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POWER UP! Sister Corita Art Party, Thursday 24th November

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Thursday 24th November
12-3pm
POWER UP! Sister Corita  Art Party

Wur Bradford arts space, Kirkgate Market (opposite Home From Home cafe)

Sister Corita ( 1918 – 1986) was an American artist, teacher and nun who used words phrases and slogans  from billboards and magazines and mixed them with poetry to make them into bold prints banners and installations which she put into everyday places.
Sister Corita believed that art is for everyone, and that we can take words from advertising and the media and subvert and reclaim them back as our own to say what we want to say.  She encouraged the creativity of everyone she met and her work  challenged the political and religious establishment as well as as revolutionising graphic design long before the days of punk.

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On the week of what would have been her 98th birthday on 20th November, we celebrate her joyous inspiring art with a creative session which we’ll create our own slogans representing our own truths and hopes and make these into posters.

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Drop in any time between 12 and 3pm for a super friendly and fun session
in which we’ll take inspiration from each other and the stuff around us. We’ll use simple printing techniques along with collage and drawing and anything else we can think of and we’ll explore how we get our art out into the world.

As always, the session is free and open to everyone!

PS. If you can, please bring a non-perishable food donation for our Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank collections box. The foodbank, which is run entirely by volunteers, is struggling to meet the demand and are now regularly giving out more than 950 food parcels each month, which is having a huge impact on their resources.They need the help of as many supporters as possible to help them keep up with this level of demand.

Wur Bradford is supported by Bradford Council, Two28 and Bradford Markets. Our thanks to them for their ongoing support

Announcing some changes

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The funded period of the project has now come to an end, and so we are making some changes to when the stall will be open while we figure out the next stage for Wur Bradford.
The drop in sessions which have been happening regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays are coming to an end for the time being to enable us to do this

The remaining drop in sessions will happen on

Thursday 3rd September 11am – 3pm
Thursday 10th September 11am – 3pm.

Following this there will be some special themed events, which include

STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS: a day celebrating unions and collective action
– on Thursday 24th September

CUT N PASTE: A day of collage, including mini exhibition, live collage and more – on Saturday 26th September

Details of these and other events will be announced very soon – watch this space!

Yesterday was exciting

It was an exciting day for us at the Wur Bradford market stall yesterday.

Jean just about to be interviewed for BBC Radio Leeds

Jean just about to be interviewed for BBC Radio Leeds

First thing, Jean went to BBC Radio Leeds with My Bradford producer Jenny Eels, who made a lovely short documentary video about Wur Bradford to be interviewed about the project and what’s been happening. Everyone there was lovely and it wasn’t too nerve-racking!

You can listen to the interview here
Wur Bradford on BBC Radio Leeds

A dash back to Bradford to open up the stall (thanks for the lift Jen) and a visit from artist Bernie Perfitt who comes regularly to teach our young visitors how to draw and paint.

Bernie, Connie and Ayub

Bernie, Connie and Ayub

Bernie is wonderful with children – so inspiring, patient and positive and our young regulars Concheta and Ayub really enjoyed spending time with her.
She showed Ayub some watercolour techniques, and helped Concheta make a glove puppet.

Ayub getting creative

Ayub getting creative

Intergenerational puppet collaboration with Bernie and Connie

Intergenerational puppet collaboration with Bernie and Connie

Then we had an impromptu visit from award winning writer and comedian Josie Long, who was in Bradford for the day with her Alternative Reality Tour .

The lovely Josie Long

The lovely Josie Long

Josie was absolutely lovely and spent ages in the stall looking around and chatting to people, and was so positive and enthusiastic about the work we’ve been doing in the stall.

How Do We Get Through This? a collective zine on surviving and resisting austerity

How Do We Get Through This? a collective zine on surviving and resisting austerity

She also bought two copies of our collective anti-austerity zine
How Do We Get Through This?
(If you’re interested, you can buy the zine here for £2.50 – from which all proceeds are going to Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank

Later in the afternoon, Josie came back to the stall with some friends, who played some songs in the space – attracting lots of interest from visitors around Kirkgate Market. Thank you so much Grace Petrie and Sam Duckworth for the impromptu gig, what a treat!

Josie introducing Grace

Josie introducing Grace

Here’s Grace doing a bit of Wonderwall as requested by some young people who dropped by.

You can read more about Grace, who is a songwriter, activist and performer – and listen to her performing her own songs on her website here

Josie, Grace, Sam and others were in Bradford for the day as part of a tour they are doing called The Alternative Reality Tour. Each day they turn up in a different town and make something exciting happen, often a gig, to which all are invited.
So later that evening, they did a free packed out gig hosted by our friends Fuse Arts Space

Sam Duckworth performing for us

Sam Duckworth performing for us

We were delighted Josie and team chanced upon us and it was great to see their positive reactions to what we’re doing – they are really lovely people. Good luck to them for the rest of their tour.

Thank you all who made this such a great day for the space!

Creativity, community, austerity, resistance….and pompoms

Another great week at Wur Bradford, regulars and new visitors coming to the stall to get creative and chat. This week many people responded to these fantastic screenprinted posters by Newcastle artist and activist Theresa Easton which invite people to leave messages for our politicians.<
'Leave Your Message For': screenprinted posters by Theresa Easton

The posters prompted lots of conversation – people sharing personal stories of how they were bring affected by the government cuts and austerity measures, and talking about ways we might be able to get through the next five years. There was as a fair bit of laughing and fun too.
By making and talking together, maybe we can find ways to resist, survive, befriend and support each other through austerity which is affecting so many of us.
We would love for more people to get involved in doing things in the space – to help grow these connections between people in Bradford, make us stronger together?

So.. Do you have knowledge or a skill you want to share with others? Do you have an activity you want to try out, a campaign you want to run, or an event you’d like to put on? Do you need a place to meet? The Wur market stall is a great public space in Kirkgate Market to create, share, meet and talk. Get in touch if you would have an idea for something you’d like to do in the space – you can comment below, get in touch on our facebook page, email at wurbradford@gmail.com, or pop down and see us – open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am – 4pm.

More additions to our Utopian human Rights MAp

More additions to our Utopian human Rights MAp

Ann-Marie is making a zine about her experiences as a disabled person, and disability rights

Ann-Marie is making a zine about her experiences as a disabled person, and disability rights

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New visitor Emma made a book. She said she wasn't creative but she surprised herself

New visitor Emma made a book. She said she wasn’t creative but she surprised herself

The lovely Eileen who works in the market is helping to spread the word about our foodbank donations box. She's putting this poster up round the market for us

The lovely Eileen who works in the market is helping to spread the word about our foodbank donations box. She’s putting this poster up round the market for us

sarah making pompoms

Sarah made a pompom and showed Ben how to make one too. Lots of hilarity.

Sarah made a pompom and showed Ben how to make one too. Lots of hilarity.

Ann-Marie's message for Iain Duncan Smith

Ann-Marie’s message for Iain Duncan Smith

Loretta is a fantastic knitter and is making us some bunting to brighten up the stall. Thanks Loretta!

Loretta is a fantastic knitter and is making us some bunting to brighten up the stall. Thanks Loretta!

Ivan altered this record cover

Ivan altered this record cover

A great week - thank you so everyone who came to make and talk

A great week – thank you so everyone who came to make and talk