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Food and community workshops with Josie Tothill

Can food and eating together strengthen our communities? Come join Bradford artist Josie Tothill in two upcoming workshops to explore these questions through conversation,  the making of a recipe booklet and the sharing of food.

Free, all are welcome!

Wur Bradford
Kirkgate Market (the stall opposite Home From Home Cafe)

josie food2

Thursday 21st April
What part does food and the cooking of it play in our communities? A drop in chat about everything from your favourite meal, to the politics of who cooks, to the role of food in activism. Bring yourselves and any stories, recipes, and thoughts you wish to share.

Thursday 28th April
12 – 3pm
Come and taste the food of our community. Have a chat and a chana chat.
Does eating together strengthen community? Share your thoughts and stories and leave with a recipe book written by people at Wur Bradford the week before.

josie food 2

Welcome back: Season of Change, starting Thursday 7th April

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.

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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).

robs bradford slide

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.

hands and plants


emma and rob

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.

feeling cracked

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.

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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.

Best wishes

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. 





Why DIY it? Bradford mini self-publishing fair

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Saturday 21st November

Wur Bradford stall
Kirkgate Market (opposite Home From Home cafe)Kirkgate, Bradford BD1 1QX

What is DIY publishing?
DIY, or self-publishing is the publication of a book, magazine, pamphlet or any other media by its author, without the involvement of a publisher.The author is responsible for and in control of the entire process from beginning to end, including the content, design and distribution.

How and why people do it themselves?

Come along to our fun, inclusive event,  celebrating ‘Do It Yourself’ publishing , with self- published books, pamphlets, ‘zines, comics, and music from Bradford and across Yorkshire to browse and buy, and an eclectic programme of discussions, performances,  and readings.
Come along to find out how and why people self-publish and get advice on how you can do it yourself, and to contribute to a collaborative DIY ‘zine ( a handmade magazine) in a day.

We will be featuring self-published books, pamphlets, comics, music and zines from the following:

Penthouse Pressgang
Loosely Bound 

Bradical zine
Longbarrow Press
Gordian Projects

SW Zines
Louise Crosby
Bomb Shop
Jean McEwan
Sound Shack Records
Black Dogs
Penny Andrews
Becky Kidner
The Common Swings
Calder Valley Scribblers

Synchronise Witches

Bruce Barnes

Stephen Pass


Programme for the day
12- 12.30pm:


Bradford poet Bruce Barnes will read from some of his work

12.30 – 12.50


Beehive Poets member Stephen Pass will talk about how he   self-published his childrens’ book ‘Madge and the Mermaid’


1 – 1.30pm 


Bradical zine: a  chance to meet the creators and   contributors   behind ‘Bradical’ and discuss the themes of the zine


2pm:  Performance from Manchester based artist  Rosanne Robertson :

Rosanne Robertson live

Too Much (with fibers) 2015 (20 minutes)

A live work using threads, fibers, wires, hair, tape loops and  voice. This live work is part of a project on the contemporary  condition of anxiety by artist Rosanne Robertson exploring  assemblage, performance sculpture and sound. This   performance with live action and sound making demonstrates  personal anxieties, small hidden fears and relationships with social fears related to expression of gender, sexuality and the body also presented in the self published booklet TOO MUCH  and original concertina hand stitched book. Both the original   book and limited edition booklet are available for sale via The  Penthouse self publishing project Press Gang–  and guests at Wur  Bradford mini self publishing fair.



Performance from  Debbie Sharp. Debbie sharp is a artist based in the north west of England
and part of The Penthouse Pressgang.

debbie sharp performance

Constant Sleepless Nights

“Ive suffered from panic attacks at night since I was a child
A fear of someone breaking in
Being murdered in my sleep
I grew up in Bradford in the 70s when the Yorkshire ripper was about.
At that time there was a constant fear over the city.”



Talk from Brian Lewis from Sheffield’s  Longbarrow Press

Longbarrow 2006-14

Reading from Gordian Projects   artist and writer  Emma Bolland

emma bolland book


Wur Bradford is an art & social space based in a stall in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market to explore how we can make our city better through imagination and creative action. More about the project here

This event is part of a series of winter creative workshops at Wur Bradford, supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets. The event is co-ordinated by Wur Bradford in collaboration with Bradford zine collective Loosely Bound

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/936031153170716/


Wur Bradford is supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets.

