Wur Bradford (Wur means ‘we are’ or ‘our’ is an independent 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 empower us and connect us.
Our activities are led by the people who we work with, and have included a wide range of things from workshops, events, projects, campaigns and discussions. We ran 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 Bradford and have done projects in collaboration with Bradford Council, Impressions Gallery, South Square Gallery, The Brick Box, University of Bradford, Bradford Civic Society, Purple Patch Arts to name but a few.
In 2017 we also ran a year long action research project ‘Power Up Creative Resistance’, exploring creative responses to social and political shifts, in collaboration with University of Bradford’s Peace Studies ‘Thinkspace’ groups, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
In 2018 we ran a project in Oastler Market called WE ARE HERE, which was celebrating it’s unique history, communities and stories, 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. We shared this work at an exhibition at arts space Kala Sangam after the project.
To get an idea of some of the things we have done ( everything from creative workshops to bannermaking to art parties to zine-making , self publishing fairs and guided walks) watch the slideshow below, and you can also watch a short video about Wur Bradford, made in late 2015 here at our space in Kirkgate Market.
We are currently looking at how how we can put our respond best to the challenging times we are living in. A new website is coming soon, which we will be updating soon with our plans. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and each other, and stay safe.
Jean, Uzma and Chemaine, July 2020
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Responding to Regression – Time to tool up!
Saturday 3rd December
12pm – 4pm
WUR Bradford, Kirkgate Market (Above Kirkgate Shopping Centre opposite Home From Home cafe)
Thursday 13th October
Triumph of Love: The Big Make-In
At Wur Bradford artspace, Kirkgate Market (opposite Home From Home cafe)
Join artists Uzma Kazi, Chemaine Cooke and Jean McEwan in a massive love themed make-in session – to create lanterns, collages and decorations in readiness for Wur Bradford Triumph of Love installation at the Reflections event in Lister Park on 15th October, where we will be hosting a marquee inviting people to make overhead projector collages, and 3D light zines celebrating Bradford people places and stories.
All are welcome to come and join us at the workshop and at Reflections.
Reflections is family event in Lister Park on Saturday, 15 October, created by local artists , arts organisations, community groups and Bradford Council’s Cultural Services,involving
lantern making workshops, mask making and other workshops, performances, street theatre, live music and much more. It’s free and everyone is welcome!
The event starts at 12pm and we’ll be there from 4pm. The day will culminate in Lister’s Lantern Parade which starts at 6.45pm
More event information here
We are having a short break over March as we plan for a new season of creative workshops and events starting in April. We are delighted to be keeping going, many thanks to our funders Two28 and Bradford Council and to the wonderful ongoing support we have from the lovely folk at Bradford Markets.
Our next event will be Wur Bradford Slideshow, organised by Wur regular Rob in collaboration with the Wur team. We did a slideshow event last October where we invited people to bring and project their photographic slides. We thought it would be great to do another similar event with a BRADFORD theme – so we are now inviting people to bring along any photographic slides they may have of the city, past or present, to show and share as part of a crowdsourced slideshow of the city.
If you have any slides you would like to show, all you need to do is bring them along on the day – the event will run from 12pm til 3pm.
We look forward to seeing you then!
If you would like to get in touch with us before then, you can email us at Wurbradford@gmail.com.
All events are free, and suitable for all ages and abilities, so come down and get involved!
You can find us at
Wur Bradford art stall
opposite Home From Home cafe, near the Westgate entrance
(above the shopping centre)
Kirkgate Market website here
Thursday 19th November
Postcards from Bradford 12-3pm
Create your own unique postcard using drawing, collage, photography or mixed media with your own message from or about Bradford
Saturday 21st November
Why DIY? Bradford mini self-publishing fair 12-3pm
Come along to our fun, inclusive event, to find out why people publish their own books, pamphlets, ‘zines (handmade magazines) , comics, music, find out how to do it yourself, and and get involved in a collaborative zine in a day!
Thursday 26th November
Make a concertina book 12-3pm
Learn how to make a simple book in a concertina format, with your own story, memories or messages, using collage, drawing, and printing techniques.
