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My Knowle West shortlisted for national digital award

Our ‘local social network’ My Knowle West was nominated for an award at this year’s Next Gen digital awards.

The app, which enables people to share photos and updates about positive activities happening in their area, was shortlisted alongside five other finalists in the ‘Intelligent Communities’ category.

On 5th November, members of the KWMC team traveled down to London for the Next Gen 15 conference and the evening awards ceremony, which took place in the House of Lords.

Although My Knowle West missed out on the top award, we were delighted to make the shortlist and see the app, developed through European partnership project IES Cities, recognised for bringing people together and using digital technologies to encourage positive action.

Find out more about the app here. You can register for a free account on MyKW online, so join the online community and get sharing!

Special Knowle West TV series draws to a close

Over the summer months Made in Bristol TV has been broadcasting a weekly show about Knowle West TV, a series of programmes that were first shown on Bristol Channel, a community cable TV initiative that operated from 1973-75.

Bristol Channel was set up by Rediffusion, at the time the UK’s largest cable company, and it reached 23,000 homes in Bristol via Rediffusion’s cable network in 1973. Knowle West TV was one of the programmes: local residents were trained to record footage and just over 21 hours of local material was produced. From discussions about the women’s liberation movement and the 1974 General Election to music from local bands and street interviews, the films provide a fascinating and witty insight into life in Bristol and Knowle West in the 1970s.

The half-hour ‘highlights’ programmes on Made in Bristol TV are broadcast every Friday on Freeview channel 8, Sky 117 or Virgin 159, and are presented by Josh Ellis. As a result of seeing the programmes, over 30 people have been in touch with us to share their stories and memories.

The final episodes of the Made in Bristol TV series will focus on four Knowle West residents – some of whom still live in the area today.  Bryan, Steve, Lorraine and Robin all saw things they recognised in the 1970s footage – and one of them remembered Bristol Channel first time round!

Our collaboration with Made in Bristol TV is part of the wider Knowle West TV project, where we’ve been working with the Know Your Bristol project at University of Bristol and Bristol Record Office to bring the 1970s footage back to our screens.

Tune in to Made in Bristol TV on Friday 18th and Friday 25th September to hear their stories.

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Call for artist/maker for new furniture commission

As part of our new Eagle House Pop-Up Furniture Factory, Knowle West Media Centre is seeking an artist/maker for a new commission to re-imagine, re-design and re-make redundant office furniture into something more beautiful, useful and sustainable.

The commission runs from November 2014 to February 2015.

To find out more please download the brief The Beauty Within Call for Commissions or contact Melissa Mean on 07984 745 175 or melissa.mean@kwmc.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 31st October 2014.

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Knowle West Heritage Walking Tour

On Wednesday 13th August around 25 people joined us for a heritage walking tour of Knowle West with local historian and lifelong resident Ken Jones. Ken gave a detailed account of Knowle West’s rich history, stretching all the way back to its past as a Roman settlement in the 3rd Century.

The walking tour started with the history of the Knowle West Media Centre site where there used to be a health clinic built in the early days of the NHS in 1952. It was next door to what was colloquially known as the “fever hospital.”

The tour then moved on to Inns Court. Several churches have existed over the years on the site of Holy Cross Church at Inns Court and the current church was built in 1999. Though the building is new, an old bell and font from Temple Church, which was bombed during the Second World War, reside there.

Behind the church at Inns Court Ken showed us where parts of an old manor farmhouse are still visible. The farmhouse was subsequently used as a vicarage and later to house chickens. There was also another farm situated near the current site of the bus depot. In the old farmhouse there was a secret room revealed by a levered shelf in the larder – where it is claimed that Royalists hid from Roundheads during the Civil war in the 1640s.

The tour then visited Filwood Broadway where you can see a series of purpose built buildings from the 1950s, including Filwood Library, Filwood Social Club, and the swimming pool which closed in 2008. The old cinema that was first opened in 1938 is also on Filwood Broadway – some of the seats from which can now be found at the MShed museum.

Ken provided a comprehensive and, at times, surprising journey through the history of the area. He explained that “Knowle West” was invented as a postal address by the Post Office in the 1930s and the area’s official name is Filwood Park. “There’s no such place as Knowle West,” commented Ted, who is the caretaker at Holy Cross Church.

