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Vacancy: Head of IT

The Head of IT is a new position within KWMC, created following an in depth review of the IT requirements of the organisation. The Head of IT is responsible for delivering functional, efficient and flexible IT services and resources that meet the needs of KWMC. This role combines management with practical hands-on work.

Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £35,080 per annum

The role will:

– Work at senior manager level to create IT strategies across software, hardware services and networks which align with KWMC’s needs and budgets
– Work closely with managers and technical staff across departments to help with delivery of creative and other technology-based projects
– Lead and manage the IT team in providing reliable IT infrastructure, services and workflows, and provide support and training in these to staff and other users
– Take the lead in systems and network administration
– Line manage staff in the IT dept to ensure delivery and support of core IT services
– Maintain an environment where collaboration and communication are key to success

Further information can be found in the Head of IT Outline of Role and Head of IT Role Description

We understand that it’s hard to give you a full flavour of the job in a couple of sides of A4. If you would like to discuss the role and find out more about it, we would encourage you to email our independent consultant Oliver Humpage on to arrange a more in-depth conversation.

To apply

Please email your Resume/CV and a covering letter by 5pm on Monday 15 March 2021.

Your cover letter needs to include two or three examples of your work that demonstrate what you could bring to the role. Please also tell us about an aspiration that drives the work you do.
Email your CV and covering letter to Gail Bevan at

We’d be grateful if you could complete our Equalities Form. This form is completely anonymous but the information you provide helps us to determined we are reaching as wide an audience as possible.

All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in. Remember, if you are interested in the job but are not sure that your background or experience ticks all the boxes, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Oliver to talk things through. So much of this role is about attitude – skills can be learnt.

Applications close: 5pm Monday 15 March 2021.

If you have any access needs that require you to submit your application 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.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in the arts. We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment process.

No recruitment agencies.

Commissions: Creative Storytelling & Data Visualisation

We are currently seeking artists, storytellers and creative people who love to tell stories and share information in playful and powerful ways.  In Spring 2021 we are offering two paid commissions:

(1) To capture and tell the story of social change and neighbourhood transition that is happening through community-led housing initiative We Can Make.

(2) To create accessible, playable ways for people to interact with and understand the data we have gathered through a community survey about digital exclusion and access to technology in Knowle West.

(1) We Can Make Storytelling Brief

We are looking to work with an individual, or small team, with strong graphic, visualisation, and story-telling skills to:

• Develop a distinctive and powerful visual language, aesthetic and narrative for the individual projects within We Can Make, the connecting themes and overall ‘big picture’
• Deep-dive into specific projects to de-mystify particular elements or processes
• Shape the content to reach different audiences
• Create outputs and content that can be used in a range of contexts

Further details can be found in the brief: We Can Make Storytelling Brief 2021

(2) Data Visualisation Brief

During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic KWMC worked with University of Bristol researchers to create and conduct a survey exploring digital exclusion and use of digital technologies in the neighbourhood of Knowle West. 274 households responded to this survey.

We are looking for someone to create a visually engaging and accessible way of sharing the digital exclusion survey data with the wider community. This will include taking part in a workshop with people in Knowle West who are interested in digital exclusion.

Further details can be found in the brief: Data Visualisation Brief 2021

How to apply

Full details of how to apply can be found in the briefs for each commission.

Please apply by 5pm on Monday 15 March 2021.

Send applications for the We Can Make Storytelling commission to

Send applications for the Data Visualisation commission to

We’d also be grateful if you could complete our Equalities Form here. This form is completely anonymous but the information you provide helps us to determined we are reaching as wide an audience as possible.

If you have any access needs that require you to submit your proposal in another format, please get in touch with Melissa or Martha 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.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in the arts. We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment process.

Things to do in Bristol this summer

Looking for things to do in Bristol this Summer? Download or pick up your copy of the Knowle West Media Centre What’s On Guide and find out what’s happening between June and September 2019.

We hope there’s something for everyone: whether you’re looking for free holiday activities for young people to things to see in South Bristol on Bristol Open Doors weekend.

The programme also includes details of our regular events, including monthly sewing sessions at KWMC: The Factory, a new Project Night for artists and creatives to bring their work in progress and get feedback in a supportive environment, and the next live recordings of the We Can Make Chat Show.

Download a copy of our What’s On Guide – Summer 2019.

We hope to welcome you to Knowle West soon!



Inspirational visit from Open Bionics founder

In April 2019 we were delighted to welcome an old friend back to KWMC for an inspiring morning of robotics, technology – and make-up!

