Archive for June, 2014

Residents help to ‘Make the Neighbourhood’

On Saturday 21st June sixty people came to our Make Your Neighbourhood event to see the exciting things happening in Knowle West – and join in.

Activities included designing signs for Knowle West, making things out of recycled materials, our mobile tattoo parlour collecting local tattoos and their stories, and making fresh apple juice with Re:Work‘s apple pressing machine. The clear favourite for many were the bike rides from local new business and all ability cycling hub A Ride in the Park. This business was supported by the Do What You Love programme.

The stall by Knowle West Health Association & Bramble Farm sold out of locally grown veg, while many noises of approval could be heard from people tasting bread baked by local business Bread Club. Other  highlights included the My Knowle West app and the future map of Jarmans, made by Joe Kelly, an Architecture and Planning student on a placement with us.

As part of Big Green Week we also conducted tours of the building, and everyone enjoyed finding out about the history of KWMC and the environmental aspects of our building.

Amanda Ramsay, who ran a stall at the event about Knowle West Futures, said: “We were really pleased. We spoke to lots of local people that we had not met before, and we signed up some new members to our group.”

We are also pleased that one of the local businesses recruited a new volunteer – and six people came along who had never taken part in an event like this before! Thanks to everyone who came, on what was a scorcher of a day. To find out about future events visit the Events section.

A video about the event will be up soon.

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

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  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’.

More information about the project coming soon.


A thank you to KWMC volunteers

As part of National Volunteers’ Week 2014, Knowle West Media Centre staff would like to publicly thank our volunteers:

“Volunteers are absolutely vital to Social Mirror. This year our volunteers have helped us to issue nearly 150 social prescriptions to community members in Knowle West. Their hard work has really changed people’s lives, helping to inspire people to improve their health and wellbeing. I want to give my thanks to all the volunteers who have made this possible. Without them the project wouldn’t have happened.”
Lucinda Thelwell, Volunteer Coordinator (Social Mirror)

“A huge ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who help out at the Beginners’ Computer Class. Without them we couldn’t help so many older people in the local community. The students really appreciate their patience and knowledge.”
Martin Hanstead, Digital Neighbourhoods Tutor

“The wide range of skills our volunteers have enables us to offer so many more opportunities to young people through our regular programme and holiday activities than we could provide with our core team alone. Because of our volunteers young people can record their own music with an experienced sound engineer, create a computer game with an expert coder, transform a piano into something new with skilled group workers and so much more. Thank you.”
Beccy Thomas, Programme Manager (Young People)

“Without the valuable time and enthusiasm of the volunteers working with the “Do What You Love” Programme our participants would not have been able to have received such valuable support. Thanks to the volunteers who have supported the sewing group and laser cutting in particular. You know who you are and the participants are very grateful.”
Justin Ricks, Green Digital Business Programme Manager

“Our Front of House and Administration Volunteers provide invaluable support to a busy, multitasking staff team. I’m always impressed to see how quickly our volunteers grow in confidence and I’m really pleased by how many are now in paid employment.”
Michaela Micrae Simpson, Operations and Buildings Manager

“A huge thank you to all the community reporter volunteers past and present for their tireless work over the past 18 months. I appreciate the hours you have put in chasing up stories, interviewing local celebrities and taking photos at events. You have painstakingly worked on your articles to fine tune them into brilliant copy – keep up the good work. Without you we wouldn’t be able to sniff out all the good stories and give this area a voice”
Sue Mackinnon, Community Journalism Tutor

“I’d like to thank everyone who helps me to turn a pile of articles and a folder of photos into a twelve-page newsletter every issue! The editorial group give me invaluable guidance in identifying the key news items for each issue and, as Sue Mackinnon has said, the many contributors and reporters do a sterling job of bringing events, important community issues and good news stories to our attention. The Knowledge newsletter volunteers help me ensure that Knowle West residents are well-informed about the things that affect their area – and, crucially, that they have a place where they can have their say. I’m really proud to edit a newsletter that people genuinely look forward to receiving and I’m very grateful for the team.”
Rachel Clarke, Newsletter Editor

“Between April 2013 and March 2014 KWMC has had the good fortune to have had over 62 volunteers contributing over 790 valuable hours of their time supporting people here, many of whom are local residents and children who come to learn new skills, express their ideas and get creative. Some of our volunteers go on to get jobs because of the experience they have had, some go back to their jobs with new insights and a different perspective on life, some just have fun and enjoy meeting new people and sharing their expertise. Much of what we do would not be possible without the commitment and energy of all those who volunteer and so a big thank you from me to all of them.  I’d especially like to thank Professor Rodric Yates who last year donated a great deal of his very valuable time and expertise to helping over 16 young people learn coding and tech skills and contributed to our Curating Activism programme.”
Carolyn Hassan, Director

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Michaela Macrae Simpson or call 0117 903 0444.

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Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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