‏Create Connect Make

Create Connect Make

Create Connect Make

‏Create Connect Make is a year-long creative action research project with Jean McEwan, arts organisation The Leap  and Keighley Library to develop and test new creative ideas and activities with communities in Keighley.

The project began in Autumn 2021 and through collaboration between Library staff and volunteers with local people and artists, aims to strengthen and showcase partnerships, and empower local people to lead on cultural events and activities.

To Wander is to Adventure

To Wander is to Adventure

To wander is to adventure

“When we see things like shadows, colour, leaves. We listen to things, really simple things; water, birds, waterfalls. We notice more things.”

To Wander is To Adventure is an ongoing collaboration between Purple Patch Arts and artists Jean McEwan and Chemaine Cooke from Wur Bradford grassroots arts project working with adults with learning disabilities to explore creative and mindful ways to walk.

For 18 months, To Wander is to Adventure took place in Oastler Market, Bradford, exploring its spaces and making connections with its communities.

In 2020, the project was adapted to continue over Zoom, where a new group of participants were introduced to mindfulness, mindful walking techniques and creative practices.

In early 2021, the group were supported to co-create digital mindfulness resources to share their experiences and learning with others, as well as building their skills in creating and leading their own creative mindful activities.

The group are now meeting both online and in person for seasonal walks in nature in West Yorkshire to further develop their skills and experience.

Covid Realities: It’s Our Story

Covid Realities: It’s Our Story

covid realities: it's our story

‏Jean supported the making of a collective zine with Covid Realities a research project working alongside parents and carers to document and share experiences of life on a low-income during Covid-19.

The zine, made in Spring 2021 with people from across the UK through a series of online workshops, was a space for participants to creatively explore and reflect on their experiences during the pandemic, as well as a means to communicate what needs to change, and why.



Collisions is a new book of photocollage work by Jean, made in collaboration with and published by Gordian Projects

The book presents recent collage work, interspersed with a conversation between Brian Lewis of Longbarrow Press, Jean and Tom Rodgers, co-editor at Gordian Projects.

Collisions was launched at Bread and Roses in Bradford in February 2020, to coincide with an exhibition of Jean’s work.

The book can be purchased online and in Bradford at: 

Exhibition at
Bread and Roses

Exhibition at Bread and Roses

An exhibition of Jean’s collage, zines and prints is currently showing in Bread and Roses cafe space in Bradford till Saturday 7th March 2020. The cafe is open Monday–Saturday 10am–4pm.  All work is for sale.

Exhibition event:
Saturday 7th March 2–4pm: Crafty Minds Collage Session: come and collage with Jean! All materials provided, or bring your own if you have things you’d like to use.

Drop in, suitable for all abilities.

Event information here:

Facebook: Crafty Minds