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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!

 

This Thursday 25th August: #LoveBradford badgemaking and the ‘Lucky Bag’ game

Join us this Thursday any time between 12-3pm when we’ll be doing loads of good stuff
– Make a love themed badge for the upcoming ‪#‎lovebradford‬ upcoming world record attempt in September (more info here https://www.bradford.gov.uk/lovebradford)

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Find out and get involved in our Mapping The Market creative project. Join Dilwar in making a 3D model of Kirkgate Market, and take part in our ‘Lucky Bag Game’ with objects bought from the stall in the market. You’re also invited to peruse our research so far and bring your own ideas to the project as it develops.
As always, everyone is welcome!

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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

Thursday 9th June: Collective zinemaking, exchanges, and Ramadan

Thursday 9th June
12-3pm
Exploring ideas of  WELCOME and EXCHANGE, and RAMADAN

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A ‘Welcome Spell’ from ‘The Bradford Book of Modern Spells’ by Mike Barrett

We will be making artwork and a collective ‘zine (hand-made magazine) on the theme of ‘Welcome’ for Bradford Refugee Week exhibition which will be taking place at 5 John Street, Bradford (outside Oastler Market) 20th – 25th June. Come join us and get involved, make a page for the ‘zine, or make your own artwork. (
If you would like to contribute to the ‘zine but can’t make the session, you can email us  at wurbradford@gmail.com with your submission and we will include it  – it can be writing,, images or a combination of both!)

We will also be looking at the idea of ‘Exchange’  and how we can share support, knowledge, skills and resources –  and asking each other

What do you need?
 What can you offer?

Also the first week of this special month of Ramadan, our regular volunteer Mohammed will also be sharing his personal experiences and reflections of fasting and faith.

Everyone is welcome to join us.

Wur Bradford is a collective,  inclusive arts and social space open to the public and to anyone who wants to connect, explore and imagine how we can make Bradford a better place. Wur Bradford is supported by Bradford Council, Bradford Markets and Two28.

Tales of Transformations: a writing workshop with Elizabeth Hopkinson, 25th June

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We are delighted to welcome Bradford writer  Elizabeth Hopkinson  back to Wur Bradford to run  a special ‘Tales of Transformation‘ writing workshop as part of our ‘Season of Change’

Saturday 25th June

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

1-2.30pm

Join Elizabeth hear the traditional Breton tale of Bisclavret, a medieval knight with a strange secret – he’s a werewolf!  Then have a go at writing your own tale of transformation, using Bisclavret’s story to help you.  We’ll be thinking about guilty secrets, unpunished crimes, and the changes we all go through in life.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities, from beginners to experienced writers. The workshop is free but places must booked in advance – email wurbradford@gmail.com to book your place
Elizabeth Hopkinson is a local writer of over 50 published short stories, many of which are inspired by traditional tales.  She is currently working on a novel series set in a fantasy version of 18th-century Italy.
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Wur Bradford is an art and social space based in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market, supported by Two28, Bradford Council and Bradford Markets. 

 

 

Instant book workshop at Bradford Refugee Festival, Saturday 4th June

We are delighted to be taking part in Bradford Refugee Festival on Saturday 4th June at Bradford University. Bradford Refugee Week 2016.jpg

This is a free festival with food, poetry, music, workshops, football tournaments and plenty of stalls to keep the whole family entertained!
Other workshops include: Free Massages, Knitting Choir, Healthy Eating & Gardening, Mehndi & Face Painting, First Aid, Art for Children, Drumming, Tea & Tolerance and Crafts

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As part of the celebrations Wur Bradford will be running a drop in creative workshop showing people how to make ‘instant books’  (sometimes also called ‘zines’ – handmade, self published magazines). An instant book  a simple booklet made  from one sheet of paper , and we will be using simple collage, drawing, and printing techniques, showing people how to create  their own story, or message to the world. Here are some examples people have made in other workshops.

 

Come and join us anytime between 10am and 3pm – it’s free , suitable for all ages and abilities and all are warmly welcomed!

For more information about other Refugee Week events in Bradford, visit http://peoplecanbradforddistrict.org.uk/event/bradford-refugee-week-2016-bradfordrw16/

Sharing ideas

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We had a great Open Ideas session today at Wur Bradford, talking about what what people value about the space, and the things we’ve done so far,  and sharing ideas for what we could do in the future.

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Inspiring, thoughtful and surprising responses – Bradford folks are amazing. Thanks to all who came to talk and share. We are running another Open Ideas session next Thursday 1st June if you couldn’t make it today – drop in any time between 12-3pm to join the conversation!

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