Saturday 28th November
A Birthday Party for Blake 12-3pm
An event celebrating the 258th birthday of Britain’s best loved art-poet-visionary-revolutionary William Blake, author of Jerusalem, and Dongs of Inoncence and Experience – with performances, readings ,creative activities, mini exhibition, a commemorative publication and ‘Dark Satanic Mills’ cake
Thursday 3rd December
Winter exchanges 12-3pm
Come along to a creative day about exchanges, exploring what giving and generosity means through sharing stories and creative activities
Saturday 5th December
Playing with spaces 9.30 – 12.30
Life is a stage.. come along to a creative session to make make sets and model boxes to find out how the spaces around us affect us.
Thursday 10th December:
Bradford midwinter ‘zine 12-3pm
Come and share your seasonal recipes, stories and memories for a special hand-made, self-published magazine celebrating the festive period. Everyone who contributes will receive a free copy!
Saturday 12th December
Digital photography 12-3pm
Bring your camera along and take part in activities aimed at helping you to think differently about your photography. Aimed at folk who never move off auto!
Thursday 17th December
Square Chapatti Club 12-2pm
Come along to share stories of personal change through creativity and dialogue in a friendly environment
Saturday 19th December
Bookbinding workshop 12-3pm
Learn how to make your own book with simple, easy to learn binding techniques.
Perfect for a Christmas gift
Thursday 7th January
Creative diary making session 12-3pm
With the new year upon us , come along and make a special personal development diary exploring new beginnings, goals, actions, hopes, fears for 2016
Thursday 14th January
Pinhole camera workshop 12-3pm
Learn how to make a pinhole camera with an everyday object and take and develop your own photograph in our temporary darkroom created especially for the event
Saturday 16th January
Secret messages and cryptography 12-3pm
Come along to write in invisible ink, make up codeword language, find out about simple encryption and decryption, make paper cup telephones, in a creative session exploring surveillance and spying.
If you have any questions , you can contact us at email@example.com
A day of fun with photographic slides
- Get creative with slides, projectors, scanners, viewers and transparencies
- Take part in a potluck slideshow
- Bring your own slides to show and share
12-3pm, drop at in any time
Wur Bradford art stall, Kirkgate Market, Bradford (the stall is at the back of the market, opposite Home From Home cafe)
FREE, ALL WELCOME, FAMILY FRIENDLY
This event is run by Wur Bradford users in collaboration with members of Bradford Darkroom Collective, and is kindly supported by our lovely friends at Impressions Gallery – find out more about them here http://www.impressions-gallery.com/
Find out more about slides here
Adding some text to the windows.. writing backwards is hard!
Artist and all round fine fellow Edward came to visit, bringing coffee and good cheer. He entertained us with stories of his art adventures in Cleakheaton, and drew us lots of pictures for the wall.
A lady I recognised from my residency last year at Oastler Market, Jackie, passed by the stall. She came in for a sit down and a chat. Jackie is doing a course in photography and she told me and David about a photographic project she did recently at The New Beehive Inn, a historic Bradford pub, parts of which are still lit by gaslight. She is going to bring is some of her photographs and drawings to put on the wall
Lovely to see Ann Marie again. She had time to make a quick collage before going off to do some shopping
After the stall closed I popped up to BCB Radio (Bradford Community Radio) to record a chat with Uzma and Carl from The Catalyst Collective for their programme on austerity. We talked about some examples of ways people were responding to and resisting austerity in Bradford, and I talked about my hope that the Wur Bradford stall could be a space for that. Carl talked about the football team he runs with a group of Bradford based asylum seekers – I was really moved by some of the stories he told.
As I was going for the bus, I bumped into Chris and Jan from the Caravan Gallery who are in Bradford for the month, with their exhibition at Impressions Gallery and their Bradford Pride of Place participatory project which is hosted by the lovely folks at Fuse Arts Space. Here’s Jan at Fuse where they are putting the exhibition up ready for the opening on Thursday. Glad to say there will be some Wur Bradford art there too!