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Vacancy: Digital Engagement and Social Media Coordinator

We’re seeking a creative communicator and content creator to help us raise the profile of our programme for young people and emerging creatives.

30 – 37 hours a week
Salary scale: £23,046 – £24,968 depending on experience (pro-rata for 30 hours)

The Digital Engagement and Social Media Coordinator will support the delivery of KWMC’s young people’s programme, Jump Studios, by raising the profile of work and participants with key stakeholders across the city and across a variety of social media. You will be in charge of our social media strategy and external voice.

For full details of this new and exciting position in Knowle West Media Centre please read the job description here.

How to apply

Please read through the job description and write a covering letter (maximum of one page A4) detailing your interest in the role and how you meet the person specification, giving tangible examples. We would also like you to complete one of the tasks set out below. You can present this task in any way you like – we are looking for a creative approach!

Task (please pick one to focus on)

– Plan a social media campaign looking for new musicians in Bristol to take part in a Sound Wave Retreat in July 2021.

– We are looking to engage young people aged 10 – 16 in our after-school programme, Maker City. Plan a social media strategy to recruit new young people.

Send your covering letter, completed task and your CV (maximum length two pages) to Dot Baker at dorothy.baker@kwmc.org.uk

Please also complete the anonymous monitoring form here.

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants from demographics currently under represented across the creative industries including, Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, all women and disabled people.

Apply now!

Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 14 December 2020

Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 December 2020

Start date: Monday 11 January 2021 (or as soon as possible)


KWMC Recruitment Process

We welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce and in the arts community; particularly working class people, people of colour, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people, and disabled people (as defined by the Equality Act 2010). We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment process.

We guarantee an interview for anyone who identifies as one or more of the above and fulfils the minimum requirements of the role. If you would like this to be a consideration in your application, please indicate in your submission.

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.

For information about how we use your data to process your job application please see our Recruitment Privacy Policy

Access information for our buildings can be found here.

 

Vacancy: Project Coordinator We Can Make

We Can Make is seeking a Project Coordinator who is passionate about making community-led housing happen.

30 hours a week
£24,000 – £28,000 (pro rata) depending on experience

We Can Make is an innovative initiative in Knowle West, Bristol, that creates community-led homes at ‘point of need’ by unlocking micro-sites for development. We Can Make has a particular focus on digital design and fabrication as a way to empower communities and ensure more value from investment in new homes “sticks” and helps grow community wealth. As a community land trust, We Can Make is proud to be part of a growing movement of “people powered’ housing across the UK.

The Project Coordinator will work in a hands-on and creative way across the programme, including: co-design with local people; supporting the technical side of the planning and development process; capturing the social impact; and overall helping to ensure the smooth running of the programme.

The successful applicant will be a creative and values-driven individual who is committed to community and citizen-led development.

– You will have excellent communication, graphic and hands-on design skills, and an aptitude for working collaboratively with diverse communities.

– You will be able to engage with and help bring alive big ideas around the commons, community wealth building, and new forms of community-led housing.

– You will enjoy getting to grips with the fine detail and organisational processes of making things happen on time, on budget, and to an excellent standard.

We strongly encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce; particularly working-class people, people of colour, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and disabled people.

How to apply

Please read the We Can Make Project Coordinator Job Description and complete the Application Form.

Please also complete the online anonymous monitoring form here.

Completed applications should be sent to: gail.bevan@kwmc.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Monday 14 December 2020.

Interviews will be held on Friday 18 December 2020.


KWMC Recruitment Process

We welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce and in the arts community; particularly working class people, people of colour, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people, and disabled people (as defined by the Equality Act 2010). We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment process.

We guarantee an interview for anyone who identifies as one or more of the above and fulfils the minimum requirements of the role. If you would like this to be a consideration in your application, please indicate in your submission.

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.

For information about how we use your data to process your job application please see our Recruitment Privacy Policy

Access information for our buildings can be found here.

Vacancy: Finance Manager

We are looking to recruit a Finance Manager to ensure that KWMC achieves its ambitions and is financially resilient.

37 hours a week
Salary negotiable from £40,000

Knowle West Media Centre is looking to recruit an exciting key role within this growing cultural organisation. We are looking for a Finance Manager who shares our values that include equity, integrity, and collaboration, and can help ensure we achieve our ambitions and are financially resilient.

KWMC is engaged in a diverse range of activities ranging from supporting emerging creative talent and young people, to citizen led housing, and supporting people to learn about digital making and the circular economy. The Finance Manager will be key to ensuring that  sustainability is central to the development of the organisation and that KWMC will continue to grow and move proportionally towards a reduced dependency on grant funding, replaced by self-generated income.

This vacancy has arisen due to the growth of the organisation.  The existing postholder will be staying on in a part-time capacity, focusing on grant funding, and will be available to provide support when required.  The Finance Manager will be additionally supported by two finance officers.

For further information please read the overview and the job description.

How to apply

Please send a letter of application which addresses the job description and person specification in detail, giving examples where relevant.  The letter should be accompanied by your CV.

Email your letter and CV to Michaela Macrae Simpson at: michaela@kwmc.org.uk

Please also complete the anonymous monitoring form here.

The closing date for applications has been extended to 9am, Wednesday 25 November 2020.

Interviews are expected to take place the following week online.
We would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.

We politely request no contact from agencies or media sales.


KWMC Recruitment Process

We welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce and in the arts community; particularly working class people, people of colour, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people, and disabled people (as defined by the Equality Act 2010). We are committed to managing a fair and equitable recruitment process.

We guarantee an interview for anyone who identifies as one or more of the above and fulfils the minimum requirements of the role. If you would like this to be a consideration in your application, please indicate in your submission.

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.

For information about how we use your data to process your job application please see our Recruitment Privacy Policy

Access information for our buildings can be found here

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.

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.

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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.

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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