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Office space available

Knowle West Media Centre has a spacious office available for rent in the unique surroundings of an eco-friendly building.

The Wessex Room, officially named by the Earl of Wessex in 2011, can comfortably accommodate 12-16 people in a light, self-contained working environment.

The space measures 70.2m sq. and has floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, allowing plenty of natural light.  The furniture can be rearranged to suit you.

Services include:

  • caretaking and cleaning
  • serviced reception and visitor area
  • CCTV security
  • onsite technical support
  • high speed wi-fi internet access
  • free, secure onsite parking
  • bike racks and showers

Rental terms are flexible and tenants are entitled to discounts in hiring our other spaces.

To organise a visit to the Wessex Room or for more details about joining our creative community please contact Michaela or Caryn or call 0117 903 0444.

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Forgotten Toys workshops in Knowle West

After a few weeks of rounding up toys, games and stories on our ‘toy trike’ and experimenting with our discoveries in The Factory, we invited the public to get hands on with the Forgotten Toys Compendium and have a go at creating new games and characters.

On Saturday 12th September KWMC and Ludic Rooms brought the Forgotten Toys to Knowle West Fest at Filwood Broadway for an afternoon of experimentation. Local residents of all ages joined in the remixing of old toys to create new characters and games. Together we dismantled toys to discover how they worked, rebuilt them in new forms and experimented with their new functions. We took advantage of the last of the summer sun to begin to create new outdoor games through reimagining the toys for a new purpose.

On Wednesday 16th September we hosted a Circuit-Bending workshop with Ludic Rooms for the young people from Creative Hub. The aim of this workshop was to demystify battery powered toys by opening them up and taking a peek at how they looked inside the plastic. Often whenever toys with electronic functions stop working they are relegated to the back of cupboards and attics, or even the bin. Once we saw how the circuits were made we were able to learn how to fix them. We were even able to rewire them for an entirely new function, giving an old redundant toy a fun and exciting new lease of life.

Keep up to date with the project as it unfolds on the Forgotten Toys blog.

 

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The Factory hosts a Big Toy Hack

On Friday 4th September, along with Ludic Rooms, we hosted an open day of experimentation, research and development at The Factory in Filwood Green Business Park. A number of curious experts of Play came along to the session, where we mixed up circuit-bending, street games, craft and digital fabrication.

The day began with a discussion of the aims and the ideas behind the Forgotten Toys Compendium before launching into a character creation exercise. Dolls and action figures were taken apart, jumbled up and glued back together again; kinetic functions were investigated and repurposed; elaborate stories were created around the construction of these new characters. After lunch, we then embarked on the collective construction of a water feature using old plastic toys, wheels from toy cars and water balloons.

Our next Toy Hack will take place Saturday 12th September. From 10am we will be at KWMC as part of Bristol Open Doors Day, then from 1pm we will be at Filwood Broadway for Knowle West Festival. Bring out your old toys and help to create new games!

Follow the project as it unfolds on the Forgotten Toys blog.

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Run to Knowle West: Call for Artists

The fast-paced fitness challenge returns for its second year! The event is part of Filwood Gets Fit and we are offering an artist, or group or artists, the opportunity to engage with the event.

Run to Knowle West celebrates the unique layout of the area around the Northern Slopes and how we navigate the landscape. It begins at the bottom of the Novers Steps on the junction of Parson Street and Lynton Road and finishes 183 steps later at the entrance to Knowle West Health Centre. In 2014 the event marked the start of Filwood Gets Fit and provided a crossover with Lost & Found, a KWMC project.

The deadline for submissions is noon 1st June 2015, the event will take place on 8th July 2015. Download a copy of the Artist Brief here.

Please contact dee.canavan@kwmc.org.uk for further information.

KWMC presents paper at national conference

On Saturday 18th April, Sarah Shorrock, one of our Junior Digital Producers (JDPs), presented a paper at an event at the University of Nottingham, organised by the British Education Research Association.

The paper, written by Sarah, was about the action research approach our JDPs adopted when developing the film ‘The Glowing Divide.’ It explained how the Visible You project was devised in an ongoing way, based on what the JDPs discovered through their research with young people, to ensure that the process and the subsequent film were relevant to young people.

The paper, which will be available to download from this website soon, was very well received by the national audience.

Visit the Visible You project page for more information about the project and our interactive documentary exploring how social isolation affects teenagers – and what we can do about it.

 

Young tour guides wanted

What’s it like being a teenager in South Bristol?  Where do you hang out? In February 2015 we’ll be working with award-winning Canadian arts company, Mammalian Diving Reflex, to create a unique journey around Knowle West. If you’re aged 13-19, interested in performance or art, and you don’t mind a bit of a walk – you could be one of our tour guides!

