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Another great week in the Wur Bradford market stall

kids drawing

connies face drawing faces 1

It’s been half term so I had lots of young visitors this week. Conchetta, Jessica, Rhadha, Dantrell, Harvey and Mohammed were among the kids who came in to get creative and kept me and other visitors entertained. Connie Jess and Rhadha all have parents who run stalls in the market, and they took me over to introduce me to them.

dantrell's booklet

Dantrell was over visiting from Leeds, and he came into make some stuff while his mum was getting her hair done in one of the hairdressers in the market. He made this book and he also made some headphones from cardboard for a costume for his school assembly.

Ann Marie came by again this week with her husband Martin to bring some of her paintings and drawings to put up in the space, including these pieces

annmare collage

ann marie painting 1

Ann Marie explained the personal significance of the symbols in the above painting, and how they relate to her disability and health. She was kind enough to type this out for me later and send them to me so I could share them here and print them out to put in the space.  She says

“The symbols stand for : Highheel – feminism the love of heels I but cant wear them , the difficulty getting round. Stripes – Zebra logo for hypermobility syndromes and EDS (see link http://www.ehlers-danlos.org/about-eds-uk/why-the-zebra/) Purple sky – brain fog and fatigue, spoons- fatigue theory known as the spoon theory :http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/category/the-spoon-theory/ and the footprints are about my feeling that i want people to understand to metaphorically walk with me rather than ahead and in a way walk with me instead of away as friends have in the past.”

The lovely market staff (thank you Kevin and Jimmy! ) are organising the making of a special ramp so Ann Marie can get proper access to the space in her wheelchair (there’s a 5 inch step) so next week she can come in and get more involved.

banner making

banner making 2

banner painting 3

Matthew came down on Tuesday to help make some banners for the Anti Austerity Rally which happened on Wednesday in Centenary Square – and he also stayed around to make this instant book about the Bradford Bulls

mathews book

A couple more people from a local Women’s Refuge stopped by to say hi and check out what’s going on – they are going to tell the service users about the space and see if any of them wants to come down. Hope so!

bens collaged book stuartcollageand ben

Ben had found out about the stall via Twitter and popped in a couple of time this week. He wrote some contributions to the affirmations area and also made a collaged instant book. He told me and Stuart, who was visiting at the same time, about some of the music he likes, and we chatted about allsorts.

margaret and tatin flower

Margaret was born and brought up in Bradford, but moved to Lancashire some years ago. She was back for a visit for the day and was having a look round the market. She came in to chat and tell us some stories about Bradford as it used to be, and made me this lovely ‘tatting’ flower from wool she had in her bag. Thank you Margaret!

tatin flower with bradford map 1

One of my favourite moments from this week was when Kyra, a young visitor who popped in with her two sisters Nieve and Kya, did this impromptu paper plate portrait of Ivan, who had popped in to visit. He is rightly chuffed to bits with it.

Portrait of Ivan by Kyra

Portrait of Ivan by Kyra

Food donations box for Bradford Metropolitan foodbank. They need all the help they can get, so please bring a donation if you can

Food donations box for Bradford Metropolitan foodbank. They need all the help they can get, so please bring a donation if you can

David popped in again on Thursday before he started work. We got talking about the Foodbank donations box and how a lot of people were struggling to get by on low wages and benefits. He told me about the Bradford Credit Union and how he’s found it really good being a member, helping to pay bills and save on a budget. He’s going to bring some leaflets in if he can next week

What a great week it has been – thank you to everyone who has come down to make stuff and come in to talk. Looking forward to the next one!

back wall with artwork



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.

What is Wur Bradford?


Wur Bradford is an art and social space in a market stall in Kirkgate Market to explore how we can make our city better through imagination and collective action. The project by artist Bradford based artist Jean McEwan, runs until August.

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.

The Wur Bradford stall is open every Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-4 pm, but can be open at other times. If you can’t visit on these days get in touch with Jean at Jeanmariemcewan@gmail.com

Wur Bradford was made possible by Two28, Bradford Markets and Bradford Council. Grateful thanks their generous support.