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20 Photos for 20 Years

2016 marks 20 years of photography at Knowle West Media Centre.  We developed (no pun intended) from a photography project with Knowle West Health Association back in 1996 and we’ve experimented with ever-changing technologies since then: from darkroom techniques and pinhole photography to digital photography and portraiture.

We’re proud to have supported artists and young people to make and exhibit their own work over the years and as we move into our 20th year we’ll continue to offer residencies, training courses and opportunities for learning to people of all ages.

In 2016 we’ll be releasing 20 snapshots from the life of KWMC to coincide with significant moments in our history.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or check back here to see the gallery grow… Tweet your memories with #KWMC

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Tattoo exhibition reveals the lives, loves and loss behind our body art

A Mobile Tattoo Parlour has been touring Knowle West this summer, digitally collecting people’s pieces of body art. This September we’re holding special preview event where you can find out what the Parlour has discovered…

I Will Always Have You is a collaboration between KWMC, Stand + Stare and Play Nicely. It explores Bristol’s tattoo culture and the fascinating stories behind why people have tattoos – a heady mix of lost loves, raw regrets, and personal memories.

The preview event will take place on Thursday 11th September, from 5.30-7.30pm. You will be able to:

  •  Watch tattooing live and close-up
  • Play with interactive tattoo installations
  • Explore tattoo culture
  • Enter a free raffle to win a tattoo

Also, join Dr John Troyer from the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath to explore the history and cultural role of memorial tattoos.

If you would like to come, please reserve your place at iwillalways.eventbrite.co.uk or call 0117 903 0444.

Drinks will be served; ink will be spilled…

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Summer activities for 10-19 year olds

This summer sees our biggest holiday programme for young people yet! We have five weeks of activities, ranging from coding and app-making to sculpture, music and outdoor activities. We hope there will be something for everyone; take a look and let us know what you fancy:

Young Rewired State Festival of Code

Monday 28th July – Sunday 3rd August (doors open 8.30am-6pm; guided activity 9.30am-4pm)

A week of coding, app-making and fun. Design and make your own app – no experience necessary, mentors will be on hand to help you.  From Monday to Thursday we’ll be making and coding at KWMC; from Friday to Sunday we’ll be at Plymouth University presenting our apps to a team of judges!

Ages 8 – 18 (Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult to Plymouth University)
Free but participants will need to pay for travel to Plymouth
Book online at the Young Rewired State website.

Sculpture and Animation

Monday 4th – Friday 8th August – POSTPONED

XLR Urban Music Festival

Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th August (Workshops 11am-4pm; Performances 5-9pm)

A celebration of local music culture featuring live performances, graffiti, urban sports and much more. Now in its fourth year, XLR 2014 offers an even bigger selection of acts, extended hours and even more opportunities to get involved.

Workshops for ages 10-19
Free. Drop in, with opportunities to sign up for workshops. Contact James.

Taking it to the Streets

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd August (10am-4pm)

A week of KWMC activities in parks and outdoor spaces around Knowle West.

Ages 10-19
Free – follow @youthprogramme on Twitter so you know where to find us!

KWMC Summer Programme

Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th August (10am-3pm)

Lots of creative and digital activities to choose from. Workshops to be confirmed, but in previous years we’ve offered animation, performing arts, photography, music and more.

Ages 10-19
£3 per session or £5 per day
You can drop in but we advise you book in advance to secure a place. Contact Sandra or James.

Below are some photos of the things we’ve done in the last few months:

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Tattoo arts project scratches the surface of South Bristol

A  tattoo parlour with a difference is about to open in Knowle West, Bristol –  instead of inking new tattoos it will digitally collect people’s pieces of body art and create an online gallery celebrating the strong tattoo culture in the neighbourhood.

The Mobile Tattoo Parlour will be open for business at 11am on Tuesday 10th June on Leinster Avenue, outside the Marked Up Tattoo Studio. Knowle West Media Centre is looking for ten local people to come ready to add their favourite tattoo to the online collection as part of the opening ceremony and press launch for a new project. If you would like to take part please contact Luke Gregg on 0117 903 0444 or email him at luke.gregg@kwmc.org.uk

The Mobile Parlour is a collaboration with digital agency Play Nicely and artists Stand & Stare – and is part of new project called ‘I Will Always Have You’. From Tuesday 10 June Knowle West residents can photograph their tattoos and upload the ‘tattoo selfies’ and their stories to www.knowlewesttattoos.org.uk.  Some will feature in an interactive exhibition at KWMC in September this year.

I Will Always Have You’ offers an opportunity for people to share the memories, lost loves and tall tales that are etched into their tattoos. By gathering these stories, the project hopes to explore and better understand the growing popularity of tattoos across the UK and the richness of the tattoo culture of Knowle West.

Melissa Mean, Arts Producer at KWMC, said: “1 in 5 adults in Britain now have a tattoo[1] – by using our skin as a canvas we can become walking works of art. KWMC is looking forward to welcoming all sorts of people to the Mobile Parlour to share their experience of the creative act of tattooing. We’re scratching the surface of Knowle West and we’re excited about what we might find.”

Lucy Haywood, Artistic Director at Stand & Stare said: “We have already met some incredible people with amazing tattoos in Knowle West. One thing that has struck us is how, when people have multiple tattoos, they often become like a map of memories, indelible pictures that remind you of people, stories and who you are. We can’t wait to get the Mobile Parlour out on the road so we can meet loads more fascinating people and build up a better picture of why Knowle West Boys and Girls love their tattoos so much.”

