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Seeing Barton Hill through a new lens

In 2018 the team at Knowle West Media Centre worked with a long-established volunteer-led walking group at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in Barton Hill to co-design a photography project, inspired by one of our previous projects in Knowle West.

The course was designed to not only increase people’s digital skills and confidence using technology, but to value their local knowledge and provide space for peer learning.

Photos taken by Wellspring walking group

The project team ran five sessions; each week had a different theme, decided by the group, and a walk route across the area that was tailored to fit the theme. KWMC provided DLSR digital cameras to use during the sessions and gave one-to-one support to help the group use them. We also encouraged people to bring cameras if they had them to improve their confidence using them.

The most popular theme was ‘Local History’, which we ran over two sessions because we couldn’t fit everything into one! A local history group provided a number of archive images and we also used the online tool Know Your Place to compare older maps and other resources with what we can see today.

Photos taken by Wellspring walking group

Whilst on the walks, we used the archived images to directly compare how different places looked then and now. This encouraged the group to share their memories of Barton Hill and local historical knowledge about the area.

The project allowed us to cover so much more than photography: it connected new people to both KWMC and Wellspring, created a space for people to share knowledge about their community and other activities that are on offer there, and provided a supportive space for people to learn more about technology and address other personal challenges.


The sessions were delivered as part of the Our Digital City project – please get in touch with Jess or call 0117 903 0444 if you would like to run something similar in your area.

 

Discounts on courses in 24 hour Flash Sale

The 24-hour Culture Flash Sale is back for 2019: for one day only, discounted tickets and offers are available at a host of venues across Bristol and Bath!

From music, theatre, art and museum exhibitions to talks and theatre and dance classes, there’s plenty to see and do.

The sale begins at 10am on Thursday 17 January 2019 and runs until 10am on Friday 18 January 2019. Offers are limited – when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Read on for details of discounts on our Spring laser-cutting and photography courses, and offers from other organisations involved in the Flash Sale.

10% off: Make your own…Laser-cut Valentine’s Day Gifts

Treat your loved one to a personalised card and gift this year: learn how to design and make laser-cut Valentine’s Day items at KWMC: The Factory. Beginners welcome! Ages 16+

Deal: 10% off the usual price of £38. Visit our online shop during the Flash Sale and use the code valentineflash19
Date: Thursday 7 February, 6 – 8.30pm
Venue: KWMC: The Factory, Filwood Green Business Park

10% off: Make your own…Laser-cut Jewellery

Design your own jewellery and stand out from the crowd! Learn how to design and make laser-cut pieces in wood and acrylic at this weekend workshop at KWMC: The Factory. Beginners welcome! Ages 16+

Deal: 10% off the usual price of £55. Visit our online shop during the Flash Sale and use the code jewelleryflash19
Date: Saturday 16 March, 10am – 2pm
Venue: KWMC: The Factory, Filwood Green Business Park

10% off: Make your own…Laser-cut Easter Decorations

Create colourful Easter-themed delights to decorate your home: learn how to design and make a laser-cut Easter card and decoration. Beginners welcome! Ages 16+

Deal: 10% off the usual price of £38. Visit our online shop during the Flash Sale and use the code easterflash19
Date: Thursday 11 April, 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: KWMC: The Factory, Filwood Green Business Park

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10% off: Introduction to Digital Photography

Leave the ‘auto’ setting behind with our one-day beginners’ course. Topics covered include understanding aperture, shutter speed, white balance, focusing, capturing fast moving objects and depth of field. Ages 16+

Deal: 10% off the usual price of £65. Visit our online shop during the Flash Sale and use the code photoflash19
Date: Saturday 9 March, 10am – 4pm
Venue: KWMC, Leinster Avenue 

10% off: Advanced Photography Skills

Step up your skills or refresh your current knowledge with this practical course. Learn how to photograph a model, use off-camera flash, make the most of light, and re-touch your images. Ages 16+

Deal: 10% off the usual price of £65. Visit our online shop during the Flash Sale and use the code photoflash19
Date: Saturday 23 March, 10am – 4pm
Venue: KWMC, Leinster Avenue 

10% off: Introduction to Studio Photography

Learn more about working in a studio environment in this practical one-day course. Practice setting up a studio and working with a model, and learn more about editing and lighting. Ages 16+

Deal: 10% off the usual price of £65. Visit our online shop during the Flash Sale and use the code photoflash19
Date: Saturday 6 April, 10am – 4pm
Venue: KWMC, Leinster Avenue 

Other Bristol deals
After Hours: LOVE at We The Curious

An evening celebrating that curious thing called love for friends and lovers alike. Be part of a guided exploration of a heart and be challenged, engaged and entertained with some intriguing activities around this most human of emotions. Age 18+.

