Archive for December, 2015

Bringing artists and young people together

Do you have an idea for a project or workshop you’d like to trial with a group of creative young people?

At Knowle West Media Centre we want to offer emerging and established artists a ‘test space’ where they can trial new work.  We also want to give young people opportunities to meet and learn from interesting people – so we thought we’d bring the two groups together!

We’re looking for artists / technologists who would like to try out a new idea with a group of young people – perhaps to get their feedback in the development phase or perhaps to expand your experience of working with this age group.  There are no restrictions on tech or art form: your work could involve media and music, hands-on art and making, CAD and programming, performance or something else entirely…

Our Creative Hub sessions take place on Wednesdays at Knowle West Media Centre (Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL) and there are two slots that we can welcome artists to: the early group from 4-6pm and the later group from 6.30-8.30pm.  The young people who attend range in age from 9 to 19 and during the session artists will be supported by one of our Youth Media Workers and have full use of our Training Rooms and computer facilities.

If you’d like to get involved please e-mail Sandra Manson with a short proposal for a workshop lasting around 1.5 hours.  We aren’t able to pay technologists or artists but please ask us about our Timebanking Scheme. We also hope you will find the opportunity useful in developing your practice and your skills in engaging with young people.

Examples of our current work with young people can be found here.

Meet the 2015 Junior Digital Producers

In October 2015 Knowle West Media Centre employed eight young people aged 18-24 as Junior Digital Producers (JDPs), a role supported by the Creative Employment Programme.

During their six months’ employment with us, the JDPs learn in-demand digital skills from industry experts, such as coding, animation, filmmaking and design, whilst being supported to improve their confidence and professionalism. Their training takes place within the context of a ‘real life’ project that aims to produce a positive social impact by working with local people to respond to an identified need.

They are the third group to be employed in this way – the first having worked on the Data Patchwork programme and the second on an interactive documentary.

The 2015 JDPs are Alex, Chris, Dipo, Gage, George, Kelly, Raddy and Yasmin. This year the JDPs will be working on the food research project Who decides what’s in my fridge?

JDPs 2015

Seven of the eight Junior Digital Producers for 2015: Gage, Chris, Yasmin, Alex, Raddy, George and Dipo. Not pictured: Kelly.



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

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