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Blake and Cake

A short video made by artist Terry Greene documenting ‘Blake and Cake’ – an event celebrating the life and work of our favourite artist-poet-visionary-revolutionary, William Blake. The event, held on 28th November, what would have been his 258th birthday, featured an exhibition and publication of Blake birthday cards, sent from artists around the world; a specially made short film, readings and performances; Tyger Tyger mask mask making, free poetry giveaways, and a specially made Dark Satanic Mills Cake.
As you can see, it was a wonderful celebration.
Many thanks to Richard Shipp and Sharon Hall Shipp for their wonderful film, ‘I see the four fold man’ ,  made specially for the event which can be seen here  and also to Elizabeth Hopkinson, Penny Andrews, Andrew Mottram, Graham, Clive and Sameeha for their readings and performances.
Blake birthday card artists: Graham Binns, Paul Brandford, Carrie Scott-Huby, Martin Heron, Abi Coe, Paddy Hamilton, Pineapple Falls, Jean McEwan, Sharon Hall Shipp, Tom Jukes, Jenny Zigzag and Elizabeth and Anna Hopkinson.

‘Blake and Cake’ was organised by Wur Bradford in collaboration with artists Terry Greene and Jean McEwan.

Wur Bradford is a collectively run art and social space situated in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market. The project is generously supported by Bradford Markets and Bradford Council

Blake and Cake: a Birthday Party for William Blake

blake and cake

Blake and Cake: a Birthday Party for William Blake
In honour of his 258th birthday


Mini exhibition
Commemorative publication
Blake Sound Box
Dark Satanic Mills cake

Wur Bradford art stall
Kirkgate Market (opposite Home From Home Cafe)
Above Kirkgate Shopping Centre
Bradford BD1 1QX


Blake and Cake
is co-ordinated by Wur Bradford in collaboration with artists Terry Greene and Jean McEwan. Event poster by Terry Greene.

Blake and Cake is part of a creative markets events programme at Wur Bradford, supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets.

Upcoming creative workshops

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We are delighted to announce a programme of creative workshops at Wur Bradford
for the coming months, supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets

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
Kirkgate Market
(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 wurbradford@gmail.com

Make a birthday card for William Blake

blake book

On 28th November,  we are hosting a celebration for Britain’s best loved poet-artist- visionary -revolutionary, William Blake, who was born on that day in 1757.
The author of Songs of Innocence and Experience and Jerusalem,  and a rebel in thought and art, Blake was largely unrecognised in his lifetime and considered mad by his contemporaries, but his genius has since been acknowledged and he is now considered one of the greatest artists of all time.
We will be celebrating his influence and contribution through  Blake inspired performances, readings of his poems, an exhibition, a commemorative publication,  library, and cake. There will also be  creative activities for people to get involved in .
We invite you to make William Blake a birthday card for the event, which will be shown as part of the mini exhibition and collected into a special commemorative limited edition publication to be available on the day.
Cards can contain text, image or be a combination of both. They need to be A5 in size (ie a folded A4). Send your original cards to us at

Wur Bradford
℅ Jean McEwan
63 Nelson Street
Cross Roads
BD22 9EA

by Monday 23rd November. Please include an SAE for  the return of your card.
For any queries, contact  us via email at Wurbradford@gmail.com

This event is coordinated by Wur Bradford in collaboration with artists Terry Greene and Jean McEwan

Grateful thanks to Bradford Council and Bradford Markets for their ongoing support of Wur Bradford