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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.


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

Opportunity: Artist Commission

Knowle West Media Centre is looking to commission a visual artist to collaborate with KWMC producers to bring to life a newly developed ‘A-Z of Care Languages’. You could be an illustrator, graphic designer or other visual artist. We are looking for artists who have a strong portfolio, clear visual style and are comfortable creating work for digital and print formats. This commission is part of the ongoing research and work around Creativity and Care which you can read more about here

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce and in the arts community; including working class people, people of colour, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender and disabled people (as defined by the Equality Act 2010). 


What is an ‘A-Z of Care Languages’? 

A 26-piece guide from A-Z exploring ‘care languages’, developed as part of the Creativity + Care project at KWMC. It offers an alternative version of ‘love languages’ and asks: what ways do we want to give and receive care and how can we learn to speak each other’s care languages?

This A-Z of Care Languages aims to be a tool and/or guide – a starting point for those who work with artists/people/community members and anyone within the community/creative sector who may be running a project / workshop, have an idea, or simply want to reflect on their practice. The tool could be a way for people to come together and define an individual or collaborative language of care, to test and learn, put practices into action, plan, facilitate, reflect and think. 

The 26-piece A-Z letter guide, has been formed by Josephine Gyasi and Roseanna Dias, through a deep dive into insights collated from a year’s work of research, as part of the Creativity + Care project. The project included collaborations with artists and workshops with community members. The project is exploring what practices make you feel cared for and nourished, themes of radical self/collective care, and the links between creativity and care. 


The A-Z of Care Languages will consist of the following, with the ultimate aim to lead people into activities, with prompts for reflection, thinking or imagining:

  • Tasks
  • Questions
  • Quotes
  • Inspiration
  • Insights
  • Principles

It should be in a clear visual format that encourages play and has lots of gaps for people to fill in the blanks. Full artist brief can be read here.


Deadline for submission: 15th March 09.00am

Commission starts: end of March/beginning of April

First draft completed: to be discussed – estimated by early/mid May 

Deadline for work to be completed: to be discussed – estimated end of May

Fee and support

Artist Fee: £2,000 inclusive of VAT ssuming 8 days in total work at £250 per day rate. 

Materials budget: in addition, to be agreed with KWMC producers

Travel and subsistence are not included. There is an access budget if needed – to cover any travel or other costs needed for this commission.

KWMC are able to offer desk space, laptop, printing and IT support as part of the commission. You can work remotely or in person at KWMC. We support flexible working practices and KWMC producers will support you to work in a way that works best for you.

How to apply:

Follow this link to send us your written, audio or video application.

You can read and download a PDF version of the artist brief here.

If you have any access needs that require you to submit your proposal 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. If you would like any further information or have any questions, please contact Josie on 0117 903 0444 or

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

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