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Sue Mackinnon

Sue Mackinnon


Media Projects and Engagement Co-ordinator at KWMC. Journalist with an interest in environmental and health issues and working within the heart of communities.

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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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8 July 2015

Shaun the Sheep at Broadwalk

If you want to see a Shaun the Sheep, the closest one to Knowle West is in Broadwalk Shopping Centre. "Frank" has been designed by the Royal Mail - and is covered in different coloured postage stamps. He's attracting shoppers throughout the day and happy to pose for photos. Frank is one of a flock of 70 sculptures placed all round Bristol for the Shaun in the City charity arts trail - which runs from 6 July to 31 August.
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2 March 2015

Fitting tribute to celebrate the life of George Gallop

A display of his photographs, Frank Sinatra and harp music provided a fitting tribute to Bristol photographer George Gallop at Knowle West Media Centre - who sadly died last month at the age of 85. George who grew up in Tavistock Road, Knowle West, left a lasting legacy of 10,000 photographs, including many celebrities and royals - from Muhammad Ali to Princess Diana. They can be viewed on Flickr/George Gallop.
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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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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 www.knowlewesttattoos.org.uk

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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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