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What is Wur Bradford?

What is Wur Bradford?

Wur Bradford is a grassroots arts project which is about exploring how we can make our city and our world better through imagination and collective action.  Run by artists Jean McEwan, Chemaine Cooke and  Uzma Kazi),  Wur work with people  to explore how creativity might be used to make positive change within ourselves as well as our communities.
Our activities are people-led and include workshops, events, campaigns and discussions. We have run regular weekly sessions in a stall in Kirkgate Market for 2 and a half years from 2015 – 2017,  and we also work in  public spaces and venues throughout the city. We regularly work in partnership with and for other organisations around Bradford and have done projects for Bradford Council, Impressions Gallery, South Square Gallery, The Brick Box, and University of Bradford.

We are currently working on a project in Oastler Market called WE ARE HERE, celebrating it’s unique history, communities and stories. We will be working with market traders, members of the public and BCB community radio to tell the stories of the Market and its people through guided walks, printed ‘zines and sound. The project will culminate in a free two day event ‘We Are Here Party in the Market’ in April, featuring a BCB radio broadcast, alongside poetry readings, live music, art exhibition and print goodies. There will also be an exhibition of the project at Kala Sangam arts centre from April to June. More information announced soon!

We are also currently doing a year long action research project, also in Bradford; ‘Power Up Creative Resistance’, exploring creative responses to recent social and political shifts, in collaboration with University of Bradford’s Peace Studies ‘Thinkspace’ groups, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Wur Bradford is a project for people to get creative, share stories and ideas, and connect with others. To get an idea of the project, some of the people who have been involved with us, and some of the activities we have done, you can watch a short video about Wur Bradford, made in late 2015 here or watch the slideshow below of that show some of our activities over the last 2 years.. we have done everything from creative  workshops  to bannermaking to art parties to self publishing fairs to helping to organise actions and vigils.

We are always looking to connect with more people – so get in touch if you would like to work with us.

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We are also running Power Up Creative Resistance, an action research project documenting and creating artistic responses, opening up space to dialogue, re-think, and find alternative ways to go about changing our changing world whatever this means to us, from our point of view. The project, supported by CommUNIty Thinkspace group at  University of Bradford  and Joseph Rowntree Foundation,  will be running throughout 2017. If you would like to get involved with Power Up, drop us an email at powerupcreativeresistance@gmail.com

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If you would like to get in touch we would love to hear from you – come visit us or email us wurbradford@gmail.com

Wur Bradford has been made possible by Two28, Bradford Markets and Bradford Council. Grateful thanks their support.

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We Are Here call out for volunteers

Volunteers wanted for ‘We Are Here’ events at Oastler Market with Wur Bradford & BCB Radio.
A celebration of the people, stories and communities of Oastler (John St) Market

Saturday 21st April and Saturday 28th April 12 – 4pm Oastler Market
Wur Bradford, in collaboration with Oastler Market traders and BCB radio, are hosting an event and are recruiting volunteers to help with the smooth running of the day. The programme includes an exhibition, music, poetry, guided walks, art trail and a special BCB Radio broadcast.The event is free and will have a celebratory, family friendly feel to it. Joining the event team will be a fun way to be part of this large scale event and a great opportunity to celebrate this vibrant, unique market and its diverse communities.

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Volunteer roles include:
· Welcoming visitors to the Market
· Stewarding for the guided walks
· Site decoration before the event
· Directing visitors to different performances/spaces/happenings within the event
· Staffing the event space hub during the event, including collecting visitor responses and feedback on the event
· Distributing event give-aways (zine, guides)

· Help with set up and pack down of equipment, tech etc.
· And generally having a positive presence at the event and helping and informing visitors where needed.

Volunteers are requred 10am – 5pm.
You will get a break in this time and you will also be able to experience the event yourself.

If you are not able to be with us all day, please get in touch with your availability. We are really grateful for the gift of your time and energy.

We can provide up to £5 to reimburse travel costs and there will be refreshments provided.

If you are interested in taking part, or have any questions please contact

May McQuade
maymcquade@hotmail.com
07599684902

 

We Are Here walk, Oastler Market, Saturday 17th March

Oastler Market pic 2 by Dipak Mistry

Come along to our last walk before our April events at the wonderful Oastler Market.

We will tread old market paths an hear tales of journeys, foods and personal histories from the mouths of the traders.
Meet us at Fountains Cafe at 3pm, situated at the front entrance of the Oastler Centre – free, all are welcome!

This event is 1 hour long.

This is the third of a series of guided walks, part of WE ARE HERE, a a new Wur Bradford project in the city’s Oastler Market celebrating it’s unique history, communities and stories. Chemaine and Jean will working with market traders, members of the public and BCB community radio over the coming months to tell the stories of the Market and its people through guided walks, printed ‘zines and sound. The project will culminate in a free two day event ‘We Are Here’ events on 21st and 28th April, featuring a BCB radio broadcast, alongside poetry readings, live music, art exhibition and print goodies. There will also be an exhibition of the project at Kala Sangam arts centre opening on 19th April.


Oastler Market image by Dipak Mistry

If you have an story or memory of Oastler (john street) Market we’d love to hear it! Send it to us at Wurbradford@gmail.com or there will be opportunity to speak to Chemaine and Jean after the walk.

