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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
The Triumph of Love is an ambitious new art project by people at Wur Bradford.
Inspired by the creative energy and collective love that has been springing up in our city over the past few months – from the ‘Bradford Says Everyone Stays’ vigil in July which people at Wur created banners, posters and placards for, to the successful #LoveBradford world record attempt which created a chain of 2,331 people making the heart-shaped hand gesture, The Triumph of Love is a statement of intent, hope and imagination.
It is a creative celebration of our love and ambition for Bradford, and will take many forms including artworks, creative interventions, happenings and discussions, which will be popping up around the city over the coming months.
The Triumph of Love will be a truly collective venture – and we invite people to bring ideas and get involved. If you have an idea for something we would love to help you make it happen!
We will be springing up in a variety of spaces and events over the coming weeks and months, including at ‘Reflections’ creative event in Lister Park on 15th October part of the Listers Lantern Parade and also at The Wild Woods Bradford after dark adventure events in Darley Street in October with our friends at Brickbox
To warm us up we will be running some creative workshops at Wur artspace in Kirkgate Market over the next few weeks:
Saturday 24nd September:
The Triumph of Love: Lantern making
Join theatre designer and Wur Bradford artist Uzma Kazi to make special ‘3D light zines’ celebrating DIY Bradford creativity, and featuring Bradford places and people we love. These will become part of our Triumph of Love interactive installation space at the Reflections event and will join the Listers Lantern Parade
Thursday 29th September
The Triumph of Love: Make Your Message
Join Wur volunteer Dilwar and artist Jean McEwan in a collage session to make images containing messages, quotes and inspirations of love and hope. These will become part of our mobile Triumph of Love decorations which we’ll be adding to and taking around the city in the coming months. Bring your own message or stories or take inspiration from ours!
Thursday 13th October
Triumph of Love: The Big Make-In
Join artists Uzma Kazi, Chemaine Cooke and Jean McEwan in a massive love themed make-in session – to create lanterns, banners, decorations and costumes in readiness for our outings to The Wild Woods and Reflections events in October
All the sessions are free and everyone is welcome! Feel free to come for the whole sessions or to drop in. You can find us at the back of Kirkgate Market, opposite Home From Home Cafe
Saturday 15th October
4 – 6.30pm
‘Reflections’ in Lister Park
Join us at the Reflections creative event Lister Park in our specially created Triumph of Love installation space – a place to feel connected, welcomed and creative.
– Get involved in a making light collages with an overhead projector with cutout words and images, transparencies and objects
– Be captured in movement through photography and collage yourself into one of our ‘3D light zines’ along with Bradford places and people and messages to become part of Listers Lantern Parade.
– Come and tell us your own stories about The Triumph of Love
There will also be a host of other creative people, happenings and activities happening, including dance, music and creative workshops , before we all take part in Listers Lantern Parade at 6.30pm.
We look forward to seeing you at the workshops and events! To get in touch with us email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re delighted that dance artist Chemaine Cooke will be taking up residence at the Wur Bradford art stall over the next three weeks. Chemaine has a wealth of experience of working across disciplines with other artists and non artists. She also has worked extensively on participatory art projects in many different contexts in Bradford and beyond, and has been a core member of the Wur Bradford artistic team since May.
Here are some images from her recent residency ‘Gentle’ at Bradford University Gallery ll
During her residency at Wur Bradford, Chemaine will reflect upon the nomadic style of her artistic past, making an installation made from personal objects and items donated by market stall traders, documenting people in the market through movement and photography.
She invites people to come along to open sessions she is hosting in the space over the following three Thursdays ( 1st, 8th and 15th September) any time between 12-3pm to find out what she’s been doing, talk about her work, and to get involved. All are welcome!
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!
After a short break, we are delighted to be back in our stall in Kirkgate Market this week to begin a new Season of Change – events, activities and workshops exploring the changes we want to see locally and globally and and how we can work together creatively to try to make these happen.
We have a few things planned, which include our Bradford Slideshow event on Saturday 9th April looking at images of Bradford past and present( and thinking about what the future could be).
We will also be running some more food growing and foraging based activities with our friends The Plot and Grow Bradford, who we worked with in January, to develop our community map of places in Bradford for abundant wild food and recipes.
We are also plotting the start up of a regular Wur Bradford zine which will be a collective self-published pamphlet featuring a mix of writing and images, interviews, reviews and recipes by Bradford people. We are lucky enough to have a photocopier in the space thanks our friends at HowDo? so it will be made and copied in-house.
As always, what we do is responsive to what people bring to Wur Bradford space, and we are always keen support new ideas and activities – so if you have an idea for an event, a workshop, a discussion, a campaign, or a project you would like to try out, or to see happen in the stall, that relates to the theme of change in some way, then we would love to hear from you.
Come along this Thursday 7th April any time between 12 and 3pm to have a chat to see what we are about and/or get involved, and a have free coffee on us from our lovely friends at Home From Home cafe who are at the stall opposite us.
On Thursday from 1-2pm we will also be hosting a discussion and game with local activist Lily McTaggart on the theme of Trident and it’s planned renewal
“What would YOU spend £100 billion of public money on? Come along and discuss the options, how and why you would make the decision in light of the upcoming question of Trident renewal.”
We look forward to seeing you then!
If you want to get involved by can’t make it down, you can email us at Wurbradford@gmail.com.
All at Wur Bradford
Wur Bradford is an art and social space based in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market, supported by Two28, Bradford Council and Bradford Markets.