Samantha Payne, co-founder of award-winning innovation company Open Bionics, met with students and teachers from Barton Hill Academy and explained how Open Bionics produces cutting-edge 3D-printed bionic arms for people across the UK.

Samantha grew up in Knowle West and was involved with KWMC for several years, as a volunteer and then as a staff member. In 2014 she co-founded Open Bionics, which is based in Bristol.  She has since been named one of Forbes ’30 under 30′, a Bloomberg Business Innovator, and Wired Innovation Fellow, as well as receiving many other awards.

During her return visit to KWMC, Samantha was joined by 13 year old Tilly Lockey, an Open Bionics ambassador and inspirational speaker.  As a baby, Tilly contracted meningococcal septicaemia and underwent an operation to have both of her hands amputated. Tilly shared her story with the students and gave a make-up demonstration to show the dexterity and flexibility of the Hero Arms that Open Bionics designed for her.

Samantha and Tilly’s talk was filmed by production company Hotel Hungaria for Toyota’s ‘Driven’ series, which explores the drive and ambition of innovators. Watch this space for the final film…


Co-Creation with WECIL

Here at KWMC we pride ourselves on the co-creation of work with others. Whether it’s organisations, community activists or the individual, we use digital media and technology to empower people to make positive change.

Over the last year, the Our Digital City team have been working across the city to build new partnerships with various organisations. One of these organisations is WECIL (West of England Centre for Inclusive Living), a local disability advice and information service run by and for people with disabilities. After a visit to Knowle West Media Centre, WECIL contacted us to discuss an idea formed by one of their peer support members, Nathan.

One of Nathan’s designs.

As a former designer, Nathan is highly skilled in digital 3D art and design. His vision was to create an informal and creative workshop for people with disabilities to come and use laptops, digital drawing pads and easy to use, open source software to create 3D and digital art. People would be given the freedom to experiment and create with the kind of software traditionally only afforded to industry level game designers, artists and graphic designers.

After some productive meetings and with Nathan’s advice on software and hardware, the Our Digital City team took several laptops and digital drawing kits to the Creative Challenge sessions run by WECIL.

Every participant got the chance to try out the kit and the software and enjoyed the new and interactive way of creating art.

Below are some examples of the creative work by some the WECIL participants.


This is another one of our ongoing workshops that, we hope, will build confidence in using technology and inspire a new and creative approach for people who might not otherwise have access to digital creative processes. But at the heart of this project is co-creation. Nathan had a great idea and we were keen to help make it happen.

Virtual Reality with Bristol Community Links South (Knowle West)

Building new and strengthening existing relationships within communities is one of the key aspects of what we do under the Our Digital City banner.

Bristol Community Links South (located here in Knowle West) is one of the local services with whom we have spent time getting to know better over recent months. Many of their service users are elderly, living with dementia, learning difficulties or visual and physical impairments.

Working alongside the management staff at Bristol Community Links the team came up with the idea to try and offer the service users something that would introduce them to new technologies and experiences for which disabilities hold no barriers… Virtual Reality.

Using the HTC Vive VR Headset, we took several VR experiences down to the centre and ran a taster session. The service users had never tried VR before, so this was completely new to them all.

Doreen visits Indonesia thanks to Virtual Reality

This is Doreen (left). She is a wheelchair user whose condition prevents her from air travel. We loaded up a travel experience that took Doreen all the way to Indonesia. There, she experienced running across white sands, heading out on a speed boat and diving into the clear blue sea and swimming in the reef with exotic sea life.

“I’ve never been on an aeroplane in my life and I’ve always wanted to fly, to see places around the world. This experience was unbelievable. I felt like I was actually there, swimming in the sea with those beautiful fish… Thank you for giving me this experience. It was wonderful...
Keep up the good work you are all doing.”

The VR technology showcases how technology can be used to tackle the potential mental health issues that can be caused by long term limited mobility. At a time when the pace of technology is ever changing, it also serves well to break down the barriers of digital isolation that many elderly people face today.


With Virtual Reality, we can give the service users of Bristol Community Links South an opportunity to try something new and experience an adventure they might not otherwise get to live.

Things to do in Bristol this Autumn…

Looking for things to do in Bristol this Autumn? Download or pick up your copy of the Knowle West Media Centre What’s On Guide and find out what’s happening between September and December 2018.

We hope there’s something for everyone: from the free Half Term activities for young people and the making courses at KWMC: The Factory to our programme of regular talks and events.

This Autumn the events programme will be exploring topics including bias and ethics in the world of Artificial Intelligence, the future of housing in Knowle West, and what artists and communities can achieve when they work together.

