In light of new COVID-19 regulations for England, which came into force on Tuesday 5 January 2021, our buildings Knowle West Media Centre (Leinster Avenue) and KWMC The Factory (Filwood Green Business Park) are temporarily closed.
We hope to reopen our spaces for small-group activity and pre-arranged visits when it’s safe to do so, in line with government regulations, and we’ll provide more details as soon as we can.
We’re pleased to say that all online activities planned for January and February 2021 will continue as normal, including our monthly Project Nights for artists and creatives working in communities. You can still sign up for our MADE in South Bristol programme at KWMC The Factory, to explore digital manufacturing and establishing your own creative enterprise selling the products you make.
During the national lockdown period, our Jump Studios groups (Monday’s Control Alt Delete, Tuesday’s Maker City and Wednesday’s Sound Wave Sessions and Creative Hub) will no longer meet in person at KWMC (Leinster Avenue). From Monday 11 January 2021 all activities will take place online. Our team will be in touch with young people, parents and carers with details of how to access these sessions and how we can support you if you don’t have access to digital technologies at home. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Block West pavilion in the grounds of KWMC (Leinster Avenue) will not be accessible while the KWMC building is closed.
Unfortunately we won’t be able to welcome members of KWMC The Factory to use our digital fabrication equipment bookings during the national lockdown.
One of our organisational values is resilience; during the first national lockdown in early 2020 our team worked with the communities and groups we support to reimagine activities that could no longer happen in person. This included sharing free online resources, creating tutorials to help people use technologies that were new to them, bringing people together in virtual spaces, and creating events that mix on-screen interaction with hands-on creativity – such as sending materials and craft packs to people’s homes in advance of online workshops. Thank you to everyone who has embraced these new ways of interacting and worked with us to shape the activities of the last few months.
As we move into this third period of lockdown, the learning, creating and collaboration will continue!
We may have to return to seeing you digitally for now, but we hope to see you in person in the not too distant future.
We’ll continue to post daily on our social media accounts; you can follow and chat to us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @knowlewestmedia @kwmcthefactory and @JumpKWMC – we’d love to hear from you!
If you live in Knowle West and need practical help during the period of national lockdown, such as picking up food shopping or prescriptions, you can contact the Knowle West COVID-19 Support Hub on 0800 694 0184.
If you can offer your time as a volunteer to support the work of the Knowle West COVID-19 Support Hub, Knowle West Alliance would love to hear from you.
The Knowle West community website provides links to COVID-19 guidance from the NHS and UK government, and you can keep up to date with local activities and information via the Knowle West Alliance Facebook page.
During this lockdown period we’ll continue to monitor government guidance and keep our COVID-19 safety procedures under review.