‘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/

Wur Bradford

everybody is creative

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.

wur bradford entrance

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.

where is your bradford?
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.

Wur Bradford was made possible by Two28, Bradford Markets and Bradford Council. Grateful thanks their generous support.