Megan Hoyle, Studio Manager at Play Nicely, said: “We jumped at the opportunity to work on this campaign for a few reasons – but largely as it’s such an interesting use of Kinect technology. [With] the online tattoo cataloging system for everyone in Knowle West (at first) to easily submit their own tattoos and the resulting exhibition – it can only be a hugely original and revealing event.”

The Mobile Parlour will tour different locations around Knowle West from Tuesday 10 June. The Parlour will then be installed at Knowle West Media Centre from 1 July, where people can visit it over the summer.

For more details about I Will Always Have You contact Melissa Mean. For press enquiries contact Rachel Clarke.



[1] Metro: ‘ Why Britons love being inked’. http://metro.co.uk/2013/02/21/do-you-have-a-tattoo-too-why-britons-love-being-inked-3504642/

More information about the project coming soon.

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#artvstech Round Two

Knowle West Media Centre will be putting Art and Tech head to head for a second time this half term.  Join us to create a collection of memories and bring your stories to life – digitally!

On Tuesday 27th May Ludic Rooms will join us again for a day of mapping, getting lost, and finding our way again. Help us to find the answers to questions like: “How many scooter lengths from Knowle West Children’s Centre to KWMC?” and create new ways of measuring Knowle West.

Work with artists Pippa and Fiona on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th May to find and design interesting objects triggered by memories. Use new materials to re-cast found objects, and use Fiona’s laser cutter to make your designs.

On Friday 30th May join James and Phoebe (KWMC Young People’s Team) to make a sound story or audio clip of your favourite memory. Use Google Maps with Sandra (Lead Creative Producer) to make a map of memories and bring it to life with your creativity through craft work, drawing and more.

The Young People’s Team will be on hand all week to help you create films and other digital records of the memories you collect. There will also be all the things you would expect from a week of KWMC activities: more Raspberry Pi’s, more Littlebits, more music, more photography…

To get involved now tweet a favourite memory to @youthprogramme using #artvstech

  • All activities are free.
  • Knowle West Media Centre, 27th – 30th May 2014, 10am-3pm. Ages 10-19. Please bring a packed lunch.
  • To book your place call 0117 903 0444. For more info speak to Beccy or Sandra or email Sandra@kwmc.org.uk

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Nicholas White – photographer in residence

Over the last few months Nicholas White has been working as photographer in residence at Knowle West Media Centre, developing a new commission: “The Five Thousand Island Forest”. Based in Okehampton (UK), Nicholas’ work is themed around landscape, exploring narratives related to human intervention, the environment and the ways in which we interact with our natural spaces.  “The Five Thousand Island Forest” is a landscape exploration of Knowle West –  more details will be available soon.

Nicholas was awarded the South West Graduate Photography Prize in 2013 for his work “The Militarisation of Dartmoor”, which is currently exhibiting at Green Hill Arts. The prize was established by Fotonow in 2010 to ‘showcase photographic work emerging from the region to a national audience.’ Nicholas and the finalists of the 2013 prize – Katie Emmett, India Pocock, Matthew Sheather, Patrick Graham, Sydney Cunningham and Katy Brothers – will have their work exhibited at KWMC from 28th May.

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos taken by Nicholas during shooting for “The Five Thousand Island Forest”.

001 & 002 – Scouting trip to the roof of St. Mary Redcliffe
003 – Shooting at Springfield Allotments towards Bristol
004 – Goats at Andy’s Haven Nursery
005 & 006 – Shooting Knowle West from the roof of The Tobacco Factory

For more information about Nicholas’ work visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

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Exhibition celebrates invention and hard work at Temple Meads

A new exhibition celebrating the working life of Bristol Temple Meads opens on Wednesday 4th December – using photographic techniques that are as old as the station itself.

Reverberations’ is a series of 12 large-scale portraits commissioned by Knowle West Media Centre and part of the Bristol Temple Quarter Commissions project, which aims to engage people with the past and future potential of the city district. The photographs are displayed on Platform 15.

When Temple Meads Station opened in 1840, William Henry Fox Talbot was busy inventing “photographic drawing” not too far away at Lacock Abbey near Bath.  His creation of the calotype (or salt print) paved the way for modern photography by enabling images to be reproduced many times. Using Fox Talbot’s hand-crafted techniques and water from the River Avon, photographer Mark Perham’s portraits reverberate with the unseen energy, rhythms and meticulous graft that keeps Temple Meads running every day.

The portraits show people working at the station in years gone by, including:

  • David Crafer, who worked in the railway signal boxes for thirty years, and is photographed re-visiting the soon to be demolished signal box at Temple Meads.
  • Joey Stephens, who currently works at Temple Meads and was responsible for getting the Union Jack to fly on top of the station, and is photographed in the disused wine cellars that form part of the network of tunnels under the station.

Photographer Mark Perham commented: “You can feel the history of Temple Meads station reverberating through everything and everyone. I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph the people who work here and hear their fascinating stories.”

First Great Western’s Station Manager for Bristol Temple Meads Glyn Beck said: “At First Great Western we are committed to supporting the communities we serve and are delighted to be able to offer Bristol Temple Meads as a venue to host this exhibition. Over 27,000 passengers a day pass through the station, supported by our helpful and friendly staff. Building on Inky’s installation, and Luke Jerram’s platform 3 sculpture, it is wonderful to once again be able to work with Bristol artists to improve the station environment for all.”

Young people photograph ‘I’m a Celebrity’ contestant

Back in 2010, Amy Willerton – model, presenter and current ‘I’m a celebrity..get me out of here!’ contestant – took part in a photoshoot with a group of young photographers at Knowle West Media Centre.

The photoshoot was part of the ProFound Media project, when the young people were exploring issues around body image and representation. They took some professional shots of Amy, then Miss Bristol, including the one below.

Copyright: Nlarge Photography

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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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