- What do you wish for?
- Where are the stars?
- Contact us
- Share your work
- Who are the artists involved
What do you wish for?
Look out for the Knowle West Wishing Stars this spring.
Each one links to things to do at home and around Knowle West with lots of ways for you to get involved.
Knowle West Wishes is a creative project made by and for Knowle Westers that focuses on hopes and dreams for the future.
Each of the wishing stars has a different positive theme, such as love and luck to lift spirits and improve wellbeing in these difficult locked down times.
Find the stars!
Each theme has a decorated wishing star for you to find somewhere in Knowle West.
Look for stars in shop windows and other public places. The wishing stars link up to content on the Knowle West website – including interactive walking trails, activities for the community to make and display in their windows and connections to seasonal celebrations like Valentines Day and Easter.
So all activities are accessible to people who cannot leave their homes as well as those who want to go on adventure to find the stars.
Wishes of Love
Wishes of Kindness
The website will also promote local groups so if you have something you’d like to share then do get in touch by email email@example.com
Share your work
Follow the @KnowleWestWish Twitter Bot that is tweeting out phrases and pictures with a Knowle West Twist.
Tag your work with #KnowleWestWishes so we can see how you have joined in.
The project is led by artist Lisa Cole and includes work and activities made by Knowle West artists Megan Clark-Bagnall, Claudia Collins, Julian Wood and others from the local community. Funded by Filwood Fantastic via Creative Civic Change and Imagination Funding from Bristol City Council.
Lisa is an accomplished and multi skilled designer/maker who prefers to work in collaboration with other artists and agencies. Recent projects include the 12 Stars of Knowle West Xmas, a dementia engagement ArtBox with Bristol City Museums, a campaign to reduce litter on a major Bristol street and workshops for IKEA based around sustainability. She has a long history of working with communities on art based projects and strongly believes that creativity can bring happiness and hope.
One of her day jobs is as a graphic and website designer but she also teaches design and curates a tiny gallery which she has just written about in the Tiny Art Gallery Manual. Lisa is a prolific blogger and author who writes about ethical and sustainable living on a budget at www.less-stuff.co.uk and www.less-waste.co.uk.
Lisa is an associate artist of Bricks Bristol and a member of KWMC The Factory.
Claudia lives and works in Knowle West. She studied Creative Arts Therapies Studies and Art, whilst studying she found out she was Dyslexic which inspired her to create Brislexic – a playful celebration of the strengths that people with dyslexia have.
Last summer with the help of the Filwood Fantastic and the Knowle West Alliance she began the Knowle West Beaches project which spread sunshine around the streets during the start of the pandemic. She helped Meg with the Filwood Fantastic Golf Club as Claudia the Caddie and you may have seen her cycling as a bunch of Grapes for her Gram-o-Gram or at Christmas as the Reading Reindeer with Santa. And the latest of Claudia’s dressing up escapades is the carrot! You may spot Claudia the carrot soon, especially when the Grow Star is released 🥕🥕🥕🥕
Grapeogram Twitter – bristol2bristol
Megan has been making fun/ny projects with people for the past 15 years. Her favourite thing about living in Knowle West is the spectacular views and the rich community spirit.
Megan celebrates the good and the excellent in human nature to create sincerely feel good art. Megan doesn’t make very serious art, but she is very serious about making art. She enjoys smashing together mainstream culture and the art world to create striking large- scale art installations, performances that tell stories and immersive events that everyone is invited to take part in.
Her playful projects tend to be questioning, queer, fun, humorous, bitter-sweet and surprisingly sobering at times. Her work is often dressed up in Fruit Salad chew colours; pink and yellow. Megan is also known as :
- Meg from Make With Meg
- Bingo Meg from Carboot Disco Bingo
- The lady who visited every Little Chef before they closed down.
Megan is an associate artist with BRICKS BRISTOL, Theatre Orchard, Terrestrial & Knowle West Media Centre FACTORY. Make With Meg is a YouTube channel from the artist Megan Clark-Bagnall. It is designed for an intergeneration audience, packed full of crafty tips & top tricks that mirror themes in her large scale art projects to help U DO U!
Instagram: @ClarkBagnall @MakeWithMeg
Julian Wood is The Art of Kindness! The project aims to increase the amount of kindness and love we share with each other, mainly through loving messages. I believe passionately that we ALL have equal value and that we are all incredible! I’ve run the project since 2010, and now it’s really hitting a chord with people. For more information, please visit http://theartkindness.org.uk/ or my social media accounts @theartkindness . Do get in touch if you’d like to help, or receive some kindness!