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Archive for May, 2015

Dementia Awareness Week: 17 – 23 May

Dementia is something that 1 in 14 people over 65 experience at any one time, but it is also something that can affect people as young as 30. It can mean a big change in how you experience the world, it can have an impact on your relationships, and can affect your memory.

However, people can live well with dementia and there are things that you can do to support your friends and loved ones. Dementia Awareness Week is about promoting the things we can do to help people with dementia do the things that they love.

Here at KWMC there are lots of activities and events that are welcoming to people with dementia. Our MemoryScapes project can also take activities to care homes or day centres, or create bespoke memory boxes for groups. To find out more or to tell us about a care home or group that you think might be interested, please contact Lucinda or call 0117 903 0444.

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 for further information.

Future Brunels come to KWMC

On 6th May we had the pleasure of having Year 8 students from the Future Brunels project for an animation session. They are in their second year of the programme, ‘The Polymath’ year, which is about combining art and science. Throughout the day the young people had the opportunity to storyboard their ideas, make plasticine figures, create interesting backdrops, develop their animations on iStop motion and edit them in iMovie.

Take a look at some of their creations!

Blobs Adventure


The Blobs


To find out how you can book an animation workshop please contact us or call 0117 903 0444.

Support young people with just a few clicks…

This month please use your clicking fingers for good and support our campaign for Aviva Community Funding.  With just a few clicks you can help us provide an inspiring summer programme for young people in Bristol.

We want to encourage and support more young people to be creative, active members of their communities, and help them to develop new skills they can use both in school and out.

Through ‘Jump Into…’ they will design and create sustainable fashion, build their very own robots, and make jewellery using the latest ‘Maker Lab’ technologies, such as laser cutters.

Registration takes just a few clicks: visit our page and click on ‘Register / Log in’.

When you’ve registered you’ll be given 10 votes: every vote counts, so please show us your support! You can vote until May 31st.

Please share this message with your friends, family and networks and help us secure the funding to provide a fun and accessible programme of arts activities for young people in Bristol.

A big thank you from everyone at Knowle West Media Centre.

I’m Staying comes to Knowle West

We’re really pleased that Knowle West Media Centre will be the first venue south of the river to host ‘I’m Staying’, which is on the move around the city as part of the Bristol Biennial.  We’re looking forward to seeing our straw-bale building lit up by Shaun Badham’s artwork this summer.

The statement of Shaun’s piece is particularly poignant for us in a number of ways. We’ve been based here since 1996 and while the reach and scope of our work has expanded since then – regionally, nationally and internationally – Knowle West stays at the heart of everything we do.

As well as our journey as an organisation, ‘I’m Staying’ speaks to some of the things we see, know and love in our neighbourhood: fun, determination and a real strength of community.

You’re all invited to join us for a special switch-on event and outdoor celebration on Wednesday 3rd June, 7-9pm. Enjoy music and performances from local talent, free drinks and refreshments, and see new photographic work by Tommy Sussex in the exhibition ‘What Takes Hold’. As night draws in we will illuminate the sky with the proclamation: ‘I’m Staying’!

Please RSVP to

A huge thank you to everyone who has voted for us and helped to bring Shaun’s work to Knowle West.

Image: Bristol Biennial. Artist Shaun C Badham.
I’M STAYING is produced by Bristol Biennial in partnership with Blink Giant Media and sponsored by Nationwide Platforms, Badger Electrical, Simmons & Simmons and Jeremy Lewison Ltd.

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

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