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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


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!

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

The Greatest Show on Earth: Food Walk and Poetry Trail at Oastler Market, Saturday 20th May

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Food Walk & Poetry Trail @ Oastler Market

Food Walk
Come to the most talked about market in Bradford with Oastler Traders, Wur Bradford & The Sparrow Cafe as your guide. As Bradford City kicks off so does Oastler Market with its first Urban Food Forage, if you’re an experienced foodie or complete newbie this is the food walk for you. Meet the traders who can show you the true secrets within the market and taste the many foods. After the forage we finish at The Sparrow Cafe with a platter of food and a craft beer. The Sparrow Cafe gets all its food produce from the Market throughout the year, this is absolutely FREE but spaces are limited.

Tour highlights:
– Go around the world through taste, get to try food from the small traders of Oastler.
– Discover the ‘Lost Art of Market Shopping.’ How to shop in a market from your Vegman, Fish monger and Butcher
– Look at seasonal and local produce including exotic produce from around the world and how to cook with them
– Meet the ‘Spice Man’ who happens to be the nicest man on earth!
– Hear The History of Butchers in ‘My first words were 2 pound 17 & 6’ by John Smith and see the Butchers Mile

The Tour will last approximately 1 hour, finishing a The Sparrow Cafe. To book contact

Poetry Trail
Poetry has gone MASSIVE! Can you spot the poetry that will be up on Stalls of Oastler on #LoveMarkets day. Wur Bradford & Traders are inviting you to get lost in the world of the market and the words of local artists who will premier their back catalogue of work including
Steve Lunn
Florence Remmer
Kirsty Taylor
Rob Hall
& Many More

The work will be up 11am- 4pm in Oastler Market on the 20th May
Poetry Reading 2pm Fountains Cafe

Poetry Sharing ‘Bring us your poetry!’

Come to the 1970s iconic ‘Fountain Cafe’ for their FIRST ever poetry sharing hosted by Wur Bradford & Poets of the Trail. There will be Tea & Cake at 2pm as artist read their work. Feel free to bring your own poetry to share, swap and talk poetry.

Self Guided Walks.
Can’t make those times! Self guided walks now available. New work from Jean McEwan will provide you with a map to follow so you create your own self guided walk. Pick up at the front entrance.

This event has been brought to you by Wur Bradford in collaboration with Oastler traders Bradford Markets  and The Sparrow Cafe for Love Your Local Market fortnight a campaign celebrating British markets #LYLM2017

Tour De Yorkshire Art on Wheels poster workshops and exhibition

Art on Wheels

Join Wur Bradford in two creative workshops to make your own ‘Art on Wheels’ poster celebrating the Tour De Yorkshire! The posters will be exhibited in Bradford Markets in the weekend running up to the race.

Workshop 1
Tuesday 25th April
at the Wild Woods (the ex Marks and Spencers shop in Darley Street)

Printing With Wheels:
Bring any wheels you have (bicyles, wheelchairs, scooters, prams, toy trucks) for a massive collective printing session with tyres of all kinds to make the background for the posters. We’ll be using water based paint which will wash off, but it might be a bit messy so don’t wear your best clothes!
This workshop is suitable for all. Places are limited to please book, by emailing us Wur Bradford at With thanks to our friends at the Brickbox and East Street Arts for giving us use of the Wild Woods!

Workshop 2
Thursday 27th April
at Wur Bradford art space (stall in Kirkgate Market, opposite Home From Home cafe)
1.30 – 3.30pm

Poster Workshop
Make your own Tour De Yorkshire poster by collaging on top of printed wheel marks (made at Tuesday’s workshop) exploring ideas of movement, energy, action and excitement.All materials are provided but please bring your own collage materials if you would like to.The posters will then be exhibited in Bradford Markets in the weekend running up to the race

This workshop is suitable for all. Places are limited to please book, by emailing us Wur Bradford at

This workshop is supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets.

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The Tour De Yorkshire takes place on Sunday 30th April and passes through Bradford – more information here

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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

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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