The ‘Night Walks’ will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th February and we’d love to show visitors the present and possible future of the area through YOUR eyes.

  • take part in an international arts festival organised by In Between Time
  • work with a team of artists from Canada
  • develop a new kind of live performance, right on your doorstep!

 For more details about getting involved contact Sandra or visit the Night Walks page.

 

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An Annual General Meeting with a difference

We invite you to attend an Annual General Meeting with a difference…This year we’re celebrating the opening of the Eagle House Pop-Up Furniture Factory – a temporary community making space in the heart of Knowle West – and we’d love to welcome you.

When: Wednesday 19th November
Where: Eagle House Pop Up Furniture Factory & Eagle House Social Club, Newquay Road, Knowle West

From 3pm you can take a guided tour of the Pop Up Factory, meet some of the people working there, and see products being made. You can also try your hand at making your own product.

The official business of our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will start at 6pm, next door at the Eagle House Social Club. There you can experiment with technologies and apps, meet the KWMC team, and find out more about our future plans.

We hope you can join us to celebrate the year and explore opportunities for the future.

Please feel free to drop in to the Pop Up Factory Open Day whenever you like.  If you’re able to attend the AGM from 6pm we’d be grateful if you could RSVP to rachel.clarke@kwmc.org.uk or call 0117 903 0444.

We look forward to seeing you then!

KWMC hosts celebration of home movies

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking that is held annually at many venues worldwide. This year Know Your Bristol came to Knowle West Media Centre with their state-of-the-art bus, kitted out to provide local people with the opportunity to come together to share and digitise their home videos, and recount and record their stories.

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KWMC Director to judge Cary Grant film competition

Could you write, shoot and edit a 90-second film inspired by North by Northwest – in just one month?

We’re delighted that our Director, Carolyn Hassan, has been invited to judge a short-film challenge commemorating the cinematic work of Cary Grant.

The Cary Comes Home festival takes places on 11th-12th October 2014 and celebrates internationally renowned film star Cary Grant – who was born Archie Leach in our very own city of Bristol. The festival includes film screenings, talks, and a film challenge.

The challenge is free to enter and entries are accepted from 1st September until the deadline of Friday 3rd October 2014, 5pm. Films must be must be under 90 seconds and include at least one of the following: a suit, a classic quote from North by Northwest, a compass, a field, a train, sunglasses, matches.

Shortlisted films will be featured on the festival website and shown on The Big Screen At-Bristol Millennium Square, opposite the Cary Grant statue, over the festival weekend. Winning films will be screened before the red carpet gala screening of North by Northwest at the Bristol Hippodrome on Sunday 12th October.

The films will be judged by a panel including:

  • Carolyn Hassan (Knowle West Media Centre)
  • Rich Warren (Brief Encounters)
  • James Ewen (CineMe)
  • Cathy Poole (MoVIES)
  • Charlie Harman (Compass Presents)
  • Catherine Grant (Film Studies For Free)
  • Gina Fucci (Films at 59)

For more details visit the Cary Comes Home website.

 

Knowle West Heritage Walking Tour

On Wednesday 13th August around 25 people joined us for a heritage walking tour of Knowle West with local historian and lifelong resident Ken Jones. Ken gave a detailed account of Knowle West’s rich history, stretching all the way back to its past as a Roman settlement in the 3rd Century.

The walking tour started with the history of the Knowle West Media Centre site where there used to be a health clinic built in the early days of the NHS in 1952. It was next door to what was colloquially known as the “fever hospital.”

The tour then moved on to Inns Court. Several churches have existed over the years on the site of Holy Cross Church at Inns Court and the current church was built in 1999. Though the building is new, an old bell and font from Temple Church, which was bombed during the Second World War, reside there.

Behind the church at Inns Court Ken showed us where parts of an old manor farmhouse are still visible. The farmhouse was subsequently used as a vicarage and later to house chickens. There was also another farm situated near the current site of the bus depot. In the old farmhouse there was a secret room revealed by a levered shelf in the larder – where it is claimed that Royalists hid from Roundheads during the Civil war in the 1640s.

The tour then visited Filwood Broadway where you can see a series of purpose built buildings from the 1950s, including Filwood Library, Filwood Social Club, and the swimming pool which closed in 2008. The old cinema that was first opened in 1938 is also on Filwood Broadway – some of the seats from which can now be found at the MShed museum.

Ken provided a comprehensive and, at times, surprising journey through the history of the area. He explained that “Knowle West” was invented as a postal address by the Post Office in the 1930s and the area’s official name is Filwood Park. “There’s no such place as Knowle West,” commented Ted, who is the caretaker at Holy Cross Church.

Participants found the walking tour very interesting and were interested in attending similar events in the future to hear more of Ken’s unrivalled local knowledge.

Thanks to Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives for working with us to organise the walk as part of their summer programme.

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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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