Category Archives: Collage

Paper bags and poetry


Come and get involved on our new Paper Bags and Poetry project at Wur Bradford this Thursday 13th April!
We are creating images on paper bags and then finding or writing poems inside each bag which responding to each image
We’ll be displaying the bags we have made at the final Wild Woods party at the old Marks  and Spencer this Saturday  4-9pm – event details here!.  This will be a very special event, not to be missed, by the amazing Brickbox – we are delighted to be part if it.

Drop in any time on Thursday between 12-3pm to the Wur Bradford art space to make your own paper bag  – We are in Kirkgate Market, the stall opposite Home From Home Cafe.

Bring a poem/poetry books for inspiration or have a look through ours. All are welcome, including small people!


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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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.

Triumph of Love: ‘The Big Make In’ creative workshop, Thursday 13th October


Thursday 13th October
Triumph of Love: The Big Make-In

At Wur Bradford artspace, Kirkgate Market (opposite Home From Home cafe)
Join artists Uzma Kazi, Chemaine Cooke and Jean McEwan in a massive love themed make-in session – to create lanterns, collages and decorations in readiness for Wur Bradford Triumph of Love installation at the Reflections event in Lister Park  on 15th  October, where we will be hosting a marquee inviting people to make overhead projector collages, and 3D light zines celebrating Bradford people places and stories.

All are welcome to come and join us at the workshop and at Reflections.


Reflections is family event in Lister Park on Saturday, 15 October,  created by local artists , arts organisations, community groups and Bradford Council’s Cultural Services,involving
lantern making workshops, mask making and other workshops, performances, street theatre, live music and much more. It’s free and everyone is welcome!
The event starts at 12pm and we’ll be there from 4pm. The day will culminate in Lister’s Lantern Parade which starts at 6.45pm

More event information here

Thursday 28th July: inspiration exchanges, poster making and mapping the market

Join us tomorrow any time between 12-3pm for

– Poster making on the theme of love
– Inspiration Exchange: swap a story or object representing something that’s inspired you with others
– Contribute a story,memory or image to our new ‘Mapping The Market’ project exploring the history and people of Kirkgate Market and find out what we’ve discovered in our research so far

ALL ARE WELCOME! And child friendly

You can find us at the back of Kirkgate Market, above the shopping centre


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Fears In The Fight: using the arts to share and survive

A workshop with Wur friend and regular contributor, artist and activist Josie Tothill

Thursday 7th July


Free, all welcome!

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Things are dark and I often don’t feel well. Using art to communicate things that are difficult to say is a way of seeking solidarity in our city.
We will be doing collaborative collage making responding to the question

What are your doubts in struggles for progress?

Then responding as a group to answers that come up. And maybe by the end of it we’ll have ourselves a pretty decent zine and a new perspective.
Hope to see you there :)”

Zines about community and welcome


We’ve been busy over the last couple of weeks making collective zines together.Here are some images of our ‘Welcome’ zine which we put together for the Bradford Refugee Festival exhibition which happened this week in a popup shop in John Street.

The zine explored different ideas, thoughts, and experiences on the theme of ‘Welcome’ from members and friends of Wur, expressed in writing, drawings and collage. We are distributing around Bradford as we feel that being welcoming is something that is really important right now. Let us know if you would like a copy, or better still visit us at the stall to get one – we are open every Thursday 12-3pm.


This week we worked on a zine on the theme of ‘Community’ which is being specially made for the Printing Communities event at South Square on Friday 1st July

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On the very heightened day of the EU referendum when feelings were running strong and people were feeling anxious, worried, upset, angry –   it felt really good to come together and make pages together about our various experiences of our different communities – and to remind ourselves, in the words of the late Jo Cox  MP who was tragically murdered last week, that
“We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than the things that divide us”



If you would like to contribute to our ‘Community’ zine, there’s still time! You don’t have to be from or based in Bradford. We welcome words, images or a combination of both- responding to any aspect, ideas or experiences of ‘Community’. Contributions could take the form of fiction, poetry, personal experiences or stories, drawing, photography, comic or collage. Contributions can be a few lines, or a few pages. You can contribute anonymously if you like.
The zine will be A5 portrait format (|14.8cm by 21cm) , and will be photocopied in black and white. If you are sending image files please send them in black and white. You can send your contribution either as a text document if you are sending words or as a jpeg if you want to send us an image or a page.

You can either email your contribution to or post to 63 Nelson Street, Cross Roads, Keighley BD22 9EA to reach us by Wednesday 29th June.

All contributors will receive a free copy of the zine.



Instant book workshop at Bradford Refugee Festival, Saturday 4th June

We are delighted to be taking part in Bradford Refugee Festival on Saturday 4th June at Bradford University. Bradford Refugee Week 2016.jpg

This is a free festival with food, poetry, music, workshops, football tournaments and plenty of stalls to keep the whole family entertained!
Other workshops include: Free Massages, Knitting Choir, Healthy Eating & Gardening, Mehndi & Face Painting, First Aid, Art for Children, Drumming, Tea & Tolerance and Crafts

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As part of the celebrations Wur Bradford will be running a drop in creative workshop showing people how to make ‘instant books’  (sometimes also called ‘zines’ – handmade, self published magazines). An instant book  a simple booklet made  from one sheet of paper , and we will be using simple collage, drawing, and printing techniques, showing people how to create  their own story, or message to the world. Here are some examples people have made in other workshops.


Come and join us anytime between 10am and 3pm – it’s free , suitable for all ages and abilities and all are warmly welcomed!

For more information about other Refugee Week events in Bradford, visit