KWMC is an arts centre and charity and based in South Bristol – on the Knowle West estate – since 1996.
Since those early days, their work has centred on working collaboratively with people from different backgrounds to develop new and creative models for achieving positive social change – and supporting people to develop the skills and confidence to be change-makers themselves.
Their current projects include skills training and employment opportunities for young people, supporting community organisations across Bristol in their work, and a diverse range of creative programmes exploring issues from housing to health.
KWMC also operate The Factory, an award-winning making and training space based at Filwood Green Business Park. The Factory provides access to new digital manufacturing technologies (such as CNC routers and laser cutters), offers product design and prototyping services for clients, and delivers a range of free training courses.
Web design course: From Her Digital
KWMC’s creative agency Eight ran a short course in web design and development between May and July 2019: From Her Digital was open to women aged 18+ who are new to the digital industry.
The programme follows previous ‘From Her’ programmes at KWMC which have supported women to increase their skills and confidence in a range of digital media disciplines including music production, filmmaking and photography.
Over 10 weeks, From Her Digital provided participants with a solid grounding in tools, techniques and software for web design, development and digital media production.
Digital manufacturing programme: Making It
KWMC: The Factory’s Making It programme provided an introduction to the tools, techniques and careers associated with digital manufacturing. Through practical sessions, participants learned a range of skills including how to use digital design software and follow a design process, operate machinery including laser cutters and 3D printers, and design for materials such as wood, fabric, acrylic and card.
Making It ran from May to July 2019 and included training sessions in 2D and 3D design, one-to-one mentoring, and supported sessions where participants were able to experiment, prototype and test ideas for their own project. They also had the opportunity to present what they’d made to potential industry employers at a showcase event, and access specialist masterclasses in topics ranging from Wearable Technology to Virtual Reality.
Read feedback and see photos from the Making It showcase: https://kwmc.org.uk/makingitshowcase/