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Vacancy: IT Technician

We are currently looking to recruit a confident IT Technician to join our charity’s dynamic staff team. The role is fast paced and diverse, with many opportunities for growth and training. The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for all staff tech queries, helping to maintain equipment, software and systems, and supporting the staff in using it. We are looking for a proactive team player who will throw themselves into the role. You will work closely with staff from all areas of KWMC, helping to ensure the smooth running of a huge variety of work.

This position would be ideal for someone looking to progress in their IT career, within a lively environment and positive community

Salary £19,262 – £22,199 depending on experience for a 37 hour week. We are also open to this being a 30 hour (4 days) a week post. Pro-rata this equates to £16,412 – £18,795

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 30 – 37 hours per week.

We are open to job share applications or proposals.

The role
To provide technical support to the organisation and assist the Head of IT in providing functional IT infrastructure. In addition, to facilitate events and activities which draw upon KWMC’s extensive technical resources.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce and in the arts community; particularly any applicant who identifies as working-class, a person of colour, transgender, non-binary or genderqueer, D/deaf, visually impaired, disabled or neurodivergent.

Full details of the role can be found in the Application Pack

To apply

Please read the application pack then complete the Application Form

Please email your Application Form to: michaela@kwmc.org.uk

Please also complete our online anonymous Equalities Monitoring Form – the information you share will not be stored with, or linked to, your submission. Completing the form helps us understand whether we are reaching people from a range of backgrounds through our promotion of this opportunity.

Support

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

Apply straightway. It’s a quick turnaround!

Application deadline: 9am, Monday 26th July 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted the same day.

Interviews: Will take place the following day Tuesday 27th July 2021.

We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible.

We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment process.

No recruitment agencies please.

Opportunity : Creativity and Care Mini Commissions

Knowle West Media Centre are excited to launch a new programme called ‘Creativity + Care’. The programme will explore themes of radical care and pleasure activism. It will provide opportunities for creatives to explore and experience nourishing spaces of care that can support, inspire and enable their creativity. 

Mini Commissions – Round 1 

We are looking to commission four artists/creatives, working in any medium, who want to explore the theme of creativity and care with us. The first round of the programme will explore Care Languages. This takes inspiration from the idea of Love Languages (words of affirmation, quality time, acts of services, gifts, physical touch) which describe different ways of expressing and receiving love. We want to expand this thinking into exploring how we express and receive care for ourselves and others through creative practice. 

The commissioned artists will collaborate with Knowle West Media Centre (either remotely or in person) between July – October. They will take part in a care-giving circle where we explore the theme of care languages by asking two key provocations. Artists could respond to one/both of these questions, in relation to their practice:

What is a creative care practice or experience that nourishes you that you could offer up to others? 

What is a creative care practice or experience that you like to offer others, that you would like time to develop? 

This could and should be an experience/practice that you do to ensure your own care and wellbeing, or that does the same for others, and should be rooted in your creative practice/s. We are really open to what your form of creativity + care looks and feels like.

For example, do you spend time doing your hair a certain way each week? Do you take a specific walk every now and then to bring yourself joy? Do you like to cook food or dinner to show care? Do you like to play music or create a playlist for others to listen to? Do you like to create engaging art activities? Hold discussion circles? 

Artists should also consider how others can publicly participate or learn. For example, can you cook for someone and invite others to a dinner? Can you create a listening party? 

We will be looking to commission ideas which could exist across physical and digital spaces. We think this looks like commissioning 2 artists/creatives to work on ideas which can be experienced as stand alone ‘gifts’ in domestic / remote settings – perhaps these are digital offerings, and 2 creatives who might want to bring their ‘gifts’ into a physical / public setting or space (this could be at KWMC but does not have to be). 

Fee: 

  • £750 per artist/idea inclusive of VAT (4 x mini commissions are available). The fee includes 3 days at £250 per day for Design (1.5 days), Sharing (1 day), Reflection (0.5 days).

Additional Support: 

  • £50 budget for materials per artist/idea if needed. 
  • Additional budget available for access (such as travel, BSL, translation etc) 
  • Programme curators/producers will offer support with participatory practice, connecting with audiences, opportunities for exchange between artists, and overseeing documentation. 
  • KWMC can offer physical space, marketing and event support 

Who do we want to work with? 

