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Archive for September, 2018

We Can Make housing initiative one of 50 ‘New Radicals’

Every two years Nesta and The Observer New Review showcase 50 individuals and organisations that are changing the UK for the better – and in 2018 a Knowle West initiative is one of them!

Our We Can Make housing programme has been selected as one of 50 ‘New Radicals’ – a list of individuals, organisations and initiatives from around the UK “developing creative ways of tackling society’s biggest challenges.”

At a time when working people can expect to pay around 7.6 times their annual earnings on purchasing a home in England and Wales, We Can Make aims to ensure that communities, not property developers, call the shots: where homes are built to meet local need using local assets and skills.

Led by Knowle West Media Centre and White Design, We Can Make brings together Knowle West residents, artists, academics, designers, architects and policy makers to try out new ideas for sustainable, affordable housing.

Almost a year to the day since the straw-bale We Can Make test home opened next to Filwood Community Centre, the initiative has been recognised as an innovative approach to tackling the challenge of unaffordable housing – an issue that affects communities in Bristol and across the country. Read the New Radicals profile of We Can Make here.

For more information about We Can Make and how you could get involved contact Melissa or call 0117 903 0444.

The We Can Make test home hosts an open house every Thursday afternoon from 2-6pm if you’d like to drop in and find out more.  Find the house on the corner of Barnstaple Road and Marwood Road, next to Filwood Community Centre.

About The New Radicals

New Radicals is a search led by Nesta, the innovation foundation, and The Observer to find “the top people, projects and organisations offering innovative ways to tackle social challenges.” It was launched in 2012 and runs every two years.

For more information and the full list of 2018 New Radicals visit the NESTA website.

About Nesta

Nesta is a global innovation foundation. It backs new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time, through its knowledge, networks, funding and skills. Nesta works in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities. It is a UK charity that works all over the world, supported by a financial endowment. To find out more visit their website. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833.

Music and performance live-streamed from Knowle West

This September, KWMC artist in residence Marc Blazel will be running a live music and performance session at Filwood Community Centre. Marc will be joined by local and UK-based artists who will be performing a short experimental set in front of a green screen.

You can watch the live stream on Marc’s Youtube channel between 6 – 8.30pm on Sunday 9 September  2018.

Marc’s residency is part of Living, Working, Making Together, a programme of artist residencies in Knowle West exploring how artists and communities live, work and make together.

Over the last few months, Marc has been investigating Knowle West TV – an early community cable TV project first broadcast on Bristol Channel in the 1970s.  KWMC was given access to 23 hours of Knowle West TV footage in 2014 and hosted a programme of activities in 2015 to share the footage with the community, including daily screenings  and a discussion about the past, present and future of community media.

In 2018, Marc is asking the question: ‘what could Knowle West TV could look like today?’ He is also interested in the cross-over between digital and real-life communities.

Marc has been interviewing people involved with Knowle West TV as well as filming some of the activity that takes place at Filwood Community Centre.  To make his video works, Marc blends layers of video to create a digital collage.

To find out more contact Hannah: e-mail or call 0117 903 0444.  See more of Marc’s work online here.

Discounted courses in 24-hour Culture Flash Sale

The 24-hour Culture Flash Sale is back for 2018: for one day only, discounted tickets and offers are available at a host of venues across Bristol and Bath!

From music, theatre, art and museum exhibitions to Planetarium shows and children’s events, there’s plenty to see.

The sale begins at 10am on Thursday 6 September 2018 and runs until 10am on Friday 7 September 2018.

Offers are limited – when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Read on for details of discounts on our making and music courses, as well as offers from other organisations involved in the Flash Sale.

Discounts from KWMC and KWMC: The Factory
10% off: Make your own laser-cut jewellery

Learn how to design and make a piece of laser-cut jewellery in this four-hour workshop at our making space KWMC: The Factory. Beginners welcome! Ages 16+

During the Culture Flash Sale we’re offering 10% off the usual price of £55. Visit our online shop and use the code jewelleryflash18

Date: Friday 16 November 2018, 10am-2pm
Cost: £55 (10% off during Flash Sale)
Venue: KWMC: The Factory, Filwood Green Business Park

£30 off: Audio Lates 10-week music production course

This 10-week beginner course will give you the skills to start writing and recording your own music.  Learn the basics of digital software including Logic Pro X, MIDI, sampling and synthesisers, with handy hints and tips on mixing and arrangement to help you create the sounds you want to hear.

During the Culture Flash Sale we’re offering £30 off the usual price of £180. 10 sessions will cost you just £150: £15 for each three-hour session! Visit our online shop and use the code musicflash18

Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6.30-9.30pm, from 4 October to 2 December 2018
Cost: £180 (£150 during Flash Sale)
Venue: Knowle West Media Centre

Are you nearer to Bath than Bristol?

Edge Arts are offering £6 tickets to USER NOT FOUND, a play about what happens to our digital identities after we die.

The Bath Box Office has a comprehensive list of offers across music, literature, theatre, dance and more. 

Keen to know more? Search #CultureFlashSale on social media and read the full list of Flash Sale offers on the Visit Bristol blog.

 About the Flash Sale

The Culture Flash Sale is coordinated by the Bristol Arts Marketing Network in co-operation with Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations Project and Destination Bristol. This is the 9th edition of the sale.

Contact Us

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

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