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.
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.
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.