We are interested in collaborating with those most in need of these spaces and resources – creative people who are most impacted by oppressive systems, structures and cultures within the creative sector (people who have lived experience of finding the creative sector to be ableist, ageist, racist, classist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic) and who, as a result, are often underrepresented, under-resourced and underserved by the sector.

This opportunity is open to artists/creatives based anywhere in the UK. We are also very interested in working with creative people local to Bristol and in particular, South Bristol. We would love to connect with people who are new or not yet present in the creative industries and we have experience of working with emerging artists. 

Timeline 

  • This commission runs from July – October 2021
  • Monday 12th July at 9am: Deadline for applications 
  • By Friday 16th July : We will get back to you about whether you have been selected or not 
  • Late July: Group meet up 
  • August – September: Commission Development 
  • September and October – Sharings and reflection

To apply 

1.) Read the full Artist Brief 

2.) Submit a written audio or video response in this online form.

Application deadline: 9am, Monday 12th July 2021

Commission start date: July 2021

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

To find out more

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please contact Josephine on 0117 903 0444 or josephine@kwmc.org.uk

Creativity + Care : Research and Development

Co-curators Roseanna Dias and Josephine Gyasi have spent the first part of 2021 thinking about the links between creativity and care, in preparation for a new public programme at Knowle West Media Centre launching in July. This blog post shares some of their collaborative research and development journey so far. 

Who Are We?

Roseanna Dias is a Bristol based freelance producer, curator and facilitator interested in creativity and social change. Her work draws on co-creation and approaches which centre care, working with organisations like Rising Arts Agency and Gentle/Radical. 

Josephine Gyasi is a creative producer working at Knowle West Media Centre. Freelance project coordinator and inclusion officer working with projects such as Black Girl Convention and Sun Kissed Youth. Community is at the heart of her work, with a passion for race equality and social justice. josephine@kwmc.org.uk – @josephine.gyasi 

“I feel that the group is at the forefront of a paradigm shift.” Elsie Harp

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Where is the care in the creative sector?

As creative producers, curators and facilitators, we see a sector that often exploits, extracts and tokenises creatives as part of a wider system of capitalism. A culture of hyper-productivity and burnout, and a lack of space for rest, is commonplace – affecting disproportionately those who are already most underrepresented, under-resourced and underserved by the sector.

During this R&D project we’ve been focussing on ways of working that centre people and their care in order to create the conditions for co-creation and creativity to flourish on artists’ / creatives’ (not industry’s) terms. Along with our collaborators so far, we’ve been dreaming up a blueprint for the future: one where care is recognised as universal, reciprocal and central to sustainable and authentic creative practice. Through experimentation, workshops, reflection sessions, and getting creative ourselves, we’ve developed a programme called Creativity + Care that will launch in July 2021.

This June, we’re excited to launch a call out for artists / creatives to create work around our first strand of the programme which will explore Care Languages. This theme takes inspiration from the idea of Love Languages (words of affirmation, quality time, acts of services, gifts, physical touch) which describe different ways of expressing and receiving love. We want to expand this thinking into exploring how we express and receive care for ourselves and others through creative practice.

“Care’ is also a social capacity and activity involving the nurturing of all that is necessary for the welfare and flourishing of life. Above all, to put care centre stage means recognising and embracing our interdependencies.”
― The Care Collective, The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence

Our Journey So Far

It feels important to share with the world how we’ve arrived at this point and share how our research has tested out and embodied our blueprint for change. We’ve documented our process so far in our Creativity + Care Zine designed by Grace Kress from Shelby X Studios.

We’ve learnt that creating in step with artists / creatives and their needs means slowing down and practising active listening – creating opportunities for reflection and shared learning in advance of putting opportunities out into the world. Back in April we held an initial co-creation session with five artists / creatives to explore what the programme could look like, to help us design the aims and design principles for the project, and to feed into our first artist commission brief. The following creatives joined us for an afternoon of exploration:

Daniel EdmundSpeaker and presenter who advocates and speaks on topics such as; wellbeing, the issues of men’s mental health, gender inequality and race inequality. 

Elsie Harp AKA Divina Botanica – Florist and trainee flower farmer and passionate mental health practitioner, and the creator of a herbal medicine and radical self care zine – created for and to benefit the Black community. 

Grace KressCreative campaigner, illustrator and curator bringing together communities, exploring arts and activism, radical self-care and other areas addressing political and societal issues through their zine Shelby x Studios. 