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

bens plate

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

The last week in the stall in pictures

ann marie instant book

Ann Marie’s instant book, reflecting on disability, activism and austerity

affirmations corner

Some contributions to the affirmations area, an idea suggested by David one of our regular visitors

Ann Marie’s instant book, reflecting on identity, disability, activism and austerity

can art make our lives better?


impromtu collage

connies pic

Zoe made this

exchanges board closer

The exchanges board – it’s growing!

gratitude list

More contributions to the positive/affirmations area

heaton road

Ann telling us a story about local politics in her area of Bradford

oragami frog

Ann made this origami frog


This week we got a ramp sorted so Ann Marie and other wheelchair users can access the space. Many thanks to Eileen and Kevin for organising, and to Jimmy for making it – the Bradford Markets staff are awesome

slides looking

Zoe and Connie checking out some slides. “Have you got anything else that’s magic?” they asked

map and set

in pictures

This is Stephen, who cleaned the windows for us. Stephen’s been a window cleaner since he was 16 – he’s now 61. He also does joinery work and does DJing for parties – he has thousands of records. It was great chatting to him

ann's collage

Ann’s comment on local politics in her area and a certain well known ex Bradford politician

credir union poster

David brought in some literature from Bradford Credit Union – he is a member and find it really useful way of managing a budget. He thought others might like to know about it

david information point

The information point is getting busier – good to see!

graham caravan postcard 2

Graham bought the space some postcards from The Caravan Gallery who were outside the National Media Museum on Thursday with their project Pride of Place. We met Chris and Jan this week, and I’m sure will be seeing more of them in the coming weeks!

graham white dove

A page from Graham’s sketchbook he brought in to show

grahams collage

Graham made this collage on Thursday

jesscia rose

made by Jessica Rose age two and an half

simons boys characters

Characters made by the awesome Simons brothers

the space end of week

How the space is looking at the end of another busy week. Thanks to all who came down to visit and contribute!


The last week in photos

Bowled over by the amazingness of people in Bradford

Bowled over today by the amazingness of people in Bradford.

Opening up I met Stacey from the card stall next door, it’s her first proper week this week, she’s just getting to know where everything is. She does Tuesdays and Thursdays just like me.

Chemaine, a friend who is a dance artist came for a catch up and she told me about her ideas and plans for her new project. It’s always so great talking to Chemaine as she has such a different perspective on things and describes the world in terms of movement which is so different and interesting for me. We’re going to start a bit of a collaboration – I gave her some cut outs from the box and she is going to make a story from them. Let’s see what happens!

Chemaines cut outs

A man came in after seeing the sign asking for artwork for the walls. He has a mate who does great paintings and he called him from the stall to tell him to bring some of them down.


Two new visitors suggested an affirmations corner after getting into conversation with another visitor who said she was feeling down. We made these together and she said doing it helped her feel a bit better.

poem part one
poem part two

She also made this beautiful poem with found words (photographed in two parts). Everyone said they’d try to come back on Thursday to chat more and maybe come to Art club.

Anne Marie passed by and wanted to know what the stall was. She likes sewing (she makes her own bags) and she also paints, and was really interested in the joining the Art Club which we are running on Thursdays. The step up to the stall is too high for her wheelchair to deal with but I’m going to sort out a ramp for next week.

Jenny who runs a digital project called My Bradford came by. The idea behind it is ‘Your City, Your Stories’ and anyone can get involved. She is really enthusiastic about what’s going on in the stall and is going to put it on the My Bradford website. She helps people make and edit videos on their mobile phones and said she would be up for doing a workshop if anyone fancies it. Here she is showing me some of the programmes she uses.

jennys editing

As I was locking up Stacey called me over and said she would bring in some artwork she did when she was at school for the walls, her sister is arty too and she will get her to do some drawings too.

I feel so lucky to be seeing and feeling such friendliness, enthusiasm and generosity from people today. Bradford people are awesome.