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Knowle West artists wanted for visual art challenge

Knowle West artists – fancy a challenge? How about creating a piece of artwork in just one hour?

The team behind the We Can Make Chat Show is looking for visual artists* to sit in the audience of two upcoming recordings -on 26th June and 24th July 2019. You’ll listen to the conversations local residents are having about housing and create a piece of artwork inspired by what you hear. The work you create will be printed as a set of limited edition postcards, made by Bristol-based creative publisher No Bindings.

*illustrator, cartoonist, painter or printmaker


The payment for creating the work is £200 per show, £400 in total. You will need to come to both shows in June and July and create a different artwork for each show.


Digital artist Rediat Abayneh’s work in progress during the pilot show in December 2018 (pictured below)










Photo: Will Taylor

Rediat created an image of tools underneath a world of green-roofed houses after she listened to the hosts, guests and audience talk about We Can Make houses being designed to increase the greenery of the area with “living roofs”, as well as being built by local tradespeople. Rediat’s work was printed onto postcards (pictured below)












Photo: No Bindings


Send the We Can Make Chat Show team a link to your portfolio, whether that’s a website, Instagram account or something else. If you’re not online, we’re also happy to see your work in person, just get in touch and we’ll sort out a time to come and see your work.

Email your expression of interest to by Monday 20th May 2019.


Call Knowle West Media Centre on 0117 903 0444 and ask for Hannah, Melissa or Rachel.

What is We Can Make?

We Can Make is a housing initiative based in Knowle West, Bristol, that aims to support people to create the homes they want and need.

Since November 2016 Knowle West Media Centre and architects practice White Design have been working with local residents, architects and policy-makers to try out new ideas for affordable housing. These ideas include building homes on ‘micro-plots’ of spare land.

The environmentally friendly We Can Make test home was built next to Filwood Community Centre in the summer of 2017; hundreds of people have stayed overnight to test it out!

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 is all about making sure communities, not property developers, call the shots: where homes are built to meet local need using local skills.

The We Can Make Chat Show is recorded every other month in the test home. The show is hosted by local residents and features local guests. It covers a range of topics relating to housing – from affordability to what it means to be a good neighbour.

Inspirational visit from Open Bionics founder

In April 2019 we were delighted to welcome an old friend back to KWMC for an inspiring morning of robotics, technology – and make-up!

Samantha Payne, co-founder of award-winning innovation company Open Bionics, met with students and teachers from Barton Hill Academy and explained how Open Bionics produces cutting-edge 3D-printed bionic arms for people across the UK.

Samantha grew up in Knowle West and was involved with KWMC for several years, as a volunteer and then as a staff member. In 2014 she co-founded Open Bionics, which is based in Bristol.  She has since been named one of Forbes ’30 under 30′, a Bloomberg Business Innovator, and Wired Innovation Fellow, as well as receiving many other awards.

During her return visit to KWMC, Samantha was joined by 13 year old Tilly Lockey, an Open Bionics ambassador and inspirational speaker.  As a baby, Tilly contracted meningococcal septicaemia and underwent an operation to have both of her hands amputated. Tilly shared her story with the students and gave a make-up demonstration to show the dexterity and flexibility of the Hero Arms that Open Bionics designed for her.

Samantha and Tilly’s talk was filmed by production company Hotel Hungaria for Toyota’s ‘Driven’ series, which explores the drive and ambition of innovators. Watch this space for the final film…


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

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