Deal: tickets just £5 each during the Flash Sale (full price £8.95)
Date: Thursday 14 February, 6.30pm

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be displaying 12 of his finest drawings from the Royal Collection as part of the national celebration #Leonardo500. 

Deal: 50% off advance adult tickets during the Flash Sale
Dates: 1 February to 6 May 2019

Keen to know more? Search #CultureFlashSale on social media and read the full list of Flash Sale offers on the Visit Bristol blog.

 About the Flash Sale

The Culture Flash Sale is co-ordinated by the Bristol Arts Marketing Network in co-operation with Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations Project and Visit Bristol. This is the 10th edition of the sale.

Photography Course images by Alistair Campbell

Discounted courses in 24-hour Culture Flash Sale

The 24-hour Culture Flash Sale is back for 2018: for one day only, discounted tickets and offers are available at a host of venues across Bristol and Bath!

From music, theatre, art and museum exhibitions to Planetarium shows and children’s events, there’s plenty to see.

The sale begins at 10am on Thursday 6 September 2018 and runs until 10am on Friday 7 September 2018.

Offers are limited – when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Read on for details of discounts on our making and music courses, as well as offers from other organisations involved in the Flash Sale.

Discounts from KWMC and KWMC: The Factory
10% off: Make your own laser-cut jewellery

Learn how to design and make a piece of laser-cut jewellery in this four-hour workshop at our making space KWMC: The Factory. Beginners welcome! Ages 16+

During the Culture Flash Sale we’re offering 10% off the usual price of £55. Visit our online shop and use the code jewelleryflash18

Date: Friday 16 November 2018, 10am-2pm
Cost: £55 (10% off during Flash Sale)
Venue: KWMC: The Factory, Filwood Green Business Park

£30 off: Audio Lates 10-week music production course

This 10-week beginner course will give you the skills to start writing and recording your own music.  Learn the basics of digital software including Logic Pro X, MIDI, sampling and synthesisers, with handy hints and tips on mixing and arrangement to help you create the sounds you want to hear.

During the Culture Flash Sale we’re offering £30 off the usual price of £180. 10 sessions will cost you just £150: £15 for each three-hour session! Visit our online shop and use the code musicflash18

Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6.30-9.30pm, from 4 October to 2 December 2018
Cost: £180 (£150 during Flash Sale)
Venue: Knowle West Media Centre

Are you nearer to Bath than Bristol?

Edge Arts are offering £6 tickets to USER NOT FOUND, a play about what happens to our digital identities after we die.

The Bath Box Office has a comprehensive list of offers across music, literature, theatre, dance and more. 

Keen to know more? Search #CultureFlashSale on social media and read the full list of Flash Sale offers on the Visit Bristol blog.

 About the Flash Sale

The Culture Flash Sale is coordinated by the Bristol Arts Marketing Network in co-operation with Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations Project and Destination Bristol. This is the 9th edition of the sale.

Product Design course for young people

Last week we ran another Product Design Course at our digital manufacturing space KWMC: The Factory, this time for young people aged 16+ who were interested in creating original products. The two-day course provided a fun and educational introduction to design and production.

The first day gave the group a comprehensive introduction to Inkskape – design software that allows the user to create and edit graphics – and the course participants came up with a variety of concepts to test out. Later in the day the group visited  Think Image, a company also based at Filwood Green Business Park that offers bespoke branding, graphics and installations. The team at Think Image explained how their organisation started and afterwards the group met up with local graffiti artist Jody who talked about his creative process.

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On day two the group put the skills they’d learned into action, each creating a picture frame and a clock. Using their new knowledge of the design process and The Factory’s laser-cutter they each mae a practical and artistic piece of work.

Contact Dot or Fiona for more information about our Product Design courses.

 

Cast your vote for The Factory and help people #makeit in Bristol

We’re delighted that we’ve been shortlisted for the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund for the second year running!

Cast your vote for KWMC in the public vote and help more people #MakeItInBristol!

Since receiving funding from the Skills & Opportunities fund last year, we’ve supported over 70 people from South Bristol to develop skills in design and digital manufacturing and we’ve seen two new businesses created. Some of last year’s course participants summarised their experiences:

“We didn’t think we could do this before we started the course.”

