We Are Here

We Are Here was a Wur Bradford project with Jean McEwan and Chemaine Cooke which celebrated and documented Bradford’s Oastler Market and it’s history, stories, people and communities, in collaboration with BCB Community Radio and market traders. The project took place in 2018 and was funded by Arts Council England Jean and Chemaine ran creative guided walks around the market, including walks with children, parents and teachers from a local nursery, and recorded stories from market traders and visitors which became the inspiration for two celebration events on 21st and 28th April featuring poetry, live music, DJing, a brand new theatre performance from poet Kirsty Taylor, guided walks, a print exhibition, ‘zines, drawing workshops, a live radio broadcast and more. 


The project involved 20 artists and 100 community participants, and the events attracted 750 extra visitors and a digital and broadcast audience of 30,000.

A concurrent exhibition showcasing the project took place at Kala Sangam Arts Centre in Bradford.

Jean and Chemaine continue to work regularly in the Oastler, hosting guided walks and other creative activities, and will be working with Purple Patch Arts to run a walking project there with adults with learning disabilities in Autumn 2019.