This week Arts Council England (ACE) announced it will be supporting Knowle West Media Centre through its Emergency Response Funds – funding for organisations and individuals in need of immediate support due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The last few months have been hugely challenging for the arts and cultural sector – artists, freelancers, and organisations and venues of all sizes. We’re very grateful to ACE for their support of KWMC at this critical time.
We closed our buildings KWMC (Leinster Avenue) and KWMC: The Factory (Filwood Green Business Park) in March 2020, at the beginning of the nation-wide lockdown. Since then, we have had to delay activities and we’ve been unable to generate income through rental of our spaces, digital manufacturing kit and creative facilities – placing the future of the organisation under threat. The Emergency Response Funds support from ACE will cover the income lost during the Spring and Summer months (March to September 2020).
No longer threatened with closure, we look forward to working with ACE, our partners and communities in Knowle West and beyond as we move into a recovery phase – planning and delivering inclusive creative programmes that complement ACE’s Let’s Create vision and support communities, artists and people of all ages to create positive change, particularly those in precarious circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
We’d like to thank our fantastic team for the sacrifices they’ve made during this difficult period and for their dedication to KWMC and the artists, communities, makers and young people we work with. During this period we have had to furlough some of our staff, and others have taken pay cuts. Since March 2020, our team have been working hard to reimagine activities that were planned to take place in-person. This includes digital design workshops, artist meet-ups, creative sessions for young people, talks, and a virtual Work Experience programme for Year 10 students – all of which have happened online.