“The workshops have given me new skills to put on my CV so in the long run I can get a better job […] As soon as you know how to use that laser cutter there ain’t nothing you can’t make.”

“Really informative and providing me with useful training to apply to my practice.”

This year’s Make It workshops will use a different format to enable us to support more people, in more areas of Bristol. We hope to support 102 people across beginner and intermediate courses: the Beginner courses will cover an introduction to digital manufacturing, practical making skills and using design software, while the Intermediate courses will work with those who are ready to explore enterprise in more detail, including budgeting, costing and creating products, and marketing.

The Make It courses will be delivered both at our digital manufacturing space KWMC: The Factory and in community settings, with a specific focus on neighbourhoods where people need more opportunities to develop skills and explore enterprise. The latest Deprivation in Bristol Report (2015) identifies areas of Bristol where the number of residents affected by employment deprivation is as high as 1 in 4. It also states that ‘South Bristol is particularly affected with extremes of Education, Skills and Training Deprivation’, with some areas having a high proportion of working age adults with no or low qualifications.

You could help us change this and help people #MakeItInBristol by casting your vote for The Factory: find out more about our proposal and vote online here.

A vote for KWMC and KWMC: The Factory is a vote for developing skills, making products and realising dreams!

The Factory is KWMC’s making and training space: as well as providing commissions for clients The Factory provides opportunities for everyone to “make it” by opening up access to new tools, technologies and training.

Image: Stride Treglown

Opportunity for gamers, gaming artists and game designers

Take over our Gaming Test Space: 13th November – 15th December

This winter Knowle West Media Centre will be showcasing exciting new talent in the gaming industry – and we want to hear from you!

For two months, the Gaming ‘Test Space’ will offer a place for individuals and groups working and playing in the gaming world to come together, particularly those who are currently under-represented in the field.

Issues around representation are widely recognised: earlier this year, the Guardian reported that “the latest figures from games industry trade body, TIGA, show that just 14% of people working in the UK games industry are women.” A 2015 Creative Skillset Media Survey found that the industry has a lower proportion of female employees than any other part of the Creative Media Sector and in 2015 just 4% of employees in the games industry were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (BAME).

On 4th and 5th November we’re hosting the third annual South Bristol Gaming and Anime Expo, which will be followed by a week-long take-over of the space by Grrrl Games – a Bristol-based group for women making games.

After this opening fortnight, what happens in the Test Space from 13th November until 15th December is up to you…

Get involved!

We’re looking for groups to take over the Gaming Test Space for up to a fortnight each between 13th November and 15th December.

You can use the space however you like: as a studio to develop a new game, as an exhibition space, for an event…whatever you fancy!

During your take-over you must work with the young people involved in our Wednesday Creative Hub session in some way and/or deliver one event, activity or workshop for people over 18.

Your group must also create something to be left in the Test Space – this could be an object, an image or some game instructions. In this way we will be collectively creating a growing exhibition and showcase for your groups work.

We will provide:

A materials budget of up to £500 depending on scale of proposal

Access to the KWMC exhibition studio (Test Space)

Promotion of your activities

Support from our young people’s team to create and deliver Creative Hub sessions

Access to a range of technical equipment. Groups will be provided with a menu of tech to play with – please contact us in advance if you need to see a list of technical kit available before sending your proposal.

If you’d like to pitch for a Test Space take-over slot please send:

Your name and short description of your group
A one-page outline proposing including:

How you would use the space
Your ideas for working with young people and/or for an adult event
How this opportunity would be useful for your group
How your take-over will contribute to championing or increasing diversity within the gaming industry.

Please also include your preferred dates / times, a copy of your CV or links to past group work and projects, a completed Equalities Monitoring Form and an e-mail address.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 10th October, 5pm
Interviews: Tuesday 17th October

For more details contact Jess Linington: jess.linington@kwmc.org.uk or 0117 903 0444.

Freelance and intern roles available for young creatives

Do you want to work in an exciting fast-paced environment? Do you love the creative industries and have a desire to work with filmmakers, animators, photographers and web designers? Eight could have the role for you!

Eight is our supported employment platform for emerging creatives and the Eight team are looking for web developers to join them on a project-by-project freelance basis, and an Admin & Marketing Intern to support the delivery of commissions.

Eight champions diversity in the creative sectors and aims to break the cycle of creatives needing work experience to get a job – and not being able to get a job because they can’t get any experience! Clients commission Eight to undertake a range of projects, including shooting videos, building websites, designing flyers and taking photographs. Recently Eight began delivering immersive workshops and providing Virtual Reality/360 video too.

