Wur Bradford

everybody is creative

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.

wur bradford entrance

This project was inspired by two weeks I spent in Oastler Market last summer during which many unexpected acts of creativity and reciprocity happened: an impromptu gallery sprung up, which people visited daily to contribute artwork. People took images from, and added to the collage table. Endla, a 90 year old Slovakian lady, brought bags of food for the Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank donations box, which became full within days. Informal exchanges, collaborations and skill shares happened; Graeme, a self-described ‘outsider artist’ brought art books to share, Elaine stopped to show us how to make a triangle book, members of Grow Bradford ran a stall on food foraging; a JRF researcher came to share her social action research on loneliness, and people from Peace Studies at Bradford University came to share conversation and ideas. Many people came in to tell stories of themselves, their families and their communities, many of them very personal and poignant. These can be seen on the project blog .https://wuratoastlermarket.wordpress.com and in a specially produced zine (hand made magazine).

The aim of Wur Bradford is to continue and develop these kinds of things, and to explore how through imagination and connecting we might be able to make positive change. Wur Bradford is an open space for people to come and chat, get creative, share stories and ideas, and meet others. There is no remit or outcomes for what happens – it depends who comes in and gets involved. Everyone – individuals and groups – are welcome to visit, get involved and also suggest things that could happen.

where is your bradford?
The Wur Bradford stall is at the back of Kirkgate Market, opposite Home From Home cafe and is open every Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-4 pm. It can be open at other time, if you can’t visit on these days – just get in touch with me at Jeanmariemcewan@gmail.com to arrange.

There is a dedicated blog for Wur Blog at https://wurbradford.wordpress.com where you can follow on what has been happening in the stall.

We have a food collections box for Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank in the stall, in which we are collecting donations of any non-perishable food items (more information on what to donate here ). If you are able to bring a donation when you visit, that would be amazing.

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

How Do We Get Through This?

How Do We Get Through This? your contribution needed for collaborative zine

How Do We Get Through This? your contribution needed for collaborative zine

I’m putting together a zine (a hand-made magazine) of collected thoughts/ideas/plans about how we survive and resist through the next 5 years of Tory government.
Contributions to the zine can be in words/images, or a combination of both. It can be just a few words, a sentence, or as long as you want – whatever and however you might like to share. You can email your response to me at Jeanmariemcewan@gmail.com

The deadline for contributions is 29th May. I will make and distribute as many copies of the zine as possible for free, get them out as widely as possible, and get a copy to everyone who contributes.  The print zine will be photocopied in black and white, and an e – zine will also be published online to view and download.

Why Does

Why Does: A new two part instant book work, made for Bowled Over, an exhibition showing this weekend at Willowbank Bowling Club in Glasgow, as part of the Glasgow Open House Festival.
The exhibition, curated by artist Janie Nicoll,  is open Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May 12-6pm.
Copies of the books are available to buy at the venue, Willowbank Bowling Club, 36 Dowanside Rd, Glasgow, G12 9DW.

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50 Days of Altered Postcards: Day 6

50 Days of Altered Postcards: #6

50 Days of Altered Postcards: #6

Collage on John Hinde original vintage postcard

Number 6 in a series of 50 original artworks on postcard available to buy here at £3, plus postage.

Each postcard is hand-editioned and signed in pencil on the back, and sent in a envelope along with a handwritten note of thanks.

50 Days of Altered Postcards #6

50 Days of Altered Postcards #6

50 Days of Altered Postcards

50 Days of Altered Postcards: #2

50 Days of Altered Postcards: #2

Collage on John Hinde original vintage postcard

Number 2 in a series of 50 original artworks on postcard available to buy here at £3, plus postage.

Each postcard is hand-editioned and signed in pencil on the back, and sent in a envelope along with a handwritten note of thanks.

50 Days of Altered Postcards: #2 (back)

50 Days of Altered Postcards: #2 (back)

Mark E Smith Has Seen My Zine

The Mark E Smith Pocket Zine of Wisdom

I recently received this fantastic email from someone who bought my Mark E Smith zine a while back.

 

“Hi Jean,
You probably don’t remember me. We met at a zine fair in Wharf Chambers, Leeds, a couple of years ago (2012 I think, Possibly Footprint). I purchased This Is Water #3, which Incidentally I’ve since passed onto another zine enthusiast to share the ‘consciousness’.
Anyway I was listening to ‘The Totally Wired World Of the Fall’ this evening – a 60 minute mini-doc about MES (available on BBC iPlayer for just 3 more days as it happens), and remembered I picked up a copy of the ‘MES Pocked zine of wisdom’ from a friend of yours at a later Leeds fair (you were too ill to attend). Anyway, long story short, I tried to catch Mark after a Fall gig in Wakefield to say Hi (Long Division Festival 2013) but he was busy skulking around the dressing room / backstage area of Warehouse23. His bassist came out the side door, told me Mark wouldn’t be coming out anytime soon but took your (my) zine and a pen and disappeared inside. I was delighted when he returned several minutes later with a message scrawled inside in barely legible hand writing (as you’d imagine!) “all the best!! MARK e Smith”. It’ll stay with me as long as it holds together. Thanks for creating this artifact. Keep producing – It’s the only thing you’re there for.
Phil”

I am absolutely delighted to learn that the man himself has held a copy of my wee homage to him in his own hands, and even signed it. This makes me very, very happy. Thank you Phil for getting in touch.

(If you would like your own copy of the Mark E Smith Pocket Zine of Wisdom, you can purchase it here for £1 plus postage. Maybe next time you see the man himself, you can get him to sign yours.)

Things I Found Out Walking Yesterday

Objects I found yesterday,16th April

Objects I found yesterday,16th April

Things I Found Out Walking: Thursday 16th April

Time: 9.50am
Walk: Michaela’s Walk
Weather: Light cloud, lifting
Mood: Giddy

photo of walk 16th april

Found objects in dog waste bag, label (front)

Found objects in dog waste bag, label (front)

Found objects in dog waste bag, label (back)

Found objects in dog waste bag, label (back)

List of objects:
Piece of twine
Roof slate, fragment
Daffodil head, squashed
Stick with white paint