Knowle West Media Centre has been named as one of ten cultural initiatives that will receive support to become more environmentally sustainable.
The Accelerator Programme, from Arts Council England and Julie’s Bicycle, will provide organisations with space, resources, time and expertise to develop new and innovative approaches to environmental practice. This includes expert mentoring and a residential training programme.
Sustainability has long been vital to KWMC’s work and ethos – from the construction of our strawbale building to our projects with communities.
As part of the Accelerator Programme, we will be exploring how we can support the community of makers and creatives at KWMC: The Factory to adopt more sustainable making practices. This could include increasing Factory members’ understanding of the lifecycles of materials and products, and helping them incorporate circular economy principles into their work, such as reuse, recycling and responsible waste management.
Factory Digital Fabrication Technician Fiona Dowling commented: “I’m really looking forward to immersing myself fully within the Accelerator Programme and identifying ways for us to improve sustainability practices across the training courses, memberships and services we offer at KWMC: The Factory.”
This is the second Accelerator cohort to receive support from Arts Council England and Julie’s Bicycle. As well as KWMC, the second cohort includes our fellow Bristol organisation Brunel’s SS Great Britain, and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Andrew Ellerby, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability & Combined Arts, Arts Council England, said of the programme: “The Arts Council is committed to supporting the cultural sector’s increasing ambition when it comes to addressing climate change, and through our work with Julie’s Bicycle we want to nurture their creative and innovative approaches to sustainability practice. It’s been fantastic to see the first Accelerator cohort’s projects grow and develop over the past 18 months; the proposals set out by the second cohort are equally exciting and I look forward to seeing what they can achieve.”
Julie’s Bicycle and Arts Council England have worked together for over a decade to support cultural organisations in becoming more environmentally sustainable. This collaboration led to policy intervention in 2012 when the Arts Council became the first cultural body in the world to make environmental action part of its funding agreement with National Portfolio Organisations (NPOS).
Keep an eye on @kwmcthefactory on social media to find out more about how we’re putting learning from the Accelerator programme into practice.
Image by Holly Webb.