Raquel Meseguer Founder of Unchartered Collective who creates theatrical encounters that explore the lived experience of chronic illness and invisible disability. 

Jae TallawahMusic maker, illustrator, visual note-taker and space curator working freelance and as MAIA’s Creative Legacy & Inclusion Lead. They curate experiences that make people feel seen and provide opportunities to heal.

During our group co-creation session we thought about:

What could we explore in this programme to do with Creativity + Care? 

What would we want to see from a commissioning brief that centres care? 

What principles do we want to see the programme uphold? 

We invited different people to hold space during the session and share their creativity and care practices – from breath work to imagining sanctuary together – the afternoon we spent together online felt nourishing and inspiring.

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Our co-creation session also felt productive and dynamic – it enabled us to develop key words and key questions, and three main areas of work emerged, which will form three pilots for this programme. They were Care Languages, Contracts of Care and exploring the role of a Care Coordinator.

“If collective access is revolutionary love without charity, how do we learn to love each other? How do we learn to do this love work of collective care that lifts us instead of abandons us, that grapples with all the deep ways in which care is complicated?”Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

The way we work is deeply rooted in dialogue with creatives and communities – this means we are aware of (and constantly learning about) the power dynamics inherent within co-production and co-design processes. It was our desire to be transparent with collaborators about where they had power to shape the programme as we moved through the R&D process. We also wanted to ensure each part of our co-creation process was adequately resourced and supported so we paid artists to spend time reflecting on prompts before and after the session and to comment on our first draft of the programme plan and documents, which had been shaped by our discussions. 

 

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Whilst we’ve been working on this, it has sometimes felt overwhelming – like there is so much need for this work, and also the conversations and concepts that were emerging were so rich – that we needed to ensure we could give it the time, and care, required. We’ve been grateful to KWMC for enabling us to slow down the pace of our curation and production processes so that we could resist the urge to define everything too quickly. As we were revisiting and rewriting the programme aims and principles, we began to sense a poem emerging, and Love In Action, was born (which you can read in the ‘Creativity + Care‘ zine)

We are interested in both what the programme looks and feels like, as well as how we create a caring community around it. We believe that when we create these spaces in community, to feel seen, heard and in which to heal, we create something greater than the sum of its parts. 

What next?

The Creativity + Care programme launches with our Mini Commissions Artists Call Out in June where four artists / creatives will be invited to explore the theme of Care Languages with us. They will also take part in a pilot Care Giving Circle and ways of sharing their own creativity and care practices with others. Through this research we are also developing a Blueprint for Care in the Creative Industries – an evolving set of recommendations and ways of working that put care, access and community at its heart. 

“Pleasure activists believe that by tapping into the potential goodness in each of us we can generate justice and liberation, growing a healing abundance where we have been socialized to believe only scarcity exists.”Adrienne Maree Brown, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good

Opportunity : Come Together Artist Commissions

Knowle West Media Centre are excited to launch a new programme of public events, training and co-creation called ‘Come Together’The programme is designed to support artists and communities to develop new skills in hybrid (digital + physical) arts practices and explore new inclusive ways to come together.

Artist call-out

We are looking to commission four South West based artists, working in any medium, who are experienced in working with communities and looking to develop new skills in mixing digital and physical arts practices

The commissioned artists will work in and collaborate with Knowle West residents (either remotely or in person) between July – October to co-create and showcase new hybrid work that explores inclusive ways to come together. You will be supported and coached to develop your practice by KWMC producers, national partners (including MAIA Group, Grizedale and Onion Collective), critical friends and a creative cohort.

Fee: £3,000 each, inclusive of VAT
Additional budget available for: creative collaborators, community collaboratorsmaterials and access (such as travelBSL, translation etc.). 

As this project is exploring how to co-create more inclusive hybrid (physical plus digital) spaces, we particularly welcome applications from people who have lived experience of finding digital or physical spaces to be ableist, ageist, racist, classist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic. 

To apply

*Please note: The deadline for this opportunity has now passed. Find out about the Come Together programme here. If you an artist or creative technologist making inspiring hybrid work, we would love to hear from you as there will be opportunities for artists to share their practice throughout the programme. Email martha.king@kwmc.org.uk

1.) Read or listen to the full Artist Brief

 

2.) Submit a written audio or video response in this online form.

