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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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Wur Bradford on facebook

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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.

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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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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.