As part of any commission Eight provides paid ‘on-the-job’ training for emerging creatives by partnering them with experienced professionals. Clients receive high quality work at competitive rates, while emerging creatives learn, earn and develop their portfolios.

No previous job experience is necessary to work with Eight, just a portfolio of work demonstrating your ability.

Find out more about both roles on our Jobs page and contact Jen or Noomi if you have any questions.

Please note:  the Admin and Marketing Intern role is offered through the UWE / Santander Graduate Internship Scheme and is only available to graduates of the University of the West of England.

Hiring: Manga / comic book artists for a 10 week young people’s project

Knowle West Media Centre is running a 10 week manga / comic creation course for young people this Autumn (from 13th September) and we’re looking for a dynamic and talented artist/facilitator to lead the course.

The course will cover storytelling, design, digital and traditional comic styles, and creating a one-sheet comic ready for launch at South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo in November. 

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Ideally you’ll have experience of youth work and designing creative courses for young people, alongside having passion and experience for comic book creation. Sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 4.30 – 7.30pm, working with young creatives aged 10-19.

We will be contacting and arranging interviews with applicants via phone/skype on a rolling basis, so if this is something you’re interested in doing please get in touch with enquiries@kwmc.org.uk by midday on 4th September and include up to 150 words explaining your experience, why you want to be involved in the project and provide links to your work.

The fee for the course facilitator is £600. An enhanced DBS check will also be required.

Good luck!

Success for The Factory in Skills & Opportunities fund

We are delighted to announce that Knowle West Media Centre has been awarded a share of NatWest’s £2.5 million Skills and Opportunities Fund.

We have been awarded £23,965 to provide workshops at our training and making space KWMC The Factory. These workshops will support 120 people, particularly those currently under-represented in enterprise, to develop the skills and knowledge to thrive in the manufacturing and making industries.

KWMC is one of three organisations selected in the South West, alongside I Can Do That CIC in Torquay and West Devon Business Information Point in Okehampton. The Skills & Opportunities Fund ‘supports organisations in disadvantaged communities that help people develop, create, or access the skills and opportunities they need to get into work or start a business.’ Charities, not-for-profit organisations and state-funded schools and colleges can apply for up to £35,000 each for a specific project from the fund.

Oliver Watts, Chairman of NatWest’s South West and Wales Regional Board, said: “It was a challenging decision because of the standard of entries we received. But the panel felt that all of the organisations would make a massive impact in their local communities.”

We know that satisfaction with local jobs is very low in our area – around 12% in the latest neighbourhood statistical report – and this funding will enable us to support more people to explore the possibilities of self-employment. Over the next few months we’ll be delivering a range of skills development workshops in digital fabrication, prototyping and product design, and we’re looking forward to supporting more local people, from all backgrounds, to make it in business.

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for KWMC in the public vote and helped to spread the word about our programme.  Watch this space for more information…

If you’d like to register your interest in the ‘Making it in Business’ workshops please contact Justin Ricks on 0117 903 0444 or justin.ricks@kwmc.org.uk

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Cast your vote and help South Bristol ‘make it in business’

Our digital manufacturing space, KWMC The Factory, has been shortlisted for the RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund, for a new programme that will support people to explore entrepreneurship and make their business dreams a reality.

You could help us make it happen by casting your vote: find out more about our proposal here and vote online here.

The Factory is KWMC’s making and training space: we create digitally manufactured products and provide opportunities for everyone to “make it” by opening up access to tools and technologies including a CNC router and laser cutter.

Our ‘Making it in business’ workshops will support people to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to thrive in the manufacturing and making industries and consider setting up their own businesses. We aim to work with 120 participants from South Bristol, especially those currently under-represented in enterprise including young people, women and Knowle West residents.

We’re planning to deliver a range of skills development workshops in digital fabrication, prototyping, product design, market research and costing. Those who want to develop their idea into a business will be supported to understand the next steps and participants can continue using The Factory’s facilities after the programme.

We know that satisfaction with local jobs is very low in our area at just 12% (Filwood ward, Quality of Life survey by Bristol City Council 2013) – and with just three clicks you can help us support more people to make it in business!

Voting closes at midday on Friday 22nd April. Cast your vote at: http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.rbs.co.uk/vote/vote-in-south-west-and-wales.html

Photo: Photography © Max McClure

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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