The Male Room for 2018 has now passed. We had a great time! Have a look below to find out more.
-Are you an aspiring entrepreneur or looking for a space to grow as a professional?
-Are you a creative who’s hit a wall and needs some inspiration?
-Are you a man who wants to focus on personal development?
Why take part?
-Improve your skills as a creative
-Push past creative blocks and procrastination
-Explore and challenge ideas about masculinity in your industry
-Develop practical knowledge of entrepreneurship
-Receive professional mentoring and coaching
-Improve your wellbeing and harness the power of music and/or the arts
Following the programme, you could:
-Apply to become a resident at KWMC: Factory and start your own business.
-Apply to join our creative agency Eight, begin working freelance.
-Get professional 1-2-1 support to develop as a musician
-Get access to industry standard equipment and resources to support your creative/business development (e.g free studio time, camera hire)
A participant on our most recent retreat, for the From Her Tracks programme, commented: “I’ve formed a really close-knit sisterhood with some of the other participants. I came out of the retreat with so much more clarity of what I needed to do. I really focused… without fear. Everything has changed.”
Here are pictures from our The Male Room 2018 at Folly Farm. Photography by Dean Ayotte
Successful applicants are expected to attend the following:
Pre-residential meeting: Thursday 29 November 2018, 6 – 9pm
Residential retreat: Wednesday 5 – Friday 7 December 2018
Post-programme social: Tuesday 15 January 2019, eve
The programme is open to self-identifying men aged 18-30 living in Bristol. You can apply under the two categories below:
Category A: Music (producer, singer, rapper, poet, artist management, etc)
Category B: Creative (Arts, Media, Digital, Tech, etc)
We encourage applications from people currently under represented in the creative industries such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (BAME) and those not currently in education, employment or training (NEET).
The residential takes place on the outskirts of Bristol in a quiet, rural location.
The programme will include workshops, panel discussions, group talks and creative free time. All sessions will be facilitated by creative industry professionals, experienced wellbeing facilitators and life coaches.
Taking part in the programme is FREE to you, thanks to support from our funders and partners.
We have limited funding to support some childcare needs during the programme. To
discuss the options please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 903 0444 and ask for Daniel or Mike.
Travel to and from the residential retreat is included. Additional reasonable transport costs can be covered if required.
Applications have now closed. If you have any questions please email email@example.com or call 0117 903 0444 and ask for Daniel or Mike.
Knowle West Media Centre supports people of all backgrounds to develop careers in the creative industries – particularly groups that are under-represented or have faced barriers to achieving their goals. We recognise that men are faced with societal challenges that not only impact their wellbeing but the experience and wellbeing of other groups including women and LGBTQ+ communities.
Bristol (12.8) and Bath (11) both registered higher suicide rates than the national average of 10.1 per 100,000 persons in England. (Office for National Statistics)
New YouGov research reveals the scale of the generational shift in terms of how young people perceive their own masculinity and, to a lesser extent, femininity. On a scale of 0-6, where 0 is completely masculine and 6 is completely feminine, only 2% of young men (aged 18-24) define themselves as totally masculine, compared to fully 56% of men over 65. 36% of young men are less likely to say they find it easier to talk to a friend about issues than women (53%). (YouGov.UK 2016)
Mena Fombo, KWMC Programme Manager (Young People & Emerging Creatives) explains: “KWMC supports women and other underrepresented groups to access safe spaces and learning environments to develop skills to progress into the often male-dominated creative industries, and develop the confidence to challenge cultural norms. This work is vital but can only change the industry so far – we also need to support men to recognise the privileges they experience and use their influence positively. The Male Room aims to support men in the creative industries to both succeed themselves and be part of creating an environment where all oppressed, and underrepresented groups can thrive, feel safe and included.”