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Bookbinding workshop with Deb Eck, Thursday 10th August

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We are delighted to welcome U.S based book artist Deb Eck to Wur Bradford to run a very special bookbinding workshop with us.

Deb is an internationally exhibited book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text and thread. She is most well known in the book arts community for her translations of historic embroidery designs into functional binding designs. Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in upstate New York for over 20 years. Eck received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK). She teaches as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College and Fredonia State University, and for many other arts and cultural organizations.
She has been the recipient of many grants and awards; most recently she was named the Distinguished Artist for 2017 by Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

About the workshop

This workshop will cover a series of one, two and three signature bindings, perfect for zine makers, poets and others wanting to make/publish small books. Each technique builds on the one before, to make increasingly complex bindings that can be used on paper or leather covers. The workshop is suitable for those with no previous book binding experience, but experienced binders may find some new ways to approach the simple pamphlet.

Materials are provided, though please feel free to bring anything you would like to use.
The workshop will run from 1pm till 3pm, but please feel free to come at our usual opening time of 12pm, for conversation and a cuppa beforehand. You can find us in Kirkgate Market (above the shopping Centre) opposite Home From Home Cafe.

The workshop is free but we have limited places. Please email us wurbradford@gmail.com to book your place.


Tour De Yorkshire Art on Wheels poster workshops and exhibition

Art on Wheels

Join Wur Bradford in two creative workshops to make your own ‘Art on Wheels’ poster celebrating the Tour De Yorkshire! The posters will be exhibited in Bradford Markets in the weekend running up to the race.

Workshop 1
Tuesday 25th April
at the Wild Woods (the ex Marks and Spencers shop in Darley Street)

Printing With Wheels:
Bring any wheels you have (bicyles, wheelchairs, scooters, prams, toy trucks) for a massive collective printing session with tyres of all kinds to make the background for the posters. We’ll be using water based paint which will wash off, but it might be a bit messy so don’t wear your best clothes!
This workshop is suitable for all. Places are limited to please book, by emailing us Wur Bradford at wurbradford@gmail.com. With thanks to our friends at the Brickbox and East Street Arts for giving us use of the Wild Woods!

Workshop 2
Thursday 27th April
at Wur Bradford art space (stall in Kirkgate Market, opposite Home From Home cafe)
1.30 – 3.30pm

Poster Workshop
Make your own Tour De Yorkshire poster by collaging on top of printed wheel marks (made at Tuesday’s workshop) exploring ideas of movement, energy, action and excitement.All materials are provided but please bring your own collage materials if you would like to.The posters will then be exhibited in Bradford Markets in the weekend running up to the race

This workshop is suitable for all. Places are limited to please book, by emailing us Wur Bradford at wurbradford@gmail.com

This workshop is supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets.

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The Tour De Yorkshire takes place on Sunday 30th April and passes through Bradford – more information here

Facebook event pages
Art on Wheels workshop https://www.facebook.com/events/745368458957055/
Art on wheels poster workshop https://www.facebook.com/events/717052898501636/

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 powerupcreativeresistance@gmail.com

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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 wurbradford@gmail.com

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

Women of Influence: Community storytelling session


Thursday 9th March
Wur Bradford Artspace
Kirkgate Market (opposite Home From Home Cafe)

Women of Influence: Community Storytelling about Remarkable Women
Join us at Wur Bradford  in a creative session of sharing stories about the women past and present, familiar and famous, local and international, who have had an influence on us Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, friends, neighbours, colleagues, public figures.. Come and tell us how these women have shaped your life or inspired you. Feel free to bring any images or words that might help tell your story.. though this is not essential!
Drop in any time between 1-3pm, all are welcome.

Part of the cultural programme for International Womens Day in Bradford

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‘Bridges Not Walls’ Bradford action: planning meeting and banner making sessions


Bradford is joining the Bridges Not Walls national day of action on 20th January the day Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. http://bridgesnotwalls.uk/
That day, together, people across the UK will drop banners from bridges across the country to send a simple, hopeful and unmistakable message:
” We will build bridges, not walls, to a peaceful and just world, rid of oppression and hatred”
Wur Bradford along  with Racial Justice Network  and other friends are joining to do a Bradford Bridges Not Walls action. We’ll make a banner and drop it from a bridge in Bradford (bridge tbc) on the morning of 20th January.

We invite you to join us to help make this happen! Here’s how you can get involved

  1. Come to an informal alanning meeting, Thursday 12th January 2-3pm at Wur Bradford- a chance to chat and plan how we organise the action – all are welcome, no special skills required just your enthusiasm! (this will be a first for many of us but we will do it and learn together)
  2. Banner making sessions at Wur Bradford on Saturday 14th January 2-4pm, and Thursday 19th January 2-4pm – join us in creating a banner to drop from a Bradford bridge on the 20th January. No specialist skills needed! You can also make your own posters and signs to hold up on the day
  3. Come along to the banner drop on the morning of the 20th January – more details coming soon
  4. Help spread the word via social media – follow our Wur Bradford facebook page for updates


Wur Bradford art space is situated in a stall in Kirkgate Market, above the shopping centre. You can find us at the back of the market -nearest the Westgate entrance, we are opposite Home From Home cafe

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!

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


Thursday 24th November
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.


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.


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