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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.

POWER UP! Sister Corita Art Party, Thursday 24th November


Thursday 24th November
POWER UP! Sister Corita  Art Party

Wur Bradford arts space, Kirkgate Market (opposite Home From Home cafe)

Sister Corita ( 1918 – 1986) was an American artist, teacher and nun who used words phrases and slogans  from billboards and magazines and mixed them with poetry to make them into bold prints banners and installations which she put into everyday places.
Sister Corita believed that art is for everyone, and that we can take words from advertising and the media and subvert and reclaim them back as our own to say what we want to say.  She encouraged the creativity of everyone she met and her work  challenged the political and religious establishment as well as as revolutionising graphic design long before the days of punk.


On the week of what would have been her 98th birthday on 20th November, we celebrate her joyous inspiring art with a creative session which we’ll create our own slogans representing our own truths and hopes and make these into posters.


Drop in any time between 12 and 3pm for a super friendly and fun session
in which we’ll take inspiration from each other and the stuff around us. We’ll use simple printing techniques along with collage and drawing and anything else we can think of and we’ll explore how we get our art out into the world.

As always, the session is free and open to everyone!

PS. If you can, please bring a non-perishable food donation for our Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank collections box. The foodbank, which is run entirely by volunteers, is struggling to meet the demand and are now regularly giving out more than 950 food parcels each month, which is having a huge impact on their resources.They need the help of as many supporters as possible to help them keep up with this level of demand.

Wur Bradford is supported by Bradford Council, Two28 and Bradford Markets. Our thanks to them for their ongoing support

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!


Mapping the Market with Jean McEwan

Wur Bradford founder, visual artist Jean McEwan has been ‘in residence’ at the Wur Bradford stall in Kirkgate Market over the past few weeks, exploring market stories, histories and communities through research, walking games, mapping activities and conversations with market staff, traders and visitors. Jean is interested in how people experience the unique environment of the market, what people value about the place, and uncovering personal stories and experiences of the people who work and shop there. She is interested in how all of this material could be put together in an artwork, and how a unique ‘guided walk’ could be created from market people and histories.

Wur regulars have been working with Jean, collecting stories and historical research,  interviewing traders and devising maps and walks around the market . The project will be developing over the coming months, and Jean would like to invite you to join her in two open sessions to find out more and to get involved in making it happen

The sessions are

Thursday 11th August  12-3pm (drop in any time)

Wednesday 17th August 12-3pm (drop in any time)

All are welcome!



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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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.