth that exists within communities
We support people to celebrate and build on the assets within their neighbourhood, and we ensure there are meaningful opportunities for people to engage in arts and culture in Bristol – particularly those who have had the least opportunity. In the last 12 months we have: