‘If we women walk in synergy’: visual notes from activist women in Bradford


Some visual notes made from  ‘International Activism‘ an event I attended recently in Bradford, the first public event hosted by the new Speakers’ Corner Collective ‘a social space co-run by women and young girls from Bradford and it’s surrounding areas’.

The event featured  four women who all spoke incredibly powerfully and eloquently about their activist activities: Sasha Bhat from Kashmir Solidarity MovementSamayya Afzal who spoke about the recent Bradford Vigil for Aleppo with the Syrian Association of Yorkshire , Jane Gregory from Bradford Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Kongosi Mussanzi from Bradford Congo Campaign.  Samayya Afzal commented afterwards that ‘the solidarity between everyone and the causes was amazing’. It really was.

I’m looking for ways to both reflect on, and document the words I hear from people who are trying to make change in a very difficult world. Rather than leave the words I wrote down from these inspiring women in my notebook, where only I see them, I have made them into a collage in a sketchbook,  and am sharing them in the hope they inspire others as much as they did me, and help in a small way to help build the solidarity we need to in these incredibly challenging times.


Postcards From Bradford: free creative workshop at Wur Bradford this Thursday

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Postcards From Bradford

Do you have a message from or about Bradford?
Come along to our free workshop to create your own unique Bradford postcard using drawing, collage, photography or mixed media with your own message from or about our city.

All materials are provided but feel free to bring any of your own.

Free, all welcome!

You can find us at:
Wur Bradford art stall (opposite Home From Home cafe)
Kirkgate Market

This event is the first in a series of creative workshops at Wur Bradford art stall at Kirkgate Market running over the winter period, supported by Bradford Council and Bradford Markets
To see details of our other events, visit https://wurbradford.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/upcoming-creative-workshops/

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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Call for contributions: International Womens Day Zine

Jean McEwan, collage on paper, 2014

Jean McEwan, collage on paper, 2014

I got really inspired today after reading about some of the amazing ways people are marking and celebrating International Womens Day (tomorrow, Sunday 8th March) from following the #IWD hashtag on Twitter. It occurred to me while I was reading these at work this afternoon that I should also do something to celebrate the day.
As I am an obsessive zinemaker, a zine seems the obvious choice, and being the serial collaborator I am, and always liking to play with other people, I thought it would be really good to invite other people to make it with me.
So this is me, asking you if you would like to contribute a page to a collective zine celebrating International Womens Day. I really like the idea of a bunch of people making a zine together on the same day but in different places.
It can be anything in response to IWD – words,images, or a combination of both. Contributions can be serious, funny, personal, political, whatever feels right to you. I’ll probably do a collage but you can do whatever you want. All humans are welcome to contribute. Everyone who contributes will receive a free copy of the zine. The zine will be in A5 portrait size, and photocopied in black in white, so the only rules are that your contributions fits onto one A5 sheet of paper and that you are happy that it will be in black and white. You cam make your contribution, whatever it is, by hand or via computer, and can either send it via email, to me at Jeanmariemcewan@gmail.com, or if you prefer, post it to me at 63 Nelson Street, Cross Roads, Keighley BD22 9EA.
Get your contributions to me by Friday 13th March, and I will put the zine together the following week. Let me know your address when you are sending me your contribution.
Thanks, and happy IWD everyone!