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Film training programme puts volunteers in the spotlight

In early 2019 the Our Digital City team were approached by Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Partnership (HWCP) and asked to help teach a group of local residents and community leaders how to shoot, edit and produce their own short film, showcasing the excellent volunteer work being done by local residents  and groups within their community.

Today’s consumer technology can empower almost anyone who can think creatively. You can use smartphones and tablets to write a bestselling book, record a number one song, capture a profound moment through photography, and even tell a story through film. They say that the best camera is the one you have with you…

The group decided that shooting the film with smartphones would be a great idea: as many people own smartphones, the group wouldn’t need to rely on high-end and expensive equipment, thus creating a sustainable model for future film projects. The Our Digital City team shared their skills and knowledge with the group, supporting them with the initial storyboarding, advising how to achieve their desired shots most effectively, and helping with filming techniques and editing processes.

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From there, the group went out into their community and interviewed a range of volunteers and groups: by implementing the techniques they had learned with the Our Digital City team, the group felt confident enough to organise the shoots and film everything themselves.

When all of the footage had been filmed and collected, it was time to put the final piece together, so the ODC team taught some members of the group how to use Apple’s iMovie editing software in order to produce a finished film.

In order to make a film that was truly accessible for all viewers, Sam from the HWCP group (left) added subtitles to the whole film.

The project was a great success and the group finished with a completed film that showcased the great work that is being done by individuals and groups within the communities of Hartcliffe and Withywood.

Participant Sam Parker said:

“I really enjoyed the sessions with KWMC. I really enjoyed the editing of the films –  really simple and easy to understand but now I look like I really know what I’m doing!”

This project also demonstrates that by utilising the technology we carry in our pockets in a creative way, we can be empowered as a community to shine a light on those who work hard to make a difference in their area and enable them to tell their own stories.


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.

Digital skills programme secures funding

We’re delighted to be part of a new skills programme in the West of England to support women to find jobs in the digital sector.

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has secured £238,000 funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) for the new Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) programme.  As part of WIDJET, Knowle West Media Centre will be running a range of training programmes in Spring 2019.

Web design course: From Her Digital

Our creative agency Eight will run a short course in web design and development between May and July 2019: From Her Digital will be open to women aged 18+ who are new to the digital industry.

The programme follows previous ‘From Her’ programmes at KWMC which have supported women to increase their skills and confidence in a range of digital media disciplines including music production, filmmaking and photography.

Over 10 weeks, From Her Digital will provide participants with a solid grounding in tools, techniques and software for web design, development and digital media production.

Application deadline: 9am, Monday 8 April 2019

Digital manufacturing programme: Making It

KWMC: The Factory’s Making It programme will provide an introduction to the tools, techniques and careers associated with digital manufacturing. Through practical sessions, participants will learn a range of skills including how to use digital design software and follow a design process, operate machinery including laser cutters and 3D printers, and design for materials such as wood, fabric, acrylic and card.

Making It will run from May to July 2019 and will include training sessions in 2D and 3D design, one-to-one mentoring, and supported sessions where participants can experiment, prototype and test ideas for their own project.  They will also have the chance to present what they’ve made to potential industry employers at a showcase event, and access specialist masterclasses in topics ranging from Wearable Technology to Virtual Reality.

Application deadline: 9am, Monday 15 April 2019

Making It is open to:

– Women aged 16+ from the Bristol county area

– People of any gender aged 16+ from South Bristol (Ashton, Totterdown, Bedminster, Southville, Knowle, Knowle West / Filwood, Brislington, Bishopsworth, Hartcliffe, Withywood, Stockwood, Whitchurch, Hengrove, Bedminster Down, Highridge)

About WIDJET

As well as KWMC’s training opportunities, Bath College, digital training businesses Mayden Academy and Boomsatsuma and the Dot Project will all be involved in delivering activities and training in Spring and Summer 2019.

WIDJET will work with women across the region, providing digital skills and training from entry-level taster sessions through to high-level industry specified courses. Participants can take part in a range of skills courses, training or seminars designed directly with business needs in mind, with the aim of them securing jobs in digital roles.

Minister for Digital, Margot James said: “I am thrilled to announce that the West of England Combined Authority was one of our Digital Skills Innovation Fund winners. Its fantastic work with Bath College, Mayden Academy, Boomsatsuma, Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project will change lives.

“Women are underrepresented in tech roles and this funding aims to help develop a more gender diverse workforce because it is not only the right thing to do but also makes business sense.”

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “This is fantastic news and supports one of my key ambitions of improving job opportunities across the region. I want to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or personal circumstances, can access support to develop workplace skills so that they can fulfil their potential. Digital and tech is an important part of the West of England’s economy, and businesses have a particular need for skilled employees now, and this demand is expected to grow in future.

“Women are currently under-represented in digital roles and this new project will seek to tackle this by engaging with a wide group of women in communities, with the aim of moving us towards more representative and inclusive employment in digital roles across the region. This could include roles in virtual reality, VFX design or software development.”

More details

More details about the wider WIDJET programme can be found online or by emailing widjet@westofengland-ca.gov.uk

From Her Digital and Making It are part of the Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) project. WIDJET is a West of England Combined Authority project, funded by the Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

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!

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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