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Announcing WE ARE HERE in Oastler Market

Oastler Market pic 2 by Dipak Mistry

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 or drop us an email at

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


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

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Wur Bradford on facebook

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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

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

‘Bridges Not Walls’ Bradford action: planning meeting and banner making sessions


Bradford is joining the Bridges Not Walls national day of action on 20th January the day Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America.
That day, together, people across the UK will drop banners from bridges across the country to send a simple, hopeful and unmistakable message:
” We will build bridges, not walls, to a peaceful and just world, rid of oppression and hatred”
Wur Bradford along  with Racial Justice Network  and other friends are joining to do a Bradford Bridges Not Walls action. We’ll make a banner and drop it from a bridge in Bradford (bridge tbc) on the morning of 20th January.

We invite you to join us to help make this happen! Here’s how you can get involved

  1. Come to an informal alanning meeting, Thursday 12th January 2-3pm at Wur Bradford- a chance to chat and plan how we organise the action – all are welcome, no special skills required just your enthusiasm! (this will be a first for many of us but we will do it and learn together)
  2. Banner making sessions at Wur Bradford on Saturday 14th January 2-4pm, and Thursday 19th January 2-4pm – join us in creating a banner to drop from a Bradford bridge on the 20th January. No specialist skills needed! You can also make your own posters and signs to hold up on the day
  3. Come along to the banner drop on the morning of the 20th January – more details coming soon
  4. Help spread the word via social media – follow our Wur Bradford facebook page for updates


Wur Bradford art space is situated in a stall in Kirkgate Market, above the shopping centre. You can find us at the back of the market -nearest the Westgate entrance, we are opposite Home From Home cafe

Appeal for Christmas gifts for Bradford asylum seeker and refugee children


We are collecting Christmas gifts for Bradford Refugee Action Children and Families Project who are hoping to give away Christmas presents to 250 local asylum seeking and refugee children this Christmas. Bring us a gift for a child  from 0-15 years old and we will pass it on to Bradford Refugee Action Children and Families Project to distribute to families. Games, lego, play-doh, crafty type things, footballs are all good types of gifts  – small and inexpensive is good! But no toy guns or violent games please.



Here’s more about Bradford Refugee Action Children and Families Project  and  their appeal

“All of our families live in Bradford and are and all are asylum seekers or refugees. Refugee and asylum seekers are some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in our society.  Particularly, as people are in the process of waiting for their asylum claim to be determined (which may take between 3 months to many years), they are not allowed to work, are often suffering trauma and under additional considerable stress and have financial restrictions severely limiting what they are able to do.  Many arrive with very little clothing, and no toys for the children to play with.
 Over the last 18 months we have seen a significant increase in newly arrived asylum seekers coming to Bradford. In this last quarter we have worked with 129 families all living in Bradford. For many of these children this will be their first Christmas in England and most of them will be away from extended family or friendship networks.  We will deliver the presents to the families as well as hold a Christmas/Holiday party to celebrate and share this season with the children to help to create some lasting happy memories for them. “

To contribute, drop a gift off to our stall in Kirkgate Market – we are open every Tuesday 12-2pm and Thursday 12-3pm. We are also open Saturday 3rd December between 12-4pm. You can find us opposite Home From Home Cafe, near the Westgate entrance to the market. We will wrap it for you and deliver to Bradford Refugee Action Children and Families Project  in time for Christmas.



Responding to Regression – Time to tool up!

Responding to Regression – Time to tool up!


Saturday 3rd December

12pm – 4pm
WUR Bradford, Kirkgate Market (Above Kirkgate Shopping Centre opposite Home From Home cafe)

In response to the Trumpifcation of America and Brexit we are in need of solidarity and skills to ensure and overcome the regression taking place cross the world.
Bradical collective  together with Wur Bradford would like you to come along to a day of solidarity and action.
We want you to share your thoughts, ideas and turn them in to action.
Share ideas of how to:
• Combat islamophobia
• How do we talk to people, friends and family who align themselves with proponents of hate.
• Responding to macro and micro aggressions in daily life
• Reporting hate crime
• Self-care – y’know, staying sane and avoid getting blue.
We will compile our ideas in to a collective zine which we hope to print on the day so you have copies to take away and share with others afterwards
There will be tea and floor cushions, accompanied by snacks, awesome snacks..’cos its winter and we need this!
All are warmly welcome, children too!


Our banners at The Peace Museum

We are delighted to have donated two banners made at Wur Bradford for last month’s Bradford Says Everyone Stays vigil to The Peace Museum this week to be part of their collection.

Massive thanks to everyone who came to Wur make banners, placards and posters for the event – it was a fantastic collective effort from so many amazing Bradford people, and we are very proud to have been part of it, and to have the banners with the Peace Museum

This Thursday 25th August: #LoveBradford badgemaking and the ‘Lucky Bag’ game

Join us this Thursday any time between 12-3pm when we’ll be doing loads of good stuff
– Make a love themed badge for the upcoming ‪#‎lovebradford‬ upcoming world record attempt in September (more info here


Find out and get involved in our Mapping The Market creative project. Join Dilwar in making a 3D model of Kirkgate Market, and take part in our ‘Lucky Bag Game’ with objects bought from the stall in the market. You’re also invited to peruse our research so far and bring your own ideas to the project as it develops.
As always, everyone is welcome!

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