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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!

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

More about THE DEMOCRATIC SET

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.

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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.

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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 dorothy.baker@kwmc.org.uk 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.

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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.

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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.

Fun and Games at the Gaming & Anime Expo

On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November Knowle West Media Centre opened its doors once again for the annual South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo. Attracting people from all over the city and beyond, the event pulled out all the stops, satisfying every gaming enthusiast’s taste for retro and modern gaming!

The two day Expo included a breadth of games that ranged from classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot to current favourites like the new Star Wars, which was played on a big screen in our main studio space. From the time the doors opened to the time they closed, there we people of all ages expressing themselves through play.

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One of the best reflections of our aim for the event was seen in the multi-player games that allowed families, friends and strangers alike to game together, bringing people closer and introducing others for the first time. To look out into the sea of people and see parents with their children and children with KWMC staff members was a heartwarming moment.

The Expo also hosted a series of workshops for illustrators and aspiring illustrators where anyone who took part could create their own manga drawings. Our Truth Room was taken over by the Space Data role-play game created by Eight: the game took teams of people onboard a crashing spaceship and challenged them to decipher data in a series of tasks in order to find a new planet to live on.

With one of the young people saying “this is awesome, it’s even better than I expected”, we’re excited to say that the 2017 Expo was a massive success. Here’s to next year!

Don’t worry if you missed this event: JUMP Studios runs a range of activities during term time. Click here for more details.

Change Creators: XLR Collective Course Reflection

After an amazing performance at their Campaign Celebration, the XLR Collective came back together last night to reflect on their closing event and on the course as a whole. It’s been an exciting seven month journey with this team and now that we have reached the end its been great to see the progress all of them have made.

We started off the night by having a round table discussion about the Campaign Celebration, we discussed what went well and what things they would have changed. Everyone was in agreement that musically the night went well, it was their best performance to date. The presentation went well also, some of the team members thought they could have been more prepared but felt the night went to plan regardless.

Following the round table discussion, I took the collective one-by-one into the music studio and interviewed them about their experience at the Campaign Celebration and the operations and logistics leading up to it. They all gave clear and concise answers about their contribution, who they worked with and their thoughts on its success.

We couldn’t be anymore proud of this cohort of the XLR Collective, we’re so excited to see how they continue to grow and develop into the fullness of their skills and talents.

Follow the XLR Collective at:

www.hackaheckle.org.uk
www.facebook.com/xlrmusicuk/
@xlrmusicuk @change_creators
#xlrcollective
Insta: @xlrmusicuk

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Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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