Participants found the walking tour very interesting and were interested in attending similar events in the future to hear more of Ken’s unrivalled local knowledge.

Thanks to Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives for working with us to organise the walk as part of their summer programme.

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KWMC helps Filwood Get Fit

A community festival is coming to Knowle West – and it will support everyone to become more active, whatever their age and ability.

From 7th – 12th July, Knowle West Together, a group of local organisations including KWMC, will be running Filwood Gets Fit. The week will include some special activities, including the ‘Run to Knowle West’ on 8th July and a ‘Dot to Dot’ walk on 12th July. It will also celebrate the activities that are already happening in the BS4 area – from sports teams and walking groups to gardening and children’s clubs.  Many groups will be offering free or reduced-price ‘taster’ sessions.

Why should Filwood Get Fit?

Our physical health can have a big impact on our quality of life. According to the Council’s latest Quality of Life Survey (2012), levels of physical activity in Filwood are lower than the city average. The number of households with a smoker is higher than the city average too. We want to help to change that for the better – we hope that by doing something active we’ll all feel healthier and happier. 

For more information download the Filwood Gets Fit Programme or contact Rachel Clarke at Knowle West Media Centre.

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Residents help to ‘Make the Neighbourhood’

On Saturday 21st June sixty people came to our Make Your Neighbourhood event to see the exciting things happening in Knowle West – and join in.

Activities included designing signs for Knowle West, making things out of recycled materials, our mobile tattoo parlour collecting local tattoos and their stories, and making fresh apple juice with Re:Work‘s apple pressing machine. The clear favourite for many were the bike rides from local new business and all ability cycling hub A Ride in the Park. This business was supported by the Do What You Love programme.

The stall by Knowle West Health Association & Bramble Farm sold out of locally grown veg, while many noises of approval could be heard from people tasting bread baked by local business Bread Club. Other  highlights included the My Knowle West app and the future map of Jarmans, made by Joe Kelly, an Architecture and Planning student on a placement with us.

As part of Big Green Week we also conducted tours of the building, and everyone enjoyed finding out about the history of KWMC and the environmental aspects of our building.

Amanda Ramsay, who ran a stall at the event about Knowle West Futures, said: “We were really pleased. We spoke to lots of local people that we had not met before, and we signed up some new members to our group.”

We are also pleased that one of the local businesses recruited a new volunteer – and six people came along who had never taken part in an event like this before! Thanks to everyone who came, on what was a scorcher of a day. To find out about future events visit the Events section.

A video about the event will be up soon.

Tattoo arts project scratches the surface of South Bristol

A  tattoo parlour with a difference is about to open in Knowle West, Bristol –  instead of inking new tattoos it will digitally collect people’s pieces of body art and create an online gallery celebrating the strong tattoo culture in the neighbourhood.

The Mobile Tattoo Parlour will be open for business at 11am on Tuesday 10th June on Leinster Avenue, outside the Marked Up Tattoo Studio. Knowle West Media Centre is looking for ten local people to come ready to add their favourite tattoo to the online collection as part of the opening ceremony and press launch for a new project. If you would like to take part please contact Luke Gregg on 0117 903 0444 or email him at luke.gregg@kwmc.org.uk

The Mobile Parlour is a collaboration with digital agency Play Nicely and artists Stand & Stare – and is part of new project called ‘I Will Always Have You’. From Tuesday 10 June Knowle West residents can photograph their tattoos and upload the ‘tattoo selfies’ and their stories to www.knowlewesttattoos.org.uk.  Some will feature in an interactive exhibition at KWMC in September this year.

I Will Always Have You’ offers an opportunity for people to share the memories, lost loves and tall tales that are etched into their tattoos. By gathering these stories, the project hopes to explore and better understand the growing popularity of tattoos across the UK and the richness of the tattoo culture of Knowle West.

Melissa Mean, Arts Producer at KWMC, said: “1 in 5 adults in Britain now have a tattoo[1] – by using our skin as a canvas we can become walking works of art. KWMC is looking forward to welcoming all sorts of people to the Mobile Parlour to share their experience of the creative act of tattooing. We’re scratching the surface of Knowle West and we’re excited about what we might find.”

