Author Archives: Jean McEwan

About Jean McEwan

Visual artist, based near Bradford, UK

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!



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.

Wur Bradford Useful Art Party, Thursday 24th August

Wur Bradford art space, Kirkgate Market (above the shopping centre), opposite Home From Home Cafe

Thursday 24th August


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Can/should art be useful? Should it fix or repair problems or issues?
Which ones?
What does useful art look like? What would you think of as a ‘useful’ art project?
What could a ‘useful’ art project be, here and now, where you are?


Join us at Wur Bradford for a Useful Art Party to come up ideas for ‘useful art’ projects. Bring along your ideas and generate more ideas with others with old skool party fun, games, activities and food.

We will vote on the best ones which we will take forward to a ‘Useful art Working Party’ on Thursday 31st August to make into proposals for projects, which will become part of the upcoming ‘ Full Scale’ exhibition at Gallery ll, University of Bradford, opening on September 21st.
‘The exhibition will open discussion about art as a tool for social change, the relationship between artists and audiences, and art’s place in a rapidly changing world. What is gained from exhibiting such projects together in a gallery as art? How might they be applied, activated or used otherwise? What would you like to see fixed or improved, and how could art help you to do that? As well as an exhibition space the gallery will be a space in which to collectively address such questions. A parallel programme of events, workshops and talks will be announced.’

Free! All are welcome!

Bookbinding workshop with Deb Eck, Thursday 10th August

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We are delighted to welcome U.S based book artist Deb Eck to Wur Bradford to run a very special bookbinding workshop with us.

Deb is an internationally exhibited book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text and thread. She is most well known in the book arts community for her translations of historic embroidery designs into functional binding designs. Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in upstate New York for over 20 years. Eck received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK). She teaches as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College and Fredonia State University, and for many other arts and cultural organizations.
She has been the recipient of many grants and awards; most recently she was named the Distinguished Artist for 2017 by Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

About the workshop

This workshop will cover a series of one, two and three signature bindings, perfect for zine makers, poets and others wanting to make/publish small books. Each technique builds on the one before, to make increasingly complex bindings that can be used on paper or leather covers. The workshop is suitable for those with no previous book binding experience, but experienced binders may find some new ways to approach the simple pamphlet.

Materials are provided, though please feel free to bring anything you would like to use.
The workshop will run from 1pm till 3pm, but please feel free to come at our usual opening time of 12pm, for conversation and a cuppa beforehand. You can find us in Kirkgate Market (above the shopping Centre) opposite Home From Home Cafe.

The workshop is free but we have limited places. Please email us to book your place.

Wur Bradford summer opening times


Our opening times are changing over the summer

We will be closed on Thursday 27th July  and Thursday 3rd August

(you can catch up with us at Bradford Festival 29th and 30th July where we will be doing a printing collage and movement workshop (more info here )

We then have a special bookmaking workshop with U.S based book artist Debra Eck on Thursday 10th August – more details to follow

We are closed on Thursday 17th August

On Thursday 24th August and Thursday 31st August we are running two special workshops  exploring ‘Useful Art’ which are part of an upcoming exhibition programme we are involved in with University of Bradford Arts on Campus Gallery ll

Look forward to seeing you at some of the sessions – all sessions are free and are welcome

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Young people, join us tonight at Rebooted art space to contribute your ideas and creativity to a Bradford campaign against sexual harassment – and help us design the campaign and decide the slogan.
Workshop 6-8.30pm, informal, hands on and fun, all welcome!

Solidarity and organising session with EU citizens, Thursday 6th July

jeanmcewan brexitThis Thursday 6th July as well as our usual drop in session of open creativity and conversation,at our space in Kirkgate Market, we’ll also be hosting a sharing/ideas/organising session with our friend and Wur Bradford supporter Vie Clerk Lusandu on the many challenges faced by EU nationals at this time
Vie says
“Following Theresa May’ s ambiguous and chaotic s proposal for EU citizens s rights post Brexit, we feel it is important to meet firstly for a safe space to explore how we feel and secondly to start exploring ideas on how to organise ourselves locally. Everyone welcome – Europeans and supporters ! Join us between 12 and 2.30pm”


Vie will also read her own testimony published ‘In Limbo: Brexit Testimonies From EU Citizens un the UK‘ – a ‘ powerful and moving collection of testimonies by EU citizens in the UK affected by Brexit’ – available to buy here
Come along and find out more about the challenges EU citizens are facing and get involved in building solidarity and support in Bradford!

Drop in any time between 12 – 2.30pm or come for the whole session – all are welcome!

You can find us at the back of Kirkgate Market (above the shopping centre) opposite Home From Home cafe