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KWMC to host Dance Connect residency

We’re delighted to announce that Knowle West Media Centre will be hosting a dance residency in 2021, exploring new ways that people can participate in making and enjoying dance performance.

Dance producer Katy Noakes has received a Dance Connect residency through Bristol Dance Futures, and will be collaborating with dance artists Frankie Johnson, Paris Crossley, Lewis Norman and Lea Anderson.

During the residency, Katy and KWMC will work with the artists, young creatives, makers, and local DJs and VJs to explore the combinations of mood, movement, music and visuals that impact people and make them feel connected – and apart.  They will also be exploring how creative technologies could be used in dance participation and production.

The residency will draw on Katy’s existing work on Shuffle R&D, which seeks to expand on a traditional ‘learn the section, perform the section’ model of participatory performance.

Katy said: “I feel incredibly lucky to be working with the team and community at KWMC. After just a few meetings I’m counting my blessings to be in touch with such a considerate, smart and committed bunch of people! We’re kicking off the residency by starting some design work with KWMC The Factory, and looking forward to collaborating with more KWMC groups and community as the year unfolds.”

About Dance Connect

Dance Connect is an initiative by Bristol Dance Futures – a consortia of Bristol arts organisations and independent artists, that aims to create a vibrant dance ecology across the city, so people of all ages can engage with high-quality dance. Katy is one of five Bristol-based dance practitioners who will be undertaking residencies in organisations across the city.

The residencies are an opportunity for practitioners, organisations and communities to collaboratively develop a programme of dance activity.

Selected dance practitioners are Penny Caffrey, Helen Wilson, Lerato Dunn, Katy Noakes and Rachael James. They will work with Filwood Community Centre, Southmead Development Trust, Sirona Healthcare, Knowle West Media Centre, and Fresh Arts respectively.

Dance Connect is supported by funding from Arts Council England.

Photograph courtesy of Katy Noakes.

Tips & Tricks for Responsible Research & Innovation

This week Knowle West Media Centre and the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) launched a new interactive resource exploring what it means to practice Responsible Research and Innovation.

Tips & Tricks for Responsible Research & Innovation offer 20 provocations to inspire and challenge people as they reflect on the topic: from the theories that underpin responsible research and innovation to the way we carry out this kind of work.

The Tips & Tricks are designed as a pack of square cards that can be printed at home. Each ‘tip’ is presented as a short statement and a colourful illustration, and the tips have been grouped to reflect the European Commission’s five ‘keys’ of Responsible Research & Innovation: ethical, collaborative, inclusive, open and learning.

Tips include the idea that ‘the ends and the means are equally important’ and that ‘the easiest to reach may not benefit the most.’

You can download the resources for free via the ENoLL Padlet website.  The print-at-home document also contains instructions for activities you can do to spark discussion and reflection.

About Tips & Tricks for Responsible Research & Innovation

The Tips & Tricks cards have been created and designed by KWMC, in collaboration with the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and Thess-Ahall. The wording and illustrations were inspired by learning from the SISCODE and NewHoRRIzon projects, workshops with Responsible Research & Innovation practitioners, and KWMC’s practice and research as Bristol Living Lab.

About Tips & Tricks

KWMC has been co-designing Tips & Tricks  resources since 2014, when we worked with academics and community activists in Bristol, UK, to explore how they could better understand each other’s ways of working. Current KWMC ‘Tips & Tricks’ resources include:

1. Tips & Tricks from Community Activists
2. Tips & Tricks for Academics Working with Communities
3. Tips & Tricks for Artists and Communities Working Together
4. Tips & Tricks for Living Labs (a collaboration with the European Network of Living Labs)
5. Tips & Tricks for Building a Sustainable Living Lab (a collaboration with iSCAPE and the European Network of Living Labs)

You can find out more about Tips & Tricks here or purchase cards for Activists, Academics and Living Labs via our online shop.