Application deadline: 9am, Monday 28 June 2021
Interviews (via video call or in person) on: Thursday 1st or Friday 2nd July 2021
Commission start date: week commencing 5 July 2021

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

To find out more

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please contact Georgia on 0117 903 0444 or georgia@kwmc.org.uk

Q&A drop-in
Friday 11 June 2021, 10 – 11am
Join us via zoom to hear more about the project and ask questions. Email georgia@kwmc.org.uk to receive a link and book a place.

Project Night
Thursday 24 June 2021, 6-8pm
A chance to find out more about the project, discuss initial ideas and eat together.
Email georgia@kwmc.org.uk to book a place: via zoom or in person at KWMC

The ‘Come Together’ project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Opportunity: Come Together Digital Storytellers Commission

Knowle West Media Centre are excited to launch a new programme of public events, training and co-creation called ‘Come Together’The programme is designed to support artists and communities to develop new skills in hybrid (digital + physical) arts practices and explore new inclusive ways to come together.

Digital Storyteller call-out

We are looking to commission two South West based digital storytellers / content creators, one with a visual practice (film, photography, illustration etc.) and one with a word-based practice (writing, podcasts etc.), to capture and tell the story of the new ‘Come Together’ project this SummerAutumn 2021. 

Storytellers must have experience of publicly sharing content to tell a story, be excited to work in a community context and familiar with digital software to support their practice. You will be supported and coached to develop your practice by KWMC producers, national partners (including MAIA Group, Grizedale and Onion Collective), critical friends and a creative cohort.

As this project is exploring how to co-create more inclusive hybrid (physical plus digital) spaces, we particularly welcome applications from people who have lived experience of finding digital or physical spaces to be ableist, ageist, racist, classist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic.  

Fee: £2,000 each inclusive of VAT
Additional budget available for: materials and access (such as travelBSL, translation etc.).

To apply

*Please note: The deadline for this opportunity has now passed. Find out about the Come Together programme here. If you an artist or creative technologist making inspiring hybrid work, we would love to hear from you as there will be opportunities for artists to share their practice throughout the programme. Email martha.king@kwmc.org.uk

1.) Read or listen to the full Digital Storyteller Brief

2.) Submit your written audio or video response in this online form.

Application deadline9am, Monday 28 June 2021

Interviews (via video call or in person) on: Thursday 1st or Friday 2nd July 2021

Commission start date: week commencing 5 July 2021

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

To find out more

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please contact Georgia on 0117 903 0444 or Georgia@kwmc.org.uk

Join free events to find out more:

Q&A drop-in
Friday 11 June 2021, 10 – 11am

Join us via zoom to hear more about the project and ask questions. Email Georgia@KWMC.org.uk to receive a link and book a place.

Project Night
Thursday 24 June 2021, 6-8pm

A chance to find out more about the project, discuss initial ideas and eat together.
Email Georgia@kwmc.org.uk to book a place: via zoom or in person at KWMC

The ‘Come Together’ project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Job Vacancy: Social Media and Communications Assistant

Knowle West Media Centre is excited to be part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Kickstart is funded by the Government and jobs from the Kickstart Scheme are open to 16-24 year olds, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Knowle West Media Centre is working in partnership with Koreo, the UK social change sector’s Kickstart gateway, as part of a collaborative effort to power up our sector with exceptional talent and make a real impact on youth unemployment. We are currently looking to recruit a Social Media and Communications Assistant.

This Kickstarter role includes a supported development programme delivered by Koreo and training by Knowle West Media Centre. The programme will equip you with the connections, experiences, tools and insight needed to succeed at work, help you to build a peer community of fellows and give you the skills to transition beyond the placement, and position yourself well for a career that is socially impactful.

The Role
1) Social Media and Communications Assistant

The Social Media & Communications Assistant will use digital tools and digital platforms to raise awareness of KWMC and its work, attract new audiences, and build positive relationships with a range of people. Central to the role is working with the KWMC team to gather stories and creative content to be shared on KWMC’s social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn), on websites and in e-mail marketing campaigns.

Our ideal candidate is someone who values both people and processes: who enjoys engaging with people and understanding what inspires and motivates them, and is also highly organised with strong attention to detail. For full information about the opportunity and how to apply please read the job application pack.

Job Application Pack – Social Media & Communications Assistant

Salary: Fixed term contract for 6 months paid at National minimum wage
Ideal start date June 2021
Hours: 25 hours per week. Flexible hours to be agreed depending on circumstances between 9am 6pm

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.

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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