Wur Bradford (Wur means ‘we are’ or ‘our’ is an independent 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 empower us and connect us.
Our activities are led by the people who we work with, and have included a wide range of things from workshops, events, projects, campaigns and discussions. We ran 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 Bradford and have done projects in collaboration with Bradford Council, Impressions Gallery, South Square Gallery, The Brick Box, University of Bradford, Bradford Civic Society, Purple Patch Arts to name but a few.
In 2017 we also ran a year long action research project ‘Power Up Creative Resistance’, exploring creative responses to social and political shifts, in collaboration with University of Bradford’s Peace Studies ‘Thinkspace’ groups, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
In 2018 we ran a project in Oastler Market called WE ARE HERE, which was celebrating it’s unique history, communities and stories, 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. We shared this work at an exhibition at arts space Kala Sangam after the project.
To get an idea of some of the things we have done ( everything from creative workshops to bannermaking to art parties to zine-making , self publishing fairs and guided walks) watch the slideshow below, and you can also watch a short video about Wur Bradford, made in late 2015 here at our space in Kirkgate Market.
We are currently looking at how how we can put our respond best to the challenging times we are living in. A new website is coming soon, which we will be updating soon with our plans. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and each other, and stay safe.
Jean, Uzma and Chemaine, July 2020
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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 email@example.com
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.
We are having a short break over March as we plan for a new season of creative workshops and events starting in April. We are delighted to be keeping going, many thanks to our funders Two28 and Bradford Council and to the wonderful ongoing support we have from the lovely folk at Bradford Markets.
Our next event will be Wur Bradford Slideshow, organised by Wur regular Rob in collaboration with the Wur team. We did a slideshow event last October where we invited people to bring and project their photographic slides. We thought it would be great to do another similar event with a BRADFORD theme – so we are now inviting people to bring along any photographic slides they may have of the city, past or present, to show and share as part of a crowdsourced slideshow of the city.
If you have any slides you would like to show, all you need to do is bring them along on the day – the event will run from 12pm til 3pm.
We look forward to seeing you then!
If you would like to get in touch with us before then, you can email us at Wurbradford@gmail.com.
Women Make Zines: Tell Your Story!
4 week course at Wur Bradford in Kirkgate Market opposite the Home from Home Cafe.
Saturday 6, 13, 20 & 27 February, course fee £25/£20 conc.
Come and play in a safe exciting space, working towards making your own zine for the International Women’s Day celebration on 5th March.
Join us each Saturday for 4 weeks in February, to learn the craft, history, nuts and bolts of of self published zines. Week by week you’ll gain confidence to create your own short run publication. We’ll be covering everything from content, layout and editing to bindings, different formats backgrounds and collage. We’ll also be having a special field trip to The Print Project on Shipley to see the letterpress in action. Your zine will be exhibited for sale at the specially curated Loosely Bound stall at Leeds Museum at the International Women’s Day celebration on 5th March.
Open to everyone who self defines as female. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, to ask questions and book.
Further information and Frequently Asked Questions:
Venue: Wur Bradford, Kirkgate Market, opposite Home from Home Cafe
Each Saturday: 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th February 11am-1pm, 2 hours per week plus a bit of homework time.
You’ll make a short run hand-made zine to exhibit and/or sell at International Women’s Day event 5th March at Leeds Museum.
Pre course homework: do a bit of online research, which zines best tickle your fancy and why? What sort of zine would you like to make? What do you want to tell the world? Make a few notes and bring them with you. If you have problems accessing the internet let us know and we can find other ways to get some info to you.
For a start try looking at: wemakezines.ning.com fanzine.tumblr.com leedszinefair.footprinters.co.uk sheffieldzinefest.wordpress.com zinenation.org
Week 1 – What are Zines? Why you should make one!
Different types of zine: perzine (splurge your soul), fanzine (what are you a fan of? Music/films/cake?), Accidental (woops I kinda tripped up over my own creativity, photocopied it and stapled it together). Compiling and photocopy skills. We’ll all make an A5 page on anything, any subject and we’ll put together a collaborative zine by the end of the session. Once it’s in order it’s all hands on deck to double-side copy, compile and staple that sucker.
Homework: make a basic plan for yer zine. Are you going to make your own or collaborate? How many pages? What will you put in it? Use the blank pages at the back of the zine we’ve just made to make a plan and bring it along to next week’s session.
Week 2 – The physical object. Different sizes, formats and bindings: A4, A5, A6, single folded sheets, random sizing. Bindings: saddle stitch, stab binding, coptic binding. We’ll cover them all, this will be a hands-on speedy session of making! We’ll also go over editing and compiling.
Homework: Start your zine! Chat to your new zine buddies to help if you get stuck!
Week 3 – Field trip. This week we’ll meet at the Print Project at Q20 studios in Shipley to take a look at the letterpress and witness original printing in action. More info here: theprintproject.co.uk. We’ll then head back to Wur to have a go at collaging, making backgrounds and page layout. Note: This week will be a longer session and include getting to Shipley then back to Wur. If a longer session is going to cause problems don’t worry just chat to us!
Homework: Finish your zine! Bring your completed master(piece) along to the next session to be photocopied. Even if it’s not completed, bring it along anyway!
