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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.