Lucy Haywood, Artistic Director at Stand & Stare said: “We have already met some incredible people with amazing tattoos in Knowle West. One thing that has struck us is how, when people have multiple tattoos, they often become like a map of memories, indelible pictures that remind you of people, stories and who you are. We can’t wait to get the Mobile Parlour out on the road so we can meet loads more fascinating people and build up a better picture of why Knowle West Boys and Girls love their tattoos so much.”

Megan Hoyle, Studio Manager at Play Nicely, said: “We jumped at the opportunity to work on this campaign for a few reasons – but largely as it’s such an interesting use of Kinect technology. [With] the online tattoo cataloging system for everyone in Knowle West (at first) to easily submit their own tattoos and the resulting exhibition – it can only be a hugely original and revealing event.”

The Mobile Parlour will tour different locations around Knowle West from Tuesday 10 June. The Parlour will then be installed at Knowle West Media Centre from 1 July, where people can visit it over the summer.

For more details about I Will Always Have You contact Melissa Mean. For press enquiries contact Rachel Clarke.



[1] Metro: ‘ Why Britons love being inked’. http://metro.co.uk/2013/02/21/do-you-have-a-tattoo-too-why-britons-love-being-inked-3504642/

More information about the project coming soon.

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Nicholas White – photographer in residence

Over the last few months Nicholas White has been working as photographer in residence at Knowle West Media Centre, developing a new commission: “The Five Thousand Island Forest”. Based in Okehampton (UK), Nicholas’ work is themed around landscape, exploring narratives related to human intervention, the environment and the ways in which we interact with our natural spaces.  “The Five Thousand Island Forest” is a landscape exploration of Knowle West –  more details will be available soon.

Nicholas was awarded the South West Graduate Photography Prize in 2013 for his work “The Militarisation of Dartmoor”, which is currently exhibiting at Green Hill Arts. The prize was established by Fotonow in 2010 to ‘showcase photographic work emerging from the region to a national audience.’ Nicholas and the finalists of the 2013 prize – Katie Emmett, India Pocock, Matthew Sheather, Patrick Graham, Sydney Cunningham and Katy Brothers – will have their work exhibited at KWMC from 28th May.

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos taken by Nicholas during shooting for “The Five Thousand Island Forest”.

001 & 002 – Scouting trip to the roof of St. Mary Redcliffe
003 – Shooting at Springfield Allotments towards Bristol
004 – Goats at Andy’s Haven Nursery
005 & 006 – Shooting Knowle West from the roof of The Tobacco Factory

For more information about Nicholas’ work visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

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What we’re dreaming of in 2015

Bristol Maker Lab is one of the big ideas dreamed up in our Do What You Love programme – we hope it will be a place for everyone to make their own products and become entrepreneurs. Bristol Maker Lab will have the very latest equipment, like 3D printers and laser cutters, with experts on hand to show people how to use them. It will be open to the public so that people can start designing and making things to sell. There’ll be a programme of classes about how to make great things using the equipment – anything from jewellery to robots to spare parts for washing machines. We’ve made a lovely brochure explaining how it will all work, which you can download here: Bristol Maker Lab For more details contact Hazel or Justin.

 

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Filwood Opportunities Fayre

Are you recruiting for a skills course or hiring in early 2014?
Is your organisation on the look out for volunteers?
Do you want to raise awareness of your advice or education services South Bristol?

A group of organisations, including KWMC, are collaborating to organise an Opportunities Fayre in Knowle West / Filwood in January 2014. We’d like to invite employers, training providers, voluntary organisations and advice agencies to get involved.

Filwood Opportunities Fayre

Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th January 2014
10am – 3pm (Wednesday and Friday), 10am – 6pm (Thursday)
Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple Road, BS4 1JP

The Fayre will provide Knowle West residents who aren’t in education, training or employment with information, taster activities and signposting to opportunities within their community and the surrounding area. The aim of the event is to encourage them to take the next step in their personal or professional journey.

Space is limited so please send expressions of interest before the end of 2013. The more visual, practical and interactive you can make your stall the better!

Employers interested in participating in the Fayre should contact Iris Eiting at re:work: iris@reworkltd.org.uk
Training providers should contact Louise Hunt at The Park: louise.hunt@theparkknowle.org.uk
Organisations seeking volunteers should contact Sue Mackinnon here at Knowle West Media Centre: sue@kwmc.org.uk

Please direct any other queries to Anita Pearce (0117 908 4248) or Rachel Clarke (0117 353 4609).

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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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