Category Archives: food

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!

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

greatestshowfinal‘The Greatest Show on Earth’

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

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.

End of Year Party!

Wur Bradford End of Year Party


Thursday 22nd December
Wur Bradford artspace
Kirkgate Market (Opposite Home From Home Cafe)
Above Kirkgate Shopping Centre

Join us at Wur Bradford to mark the end of the year and to celebrate the festive season with art, music, market treats and seasonal fun, frolics and friendliness



– Our specially made ‘Market Shrine’ – a  celebration of the amazing people and stalls in Bradford Markets,  containing traders in miniature and objects collected from the markets

 – Acoustic live music and singalong with Rob, Clive and others (including a rendition of You Can’t Always Get What You Want and more)

 – Tarot readings with Graham

 – Family friendly creative activities

 – Mini art exhibition: see some of the we have created this year! From zines to wall drawings to posters to cardboard box art

 – Festive food nibbles gathered from Oastler and Kirkgate Markets stalls, from savoury to sweet treats

 – Decorations made by Julie

Plus more surprises!

All are welcome! Bring your loved ones! Drop in any time between 12-3pm
If you can , please bring us a non perishable food donation for our Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank donations

Heartfelt thanks to our supporters Two28, Bradford Council and Bradford Markets this year – without you we couldn’t have had the amazingly creative and productive year we have had!

Food fermentation workshop Thursday 12th May

Come and join us for some  creative adventures with food fermentation


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Kirkgate Market (above Kirkgate Shopping Centre, opposite Home Ffom Home cafe)
Thursday 12th May


Our friends Charlie and Emma  at Plenty would like to invite people to a food fermentation session.
Fermented foods are chock-full of probiotics or good bacteria.  There has been lots of research showing how the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut forms the foundation for physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Examples of fermented foods are

•    Kefir ( a fermented milk product that tastes like a drinkable yogurt)
•    Kombucha.
•    Sauerkraut
•    Pickles
•    Miso.
•    Tempeh.
•    Natto.
•    Kimchi.

Emma and Charlie will do a demo, bring samples for people to try, and talk about the health benefits & history of fermented food. You can also have a go at making your own fermented food (bring a jar or container). You are welcome to bring your own food and recipes too!

If you can please bring a non-perishable food item to our donations box for Bradford Metrop0litan Foodbank, who do an amazing job of providing food parcels to organisations working with vulnerable people in need of food in our district

More about Plenty:
“We are a community business, tackling  food waste through preserving.We work with Bradford Council’s Markets Service to capture surplus produce from St James Wholesale Market alongside local growers.  Quite often this produce cannot be sold because it is very ripe or mis-shapen, but it is brilliant for preserving as jams, chutneys and other products. We combine this surplus produce with a dash of local ingenuity and culture and create a truly unique preserve range.  Recipes are designed around seasonality, local cultures and flavour and are a community collaboration.We strongly believe in sustainable food systems and that we should make the best of what we have.”

Wur Bradford is an art and social space exploring how we can make our city better through creativity and collective action. The project is supported by Bradford Council, Bradford Markets and Two28

Talking food and community

WP_20160421_002WP_20160421_005WP_20160421_006WP_20160421_007WP_20160421_008WP_20160421_010An inspiring session at Wur Bradford today with artist Josie Tothill leading a lovely informal conversation session on food and community. A bunch of us sat together, passing around  fruit bought from Soli’s stall in Oastler Market up the road and sharing our stories, recipes, histories and traditions, from Bradford to Scotland to Afghanistan. We talked about many things  – including different kinds of rice (thanks Siar for enlightening us) what our Nanas used to make us when we were little, our favourite dishes, food poverty in Bradford and how we tackle it, local growing and cafe initiatives aimed at empowering people, and the fact that school dinners started in Bradford – thanks to the amazing Margaret McMillan.

Everyone had so much to say and there is so much more we could share and learn around this topic.. this has given us lots to think about.

Thanks to Josie and to everyone who came to share, it was brilliant. Come back next Thursday any time between 12 and 3pm to get a copy of the zine Josie will be putting together from.the day’s conversations, and to share some more conversation and FOOD!