Knowle West is one of fourteen communities across England set to transform their local areas as part of the new £4 million Creative Civic Change programme, which launched this week.
With funding of up to £200,000 for each community involved, as well as a programme of support including advice and mentoring, Creative Civic Change will ‘help every area make social, economic or environmental changes that matter to them locally.’
In Knowle West, Filwood Community Centre will work with residents to transform spaces in and around its building and support people to develop their own creative projects. The Community Centre is an 80-year-old former school, which now houses event space, dance studios, a gym and an art room. It is run by Community in Partnership Knowle West (CIPKW).
Through the three-year Filwood Fantastic programme, CIPKW aims to help the Knowle West / Filwood community thrive by responding to local priorities in creative ways.
As part of Filwood Fantastic, Knowle West Media Centre will support Filwood Community Centre and local residents to develop creative projects in collaboration with artists, and use new digital making technologies at our manufacturing workshop KWMC: The Factory.
During Filwood Fantastic, residents can get involved in activities including:
dance, drama, community radio, arts and crafts, and sewing
building street furniture, signage, lighting, and planters for Filwood Broadway
making furnishings and features for Filwood Community Centre
They can also apply to CIPKW for small pots of funding to set up their own group or event.
Makala Cheung, Creative Director & Business Manager at Filwood Community Centre, said: “We’re looking forward to working with people of all ages over the next three years to make Filwood even more Fantastic: having fun, getting to know our neighbours, and making the changes that people have told us they want.”
Melissa Mean, Head of Arts at KWMC, said: “Knowle West is already full of fantastic people and community energy. The Filwood Fantastic project is a great opportunity to tap into that energy and KWMC is excited to be part of the mix. We’ll be helping by bringing in specialist artists and lots of creative tech, like 3D printers and laser cutters, to create some fantastic things with local people.”
On Thursday 16 May, Filwood Community Centre and KWMC will launch the Filwood Fantastic programme with a ‘Mix Up Party’.
The evening event will include circus performances and a showcase of creative projects and art pieces designed by artists and residents working together.
Makala explains: “the event aims to ‘mix up’ different people and types of art and see what happens next! If you’re interested in creative things happened in Knowle West or are an artist or creative person making work in the community, then this event is for you.”
Tickets to the Mix Up Party are free for Knowle West residents and £5 for others. Visit the KWMC Shop for details.
For more information about Filwood Fantastic visit the Filwood Community Centre website or call 0117 914 9216.
Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Local Trust, the Creative Civic Change initiative has been launched in response to the Inquiry into the Civic Role of the Arts Organisations.
It aims to explore a new approach to funding community-driven projects, and share experience to inspire others to use the arts and creativity to make positive local change.
Sarah Benioff, Director of England at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “People are at the heart of what we do and we believe it is important for them to get involved, have their say and make the changes they want to see. Thanks to National Lottery players and this partnership, the Creative Civic Change programme is building stronger networks within communities, whilst bringing them together to tackle issues that are not only affecting them individually, but collectively.”