It also features our annual showcase event and Annual General Meeting, which will take place on 20 November and will celebrate the opening of the Living, Working, Making Together exhibition. Reserve your free ticket now!

Download a copy of our What’s On Guide Autumn 2018.

We hope to welcome you to Knowle West soon!


Star in a film celebrating the people of Bristol!

What would you do if you had just 15 seconds to create a performance?  This July Knowle West will be hosting a performance space where the people of Bristol can explore their creativity and celebrate their city!

THE DEMOCRATIC SET is the first arts project of We Are Bristol, a three year programme produced by In Between Time and developed in partnership with Knowle West Media Centre, Up Our Street and Ambition Lawrence Weston.

Created with renowned Australian theatre company Back to Back Theatre, THE DEMOCRATIC SET will be in Netham Park, Barton Hill, on 17 – 18 July and Filwood Community Centre, Knowle West, on 19 – 20 July.

Bristol residents can apply to perform in the space, where they will work with a director and filmmaker from Back to Back Theatre over the course of an hour to create a filmed performance.

  • No performance experience needed
  • Anyone living in Bristol of any age can take part
  • Individuals and groups (2-15 people) are welcome

Click here to apply. Applications close on Sunday 1st July 2018.

Film location 1: 17 – 18 July, Netham Park, Barton Hill
Film location 2: 19 – 20 July, Filwood Community Centre, Knowle West

A premiere of THE DEMOCRATIC SET film involving everyone that has taken part will take place in Bristol in 2019.


A rapid series of short live performances and screen-based video portraits created in collaboration with communities, THE DEMOCRATIC SET came to the UK for the first time for In Between Time’s IBT10 Festival.  Watch the short film created at IBT10 here.

It is part of the We Are Bristol programme, which builds on an existing partnership between the Bristol organisations.  For us, it began with 2015’s Night Walks with Teenagers, where young people from Knowle West collaborated with artists Mammalian Diving Reflex to create an interactive tour of their community, including song, performance and some unexpected surprises!  We’re delighted to be continuing our collaboration with In Between Time to support people from across Bristol to explore new opportunities and create exciting artistic work.

For more details visit the In Between Time website.

Image: Carl Newland


February Half Term: girls in tech and Wonder Women!

On 13th February 2018 we kicked off our February half term programme, which saw young people from South Bristol and beyond learning, making new friends and having a great time while doing it!

The week began with our sold-out puppet making course led by avid puppeteer Sarah Green. Young people had the opportunity to conceptualise a story and bring it to life using cut-outs and other crafts. After putting together their sets, characters and scripts, the young people filmed their shows using iPads. The finished films were screened for parents and family members at the end of the day.


On the second day of half term we held a special screening of Wonder Woman; main studio was dotted with beanbags and sofas to create an extra comfy environment!

We closed the week with an all-girls day which included creating animations and music and coding personalised messages using a light display. The day gave girls the space to make new friends and build confidence in tech: one parent wrote to us saying, “my daughter had a great time, she enjoyed all the elements, the music was her favourite.”

KWMC’s young people’s programme, Jump Studios, runs a range of groups and courses during term time. To find out more visit the Jump page or contact Dot Baker at or 0117 903 0444.

Looking Back on Half Term

As we approach the end of the year, the Jump Studios team have been reflecting on October Half Term. We had an exciting few days, as our creative courses welcomed new young people for the first time and saw young people already connected to KWMC come back for more.

Aquarium Photography Course (23/10/17 & 24/10/17)

Following on from our sold-out summer Animal Photography Course we took a trip to Bristol Aquarium to support young people to further develop their photography skills by capturing the beauty of ocean life. Learning to shoot photos in low light, the group had the opportunity to practice their techniques while learning about a variety of different sea creatures. From the well-known blowfish to the more obscure unicorn fish, the day broadened everyone’s knowledge of both photography and marine life – the staff as well as the young people!

The following day, young people met at KWMC to create stop motion animations inspired by the fish and marine life they saw at the Aquarium.


Skateboard Design Course (25/10/17 – 26/10/17)

Our second Half Term course offered 16-25 year olds the chance to create designs for their own skate decks and learn how to laser cut the designs into the wood. The course used the facilities at our digital manufacturing space KWMC: The Factory and we were pleased to see a host of new faces. At the end of the course the young people could not only take away their newly-etched skateboards, but new contacts with other young people who share their interests.


Our Half Term courses are designed to provide fun opportunities for young people to be creative and develop new skills – and we’re looking forward to our next holiday programme, taking place during the school break in February 2018 school break. Keep an eye out for more details and get in touch with the Jump Studios team if you’re interested in our term time activities.

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

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