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The Male Room

A free creative programme supporting men aged 18-30 to develop their skills as creative professionals and explore their identities as men.

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


What are the programme dates?

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

Who should apply?

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).

Where is the residential retreat?

The residential takes place on the outskirts of Bristol in a quiet, rural location.

What will the retreat involve?

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.

What will it cost me?

Taking part in the programme is FREE to you, thanks to support from our funders and partners.

Is childcare provided?

We have limited funding to support some childcare needs during the programme. To
discuss the options please e-mail or call 0117 903 0444 and ask for Daniel or Mike.

Are travel costs covered?

Travel to and from the residential retreat is included. Additional reasonable transport costs can be covered if required.

How can I apply?

Applications have now closed. If you have any questions please email or call 0117 903 0444 and ask for Daniel or Mike.

What’s the story behind the programme?

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.

Male Suicide

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)

Masculinity and Identity

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.”

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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