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At Knowle West Media Centre we believe that the arts have the power to make a difference to our lives, our neighbourhoods and our environment. We’re an arts organisation and charity based in Knowle West, Bristol and we’ve been supporting individuals and communities to get the most out of digital technologies and the arts since 1996. In practice, this means providing exciting and relevant ways for people to get involved in community activism, education, employment, and local decision-making.


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31 July 2015

Inns Court Playground Opened

Local parents and children came to celebrate the long-awaited opening of a new playground in Knowle West - complete with carved tree sculpture. The Inns Court Playground was opened by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson. It took a year for Bristol City Council to plan in consultation with local people and six weeks to construct - and is already proving a hit with young families during the school holidays. The sculpted giant redwood tree was created by wood carver Andy O'Neill using a chain saw - and took ten days to complete.
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24 November 2014

Launch of Pop Up Furniture Factory

An unveiling of the brand new Pop-up Furniture factory for Knowle West attracted crowds of local people when it opened its doors to the public last week. A showcase of new factory equipment - including a laser cutter and CNC router as well a range of recycled furniture made by local people were just some of the attractions. There was also the chance to chat to groups using the building such as Sew Clever and find out about local projects run by KWMC and re:work.
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13 October 2014

Wildfest! 2014

Wildfest 2014 saw hundreds of people once again ambling to the Northern Slopes for a day of free creative and green activities! Lots of smiling people, great food, music and activities enjoyed by all! Thanks to Youth Moves for organising.

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23 July 2014

2 July 2014

Making pizza in Cardiff with kw ingredients

Had a great day making and eating pizza with kw ingredients and talking about collaborative food production and preparation at AHRC connected communities event in Cardiff with the Foodscapes team.

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18 June 2014

Mobile Tattoo Parlour in Knowle West

The Mobile Tattoo Parlour travelled to The Park today with people queuing to have their tattoos photographed for an arts project. The arts project is being run by Knowle West Media Centre - looking at the stories behind the tattoos. They will all be displayed on a website and in an exhibition in September. From first love to Zombie sharks and satanic devil horns to hip-hop band names they have all been recorded for the online Knowle West archive. KWMC Arts assistant programme producer Luke Gregg said: "We have had a lot of tigers and some fantastic artwork. We've already photographed almost 100 tattoos and are looking forward to some more great stories from the community." Kerry Pollard (26) who had a Cleopatra on her arm said: "I just like Egyptian mythology and I have Horus on the back of my arms. I had my first tattoo when I was 15 - but they didn't know my real age and they didn't ask for ID. It's on my stomach of stars and blossams - and I've been having them ever since." The exhibition will be at re:work in Filwood 19 and 20 June and at KWMC on Saturday 21 June. Next week look out for it at Inns Court 24 and 25 June. Visit

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10 June 2014

Get Growing Trail @ Andy's Haven Nursery

Over 65 people came to Andy's Haven Nursery at the Park this weekend. Highlights included the new baby chicks, petting the three goats and feeding the hens. Luckily the rain held off! Here are some of the visitors having a great time. Thanks Andy.
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10 May 2014

29 April 2014

Our new staff room!

Our new and very comfy 'pop-up' staff room has appeared in the main studio at KWMC. It is part of our Health and Wellbeing Charter which looks at all areas in the workplace that have an impact on our wellbeing and aims to improve it. So hopefully we will all be happier and more productive people! :)
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