WE ARE HERE is supported by Arts Council England, Bradford Council, Bradford Markets and University of Bradford

We Are Here events in Oastler Market

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WE ARE HERE is a project by Wur Bradford in the city’s Oastler Market celebrating it’s unique history, communities and stories. Wur Bradford artists Chemaine Cooke and Jean McEwan are working with market traders, members of the public and BCB community radio to tell the stories of the Market and its people through guided walks, printed ‘zines and sound.

The project will culminate in two free ‘We Are Here’ celebration events’ on 21st and 28th April, featuring a BCB radio broadcast, alongside poetry readings, live music, art exhibition and print goodies. There will also be an exhibition of the project at Kala Sangam arts centre opening on 19th April and running to 29th June.

Interested in the project and want to know more or get involved? Got stories or memories about Oastler you want to share? Chemaine and Jean would love to hear from you. You can get in touch with us via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wurbradford or drop us an email at wurbradford@gmail.com

 

 

WE ARE HERE lunchtime art walk at Oastler Market: Thursday 8th February 2018

WE ARE HERE lunchtime Art Walk, Oastler Market, John Street, Bradford

Thursday 8th February 1-2pm

Oastler Market image by Dipak Mistry

photo by Dipak Mistry

Come and see, walk, wander and explore Oastler Market with Wur Bradford artists Chemaine Cooke & Jean McEwan who will guide you in the Art of Walking.

We’ll tread old market paths to create new experiences, get lost on purpose to make new discoveries and find hidden histories and collect goody bags with market gems along the way.

This is the first of a series of guided walks, part of WE ARE HERE, a a new Wur Bradford project in the city’s Oastler Market celebrating it’s unique history, communities and stories. Chemaine and Jean will working with market traders, members of the public and BCB community radio over the coming months to tell the stories of the Market and its people through guided walks, printed ‘zines and sound. The project will culminate in a free two day event ‘We Are Here Party in the Market’ on 21st and 28th April, featuring a BCB radio broadcast, alongside poetry readings, live music, art exhibition and print goodies. There will also be an exhibition of the project at Kala Sangam arts centre from April to June

There will be opportunity to chat to the artists and market traders about the project and to contribute to the project through collective art-making together.

This event is 1 hour long, designed to fit in your lunch hour.

Meet us at Fountains Cafe at 1pm, situated at the front entrance of the Oastler Centre on John Street

If you have an story or memory of Oastler (john street) Market we’d love to hear it! Send it to us at Wurbradford@gmail.com or there will be opportunity to speak to Chemaine and Jean after the walk at 2pm.

WE ARE HERE is supported by Arts Council England, Bradford Council, Bradford Markets and University of Bradford


Photo credit event image: Dipak Mistry

Announcing WE ARE HERE in Oastler Market

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Oastler Market photo by Dipak Mistry

We are delighted to announce WE ARE HERE, a new project in the city’s Oastler Market celebrating it’s unique history, communities and stories. Wur Bradford artists Chemaine Cooke and Jean McEwan will be working with market traders, members of the public and BCB community radio  to tell the stories of the Market and its people through guided walks, printed ‘zines and sound. The project will culminate in a free two day event ‘We Are Here Party in the Market’ in April, featuring a BCB radio broadcast, alongside poetry readings, live music, art exhibition and print goodies. There will also be an exhibition of the project at Kala Sangam arts centre from April to June.

Interested in the project and want to know more or get involved? Got stories or memories about Oastler you want to share? Chemaine and Jean would love to hear from you. You can get in touch with us via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wurbradford or drop us an email at wurbradford@gmail.com

We’ll be announcing details of our first guided walks very soon – watch this space!

WE ARE HERE is supported by Arts Council England, Bradford Council, Bradford Markets and University of Bradford

Utopia News: Saturday 11th November

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Come and join us to tell the alternative news!Our Power Up Creative Resistance project invites you to join us in an afternoon of creative play, make and action animation!

There will be light refreshments and humour on this fine Saturday afternoon!

Saturday 11th Nov, 3pm – 5pm, Wur Bradford art stall, Kirkgate Market (Opposite Home From Home Cafe,near the Westgate entrance)

If you have a piece of alternative news you would like to share, get in touch with Uzma at Power Up/Wur Bradford.Thank you!

Dong….!

Important announcement about our Thursday sessions

Due to our current community funding coming to an end, Wur Bradford regular Thursday sessions will not be running for the time being. We have had 2 and a half years of funding from the fantastic Two28 and this has now come to an end.
We are exploring ways we can continue with our wonderful regulars and also other sources of possible funding but this may take some time.
Wur Bradford continues to be active and involved in lots of creative projects events and collaborations throughout the city- so we are not going anywhere and there are still lots of ways to get involved and do stuff with us.
Please bear with us while we work things out with our regular team and do get in touch if you would like to support or get involved.
Events coming up:
 
Poetry at Fountains Cafe
Sat 4th November
3pm – 4pm
Fountains Café, 17 John Street
Future Bradford – Revolution Bradford
(Collaboration with Freedom Studios and Playbox)
Tues 7th – Fri 10th November
11am – 4pm
in City Park, Bradford
Utopia News: A Telling of the alternative news
Power Up: Creative Resistance
Wur Bradford art space, Kirkgate Market
Sat 11th November
3pm – 5pm
We hope you can join us at these events! Hope to see you soon!
Thank you to everyone who has attended and taken part in the creative goin-on’s at Wur Bradford.