‏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.

Growing Cultures

Growing Cultures

Jean is working with Kirklees Council via their Temporary Contemporary initiative in an ongoing public creative consultation project, ‘Growing Cultures’, engaging with people in Queensgate Market in Huddersfield to explore and test ideas for culture in the district.

The project, designed and carried out by Jean, based in Huddersfield’s Kirkgate Market, invites people to imagine, dream and talk about what tomorrow’s culture in Kirklees could be and look like, via a wide range of creative activities, from seed planting to zine making, mapping, and conversations. Jean will begin a new phase of the project in May 2020, details to be announced via the Creative Kirklees website  later in the Spring.

Jean previously worked with Kirklees Council Creative Economy team in 2016 on the ‘Postcards From the Future’ project

Wur Bradford

Wur Bradford

Jean is founder of ‘Wur Bradford’ (“Wur’ means ‘our or ‘we are’) a responsive grassroots arts project begun in 2015, which explores the connections between imagination, community and social change with people. Jean was joined in 2016 by fellow artists Chemaine Cooke and Uzma Kazi, who together make up the core team behind the project.

Wur Bradford has worked extensively with many individuals, communities and organisations in the city, from open projects with people in public spaces to focussed projects with particular groups.

Wur regularly work in partnership with and for other organisations around Bradford and have delivered projects with Bradford Council, Impressions Gallery, South Square Gallery, The Brick Box, and University of Bradford. Wur regularly participate in major Bradford events such as Bradford Refugee Week, WOW Bradford (Spirit of 2012) and were part of University of Bradford’s Gallery II ‘Full Scale: Art’s Use in the Real World’ – an international exhibition in 2017 around socially engaged practices.

Their work has gained national interest resulting in invitations to speak at conferences and events such as Counter Art Book Fair, Plymouth; Engage conference, Ruthin, North Wales among others and have been featured in the Guardian Culture Professional.

To see more about Wur Bradford’s work and projects, visit the project blog

Some of Wur Bradford’s projects have included:

Open weekly sessions in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market 2015-2018: collaboratively doing everything from creative workshops to skills sharing, discussion events, art parties, self- publishing fairs as well as helping to creating campaign materials and organising actions.

Power Up Creative Resistance: (2017) a year-long action research project in partnership with University of Bradford Peace Hub and funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, exploring the connections between art and activism with people in the city.

Free Our Streets: a commission to work with community groups to co-produce visual campaign materials for a multi agency campaign combatting sexual harassment with partners Bradford Council, Restorative Solutions, West Yorkshire Police, Bradford College, the University of Bradford and the Bradford Hate Crime Alliance.

WE ARE HERE: 2018: a project documenting the stories and communities of the city’s Oastler Market via a programme of guided walks and events in collaboration with market traders, funded by Arts Council England. A concurrent exhibition of the project was presented at Kala Sangam April – June 2018.

To Wander is To Adventure is an ongoing collaboration between Wur Bradford, Purple Patch Arts and adults with learning disabilities exploring mindful and creative ways to walk. find out more:

Facebook: @wurbradford

Twitter: @wurbradford

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My Next Chapter for Creatives

My Next Chapter for Creatives

Jean co-delivers My Next Chapter For Creatives, a space for creative people to think and plan for what’s next, alongside coach and facilitator Bev Morton.

Jean and Bev met in late 2016 in Bradford, and instantly hit it off. Having much in common, including a shared ethos and commitment to creating meaningful spaces for people to explore what’s important to them, as well as a love for collage and all things print, they knew they were meant to work together. Over many conversations and joint creativity, they developed the My Next Chapter For Creatives programme, a personal and professional development programme which provides a meaningful space for artists to examine where they are, where they have been and where they want to go.

Jean and Bev have co-devised methods which provide an immersive and focussed space for making, thinking and talking alongside a supportive community of creative peers.

My Next Chapter for Creatives empowers participants to stay aligned to their own creative growth, challenge the conventional paradigm of what it means to be creative and reshape the way in which we live and work as artists.

If you’d like to find out more about the programme, visit the My Next Chapter website or email Jean at Jean@mynextchapter.org.uk