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Image of Tips & Tricks for Responsible Research & Innovation by European Network of Living Labs

Vacancy: Head of IT

The Head of IT is a new position within KWMC, created following an in depth review of the IT requirements of the organisation. The Head of IT is responsible for delivering functional, efficient and flexible IT services and resources that meet the needs of KWMC. This role combines management with practical hands-on work.

Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £35,080 per annum

The role will:

– Work at senior manager level to create IT strategies across software, hardware services and networks which align with KWMC’s needs and budgets
– Work closely with managers and technical staff across departments to help with delivery of creative and other technology-based projects
– Lead and manage the IT team in providing reliable IT infrastructure, services and workflows, and provide support and training in these to staff and other users
– Take the lead in systems and network administration
– Line manage staff in the IT dept to ensure delivery and support of core IT services
– Maintain an environment where collaboration and communication are key to success

Further information can be found in the Head of IT Outline of Role and Head of IT Role Description

We understand that it’s hard to give you a full flavour of the job in a couple of sides of A4. If you would like to discuss the role and find out more about it, we would encourage you to email our independent consultant Oliver Humpage on oliver@entuplet.co.uk to arrange a more in-depth conversation.

To apply

Please email your Resume/CV and a covering letter by 5pm on Monday 15 March 2021.

Your cover letter needs to include two or three examples of your work that demonstrate what you could bring to the role. Please also tell us about an aspiration that drives the work you do.
Email your CV and covering letter to Gail Bevan at gail.bevan@kwmc.org.uk

We’d be grateful if you could complete our Equalities Form. This form is completely anonymous but the information you provide helps us to determined we are reaching as wide an audience as possible.

All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in. Remember, if you are interested in the job but are not sure that your background or experience ticks all the boxes, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Oliver to talk things through. So much of this role is about attitude – skills can be learnt.

Applications close: 5pm Monday 15 March 2021.

If you have any access needs that require you to submit your application in another format, please get in touch so we can help you find a suitable option. All applications will be assessed according to the same criteria and submitting in a different format will not affect your chances of being selected.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in the arts. We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment process.

No recruitment agencies.

Commissions: Creative Storytelling & Data Visualisation

We are currently seeking artists, storytellers and creative people who love to tell stories and share information in playful and powerful ways.  In Spring 2021 we are offering two paid commissions:

(1) To capture and tell the story of social change and neighbourhood transition that is happening through community-led housing initiative We Can Make.

(2) To create accessible, playable ways for people to interact with and understand the data we have gathered through a community survey about digital exclusion and access to technology in Knowle West.

(1) We Can Make Storytelling Brief

We are looking to work with an individual, or small team, with strong graphic, visualisation, and story-telling skills to:

• Develop a distinctive and powerful visual language, aesthetic and narrative for the individual projects within We Can Make, the connecting themes and overall ‘big picture’
• Deep-dive into specific projects to de-mystify particular elements or processes
• Shape the content to reach different audiences
• Create outputs and content that can be used in a range of contexts

Further details can be found in the brief: We Can Make Storytelling Brief 2021

(2) Data Visualisation Brief

During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic KWMC worked with University of Bristol researchers to create and conduct a survey exploring digital exclusion and use of digital technologies in the neighbourhood of Knowle West. 274 households responded to this survey.

We are looking for someone to create a visually engaging and accessible way of sharing the digital exclusion survey data with the wider community. This will include taking part in a workshop with people in Knowle West who are interested in digital exclusion.

Further details can be found in the brief: Data Visualisation Brief 2021

How to apply

Full details of how to apply can be found in the briefs for each commission.

Please apply by 5pm on Monday 15 March 2021.

Send applications for the We Can Make Storytelling commission to melissa.mean@kwmc.org.uk

Send applications for the Data Visualisation commission to martha.king@kwmc.org.uk

We’d also be grateful if you could complete our Equalities Form here. This form is completely anonymous but the information you provide helps us to determined we are reaching as wide an audience as possible.

If you have any access needs that require you to submit your proposal in another format, please get in touch with Melissa or Martha so we can help you find a suitable option. All applications will be assessed according to the same criteria and submitting in a different format will not affect your chances of being selected.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in the arts. We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment process.

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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