Meeting to talk about public art in Knowle West

Main image: The Pavilion at Knowle West Media Centre which was co-designed and built by local residents.

With so much housing and other developments happening in Knowle West – what is the potential for public art in the neighbourhood? 

People living and working in the area are being invited to a meeting by Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) on 22 April to talk about public art in the community – and create the approach they would like to see there.

Discussions will take place around what we mean by public art; which can include community-led events, permanent installations and co-designed public seating.

Public art installation (and above): The Pavilion being constructed last year. Image Ibolya Feher.

These can have a wide range of aims – from telling the story of Knowle West and welcoming new residents to imagining the future and encouraging play or more use of green spaces.

Knowle West is unique as a neighbourhood in that it already has a Public Art Strategy.

However, this was written in 2011 and KWMC feels this is a good time to refresh it – to make sure the strategy is useful and grown from what the community wants.

This meeting will be the start of a conversation and will also include a presentation from Bristol City Council Arts Development team, which will be lending its support to the work.

There will be space for six people to attend on 22 April from 10 – 11.30am outside Knowle West Media Centre on Leinster Avenue (weather dependant) and others can join on Zoom. 

If you would like to come along, please RSVP to: Martha.king@kwmc.org.uk and state whether you would like to come to KWMC or join virtually. 

The session will be followed up by another meeting to take ideas further, on 29 April from 10-11.30am – but this can be changed if needed to a time that works for most attendees.