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25 July 2014

Via group KWMC

I'm Staying last few days to vote

This is the artwork at the Arnolfini that would look great in Knowle West but it needs you (your friends and everyone you know!) to vote for it. Go to bristolbiennial.co.uk/vote.html

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18 June 2014

Via group KWMC

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 www.knowlewesttattoos.org.uk

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4 June 2014

Minister for Culture the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid says he wants more people to enjoy the arts.

And so do we at KWMC. Today I was invited to a round table discussion with the new(ish) Minister for Culture, Media and Sports. He said he wanted many more people to benefit from and enjoy the arts. I said that I believed that it was important for the arts to be relevant too, and be enjoyed in communities where people live, go to school, and socialise - not just in the City Centre or more affluent places in the country. The Minister said he wanted all young people to have access to playing an instrument, enjoy a play or make art . It was a really interesting discussion attended by representatives from the Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, Donmar Theatre, Liverpool Biennial, and the Emma Stenning from Bristol Old Vic. Together Emma and I made a plea for more support for arts orgs. working to include communities and remove barriers to ensure as many people as possible really value and participate in the arts. In particular I'm interested in how we ensure more young people from South Bristol and under represented groups are supported to gain good jobs in the growing cultural and creative industries.The Minister is coming to Bristol on Friday to make a speech about what he's gogin to do, so lets hope he confirms his commitment to the regions (and Bristol and the SWest in particular!) and a more inclusive cultural sector.

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