Week 4 – An hour of using text, cutting out, putting pictures together, printing, making backgrounds, layout, And why thinking long and hard about it is a really bad idea. Then we’ll be photocopying and compiling our zines ready for the 5th March.
Homework: Come along and have a laugh with us at the IWD event at Leeds Museum, 5th March
Where is Wur Bradford?
Wur Bradford is in the Kirkgate Market in Bradford City Centre. The easiest way to find it is to go into the market along the ramp above the Kirkgate Centre ‘Poundshop’ entrance. When you’re in the market turn right and we’re two stalls along, opposite the Home From Home cafe.
Is Wur accessible?
Kirkgate Market is accessible although the doors can be a bit tricky as they’re not automatic. If you think you may have problems with doors come into Kirkgate Market via the Kirkgate Centre on Darley Street, take the lift to the first floor then we’re straight through the market, look for the row of cafés. There is a small step to get into the Wur stall, which is open on two sides. We have a ramp which is wide enough for wheelchairs. If you have access needs please let us know and we’ll work together to make sure we can accommodate you as best we can.
Where is The Print Project?
At Q20 Creative Arts Hub, Dockfield Road, Shipley, BD17 7AD, about 10 minute walk from Shipley train station/Shipley town centre. There is on street parking on Dockfield Road.
I can’t make all the sessions, can I just do one or two?
Of course! Individual sessions are £7/£5 each. Have a look at the session outlines and see which ones are the most suitable for you.
I want to do the workshops, but I don’t want to write a whole zine, that sounds like school.
The brilliant thing about zines is you can do anything you want, no judgement, no spell check and the grammar nazis can’t see. There are infinite subjects, styles, page numbers and sizes, your final zine can be as large or small as you like. Zines can be anything: a celebration of brilliant people, a diary, a collection of favourite sayings, doodles you did on the bus, it’s totally up to you.
Can I bring my small person along with me?
Of course! Maybe you could make a collaborative zine?
What materials/techniques/software will we be using?
Mainly lots of different types of paper, scissors, craft knives, glue, felt tips, rubber stamps, tape, staplers, needle and thread. Collaging, book binding, stapling, drawing and photocopying (black and white only, although we do like using coloured paper and colouring zines in with highlighters). Hopefully we’ll have everything on hand, but if you want to include anything specialist chat with us. No computers….no no no.
If you’re selling our zines who gets the money?
Will there be biscuits?
There had better be biscuits…
I’ve got a question that isn’t frequently asked.
Drop us an email email@example.com, tweet @wurbradford, or post a question on the facebook event page and we’ll get back to you asap.
All events are free, and suitable for all ages and abilities, so come down and get involved!
You can find us at
Wur Bradford art stall
opposite Home From Home cafe, near the Westgate entrance
(above the shopping centre)
Kirkgate Market website here
Thursday 19th November
Postcards from Bradford 12-3pm
Create your own unique postcard using drawing, collage, photography or mixed media with your own message from or about Bradford
Saturday 21st November
Why DIY? Bradford mini self-publishing fair 12-3pm
Come along to our fun, inclusive event, to find out why people publish their own books, pamphlets, ‘zines (handmade magazines) , comics, music, find out how to do it yourself, and and get involved in a collaborative zine in a day!
Thursday 26th November
Make a concertina book 12-3pm
Learn how to make a simple book in a concertina format, with your own story, memories or messages, using collage, drawing, and printing techniques.
Saturday 28th November
A Birthday Party for Blake 12-3pm
An event celebrating the 258th birthday of Britain’s best loved art-poet-visionary-revolutionary William Blake, author of Jerusalem, and Dongs of Inoncence and Experience – with performances, readings ,creative activities, mini exhibition, a commemorative publication and ‘Dark Satanic Mills’ cake
Thursday 3rd December
Winter exchanges 12-3pm
Come along to a creative day about exchanges, exploring what giving and generosity means through sharing stories and creative activities
Saturday 5th December
Playing with spaces 9.30 – 12.30
Life is a stage.. come along to a creative session to make make sets and model boxes to find out how the spaces around us affect us.
Thursday 10th December:
Bradford midwinter ‘zine 12-3pm
Come and share your seasonal recipes, stories and memories for a special hand-made, self-published magazine celebrating the festive period. Everyone who contributes will receive a free copy!
Saturday 12th December
Digital photography 12-3pm
Bring your camera along and take part in activities aimed at helping you to think differently about your photography. Aimed at folk who never move off auto!
Thursday 17th December
Square Chapatti Club 12-2pm
Come along to share stories of personal change through creativity and dialogue in a friendly environment
Saturday 19th December
Bookbinding workshop 12-3pm
Learn how to make your own book with simple, easy to learn binding techniques.
Perfect for a Christmas gift
Thursday 7th January
Creative diary making session 12-3pm
With the new year upon us , come along and make a special personal development diary exploring new beginnings, goals, actions, hopes, fears for 2016
Thursday 14th January
Pinhole camera workshop 12-3pm
Learn how to make a pinhole camera with an everyday object and take and develop your own photograph in our temporary darkroom created especially for the event
Saturday 16th January
Secret messages and cryptography 12-3pm
Come along to write in invisible ink, make up codeword language, find out about simple encryption and decryption, make paper cup telephones, in a creative session exploring surveillance and spying.
If you have any questions , you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org