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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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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.


Women Make Zines workshops: Tell Your Story

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Women Make Zines: Tell Your Story!

4 week course at Wur Bradford in Kirkgate Market opposite the Home from Home Cafe. 

Saturday 6, 13, 20 & 27 February, course fee £25/£20 conc.


Come and play in a safe exciting space, working towards making your own zine for the International Women’s Day celebration on 5th March.

Join us each Saturday for 4 weeks in February, to learn the craft, history, nuts and bolts of of self published zines. Week by week you’ll gain confidence to create your own short run publication. We’ll be covering everything from content, layout and editing to bindings, different formats backgrounds and collage. We’ll also be having a special field trip to The Print Project on Shipley to see the letterpress in action.  Your zine will be exhibited for sale at the specially curated Loosely Bound  stall at Leeds Museum at the International Women’s Day celebration on 5th March.

Open to everyone who self defines as female. Email wurbradford@gmail.com for more details, to ask questions and book.

Further information and Frequently Asked Questions:
Venue: Wur Bradford, Kirkgate Market, opposite Home from Home Cafe
Each Saturday: 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th February 11am-1pm, 2 hours per week plus a bit of homework time.

You’ll make a short run hand-made zine to exhibit and/or sell at International Women’s Day event 5th March at Leeds Museum.
Pre course homework: do a bit of online research, which zines best tickle your fancy and why? What sort of zine would you like to make? What do you want to tell the world? Make a few notes and bring them with you. If you have problems accessing the internet let us know and we can find other ways to get some info to you.
For a start try looking at: wemakezines.ning.com fanzine.tumblr.com leedszinefair.footprinters.co.uk sheffieldzinefest.wordpress.com zinenation.org

Week 1 – What are Zines? Why you should make one!
Different types of zine: perzine (splurge your soul), fanzine (what are you a fan of? Music/films/cake?), Accidental (woops I kinda tripped up over my own creativity, photocopied it and stapled it together). Compiling and photocopy skills. We’ll all make an A5 page on anything, any subject and we’ll put together a collaborative zine by the end of the session. Once it’s in order it’s all hands on deck to double-side copy, compile and staple that sucker.

Homework: make a basic plan for yer zine. Are you going to make your own or collaborate? How many pages? What will you put in it? Use the blank pages at the back of the zine we’ve just made to make a plan and bring it along to next week’s session.

Week 2 – The physical object. Different sizes, formats and bindings: A4, A5, A6, single folded sheets, random sizing. Bindings: saddle stitch, stab binding, coptic binding. We’ll cover them all, this will be a hands-on speedy session of making! We’ll also go over editing and compiling.

Homework: Start your zine! Chat to your new zine buddies to help if you get stuck!

Week 3 – Field trip. This week we’ll meet at the Print Project at Q20 studios in Shipley to take a look at the letterpress and witness original printing in action. More info here: theprintproject.co.uk.  We’ll then head back to Wur to have a go at collaging, making backgrounds and page layout. Note: This week will be a longer session and include getting to Shipley then back to Wur. If a longer session is going to cause problems don’t worry just chat to us!

Homework: Finish your zine! Bring your completed master(piece) along to the next session to be photocopied. Even if it’s not completed, bring it along anyway!

Week 4 – An hour of using text, cutting out, putting pictures together, printing, making backgrounds, layout, And why thinking long and hard about it is a really bad idea. Then we’ll be photocopying and compiling our zines ready for the 5th March.

Homework: Come along and have a laugh with us at the IWD event at Leeds Museum, 5th March

Where is Wur Bradford?
Wur Bradford  is in the Kirkgate Market in Bradford City Centre. The easiest way to find it is to go into the market along the ramp above the Kirkgate Centre ‘Poundshop’ entrance. When you’re in the market turn right and we’re two stalls along, opposite the Home From Home cafe.

Is Wur accessible?
Kirkgate Market is accessible although the doors can be a bit tricky as they’re not automatic. If you think you may have problems with doors come into Kirkgate Market via the Kirkgate Centre on Darley Street, take the lift to the first floor then we’re straight through the market, look for the row of cafés. There is a small step to get into the Wur stall, which is open on two sides. We have a ramp which is wide enough for wheelchairs. If you have access needs please let us know and we’ll work together to make sure we can accommodate you as best we can.

Where is The Print Project?
At Q20 Creative Arts Hub, Dockfield Road, Shipley, BD17 7AD, about 10 minute walk from Shipley train station/Shipley town centre. There is on street parking on Dockfield Road.

I can’t make all the sessions, can I just do one or two?
Of course! Individual sessions are £7/£5 each. Have a look at the session outlines and see which ones are the most suitable for you.
I want to do the workshops, but I don’t want to write a whole zine, that sounds like school.
The brilliant thing about zines is you can do anything you want, no judgement, no spell check and the grammar nazis can’t see. There are infinite subjects, styles, page numbers and sizes, your final zine can be as large or small as you like. Zines can be anything: a celebration of brilliant people, a diary, a collection of favourite sayings, doodles you did on the bus, it’s totally up to you.

Can I bring my small person along with me?
Of course! Maybe you could make a collaborative zine?
What materials/techniques/software will we be using?
Mainly lots of different types of paper, scissors, craft knives, glue, felt tips, rubber stamps, tape, staplers, needle and thread. Collaging, book binding, stapling, drawing and photocopying (black and white only, although we do like using coloured paper and colouring zines in with highlighters). Hopefully we’ll have everything on hand, but if you want to include anything specialist chat with us. No computers….no no no.

If you’re selling our zines who gets the money?
You do.

Will there be biscuits?
There had better be biscuits…

I’ve got a question that isn’t frequently asked.
Drop us an email wurbradford@gmail.com, tweet @wurbradford, or post a question on the facebook event page and we’ll get back to you asap.

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