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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

12-3pm

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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.’

http://www.brad.ac.uk/gallery/whats-on/coming-up/

Free! All are welcome!

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 art and social space in a market stall in Kirkgate Market to explore how we can make our city and our world better through imagination and collective action. The project was started by artist  Jean McEwan  in Spring 2015 and now has expanded to be run by a small collective of Bradford artists who are interested in how art can change the world.

Wur Bradford is an open space for people to come and chat, get creative, share stories and ideas, and connect with others. Everyone is welcome to visit, get involved and suggest things that could happen. To get an idea of the space, 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 do things in our market stall space and in other spaces across Bradford. We work with lots of people, groups and organisations in Bradford, and have done activities for events with BrickboxBradford Refugee Week, WowBradford festival and many other others. 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 delighted to be launching Power Up Creative Resistance, a new 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, begins in March and will be running throughout 2017. If you would like to get involved with Power Up, drop us an email at powerupcreativeresistance@gmail.com

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We are regularly open on Tuesdays between 12-2pm and Thursdays between 12-3pm, and sometimes at other times  – check our blog for details. You can find our stall at the back of Kirkgate Market,

If you would like to get in touch we would love to hear from you – come visit us or email us wurbradford@gmail.com

Wur Bradford has been made possible by Two28, Bradford Markets and Bradford Council. Grateful thanks their support.

Responding to Regression – Time to tool up!

Responding to Regression – Time to tool up!

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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!

 

 

Looking back at June and July

We’ve had a packed couple of months, with loads going on – we’ve been involved in lots of different activities both at our base in our stall in Kirkgate Market and at events around the city, some planned and some completely spontaneous and responsive.

We were delighted to be part of Bradford Refugee Week this year, taking part in the Refugee Festival at Bradford University on 4th June, where we ran an instant book workshop, and we met many fantastic, creative kids and young people who made books like these

We also took part in Bradford Refugee Week exhibition, ‘Welcome’, in June and produced a collective zine of the same name, containing reflections, writing and images in response to the theme, which was given out free as part of the exhibition.

We still have a few copies left- they are available via our online shop for  £1 plus postage – all proceeds going to BIASAN ((Bradford Immigration & Asylum Support & Advice Network)

On 11th June we were delighted to help host an event called ‘Rubbish Ideas’  as part of the very first Bradford Open Source Economy Day organised by Bob Thorpe and Richard Dillon from Fairmondo, the UK’s first cooperatively owned ethical marketplace.

We watched a film about upcycling and talked about how we could start to imagine Bradford as a zero waste city. Julie brought in some sewing she is working on, making curtains from upcycled fabrics, and we shared ideas for how we can connect and use our energies and resources.Thanks to Richard and Bob for bringing such a great conversation to the space – these are ideas we will be thinking about and hoping to connect with people on in the future.

In the week running up to the EU referendum, we hosted an informal lunchtime discussion, with Bradford IWW trade union member and friend of Wur Altaf Arif. Many thanks to Altaf, and to our friend Lisa Cumming from Programme For a Peaceful City

co-hosted an event at Bradford University in the weeks before and who were generous enough to share their resources, information and time to help us explore the issues at Wur. It was a really valuable space to talk through our thoughts,  and to try to understand the issues.

On June 25th, we hosted a writing workshop ‘Tales of Transformation’ as part of our Season of Change programme,  with Bradford author Elizabeth Hopkinson.

Elizabeth, primarily a writer of fantasy fiction who has published in both short story and novel form, led us through a wonderful  workshop where we generated ideas of change and transformation through storytelling. It was a very welcome space for us to be able to do explore ideas and thoughts through fiction at such a heightened time as the Brexit result just announced the day before. Many thanks to Elizabeth for facilitating such a sensitive and thoughtful workshop – it was so good.

We put together our second collective zine, on the theme of COMMUNITY, the following week in time for the Printing Communities exhibition event at South Square

 

 

We’re really proud of our zine,  which contains stories and experiences and explorations on ideas of community via writing, drawing and collage, made by members and friends of Wur Bradford. Themes include Ramadan, Bradford City football team, the story of a community garden, reflections on post Brexit racism and strategies for surviving far right popular crises, and the power of smiling to feel connected to others. The zine is dedicated to the late Jo Cox MP,  tragically murdered on 16th June, who said
We are far more united and have far more in common that things that divide us

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Many thanks to all our friends in Bradford and beyond who took time to contribute. There are still copies available of the zine at our online shop for £1 plus postage.All proceeds go to Bradford Immigration & Asylum Support & Advice Network (BIASAN) 

We were  proud to be part of Bradford Says Everyone Stays’ vigil on 13th July, which was initiated and organised by Bradford theatre maker Javaad Alipoor in response to concerns about post Brexit racism and attacks happening around the country. The vigil brought many people together in solidarity to show that our city of Bradford would not be divided and that we stand together against racism and for love. We hosted several drop in sessions at the stall to make banners and posters for the event.

Being able to be involved in the event gave us hope – we were inspired by the many people came down to help make banners, signs and posters  and so happy to see these being part of the event, which brought 500 people together in a powerful statement of unity and solidarity with all our communities.

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We leave July still processing all the tumultuous world and political events of the past months and feeling unsure what is ahead of us, but with an overriding  feeling of pride and hope in our city, and with a sense of purpose to carry on with our part in  it, by connecting people through creativity however and whenever we can.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed in so many different ways over the past couple of months – onwards and upwards!

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Wur Bradford is generously supported by Bradford Council, Bradford Markets and  Two28

Zines about community and welcome

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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.

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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”

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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 wurbradford@gmail.com 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.