Wur Bradford is an art and social space in a Kirkgate Market stall, aiming to explore how we can make our city better through imagination and collective action.
The project is run by Scots-born and now Bradford-based artist and organiser Jean McEwan. ‘Wur’ in her native Scotland is slang for ‘our’ or ‘we are’. Jean is interested in the connections between ‘I’ and ‘we’ and in how creativity can connect and empower us. She says, “I’m drawn to connecting with others and to learning with and from people with different knowledge, skills, and backgrounds to my own. I believe that making connections with others is the way we expand ourselves and make change in the world possible.”
The idea for Wur Bradford developed from Jean’s two week residency in Oastler Market last summer, during which many unexpected acts of creativity and reciprocity emerged – an impromptu gallery sprang up and people visited daily to contribute artwork. People took images from and added to the collage table, and brought food for the Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank donations box. Many people came in to tell stories of themselves, their families and their communities, lots of them very personal and poignant.
The aim of Wur Bradford is to continue and develop these acts of sharing and generosity. Wur Bradford is an open space for people to come and chat, get creative, share stories and ideas, and meet others. There’s no remit or outcomes for what happens – it depends who comes in and gets involved. Everyone – individuals and groups – is welcome to visit, get involved and suggest things that could happen.
The Wur Bradford stall is at the back of Kirkgate Market, near the Westgate entrance, opposite Home From Home cafe and is open every Tuesday and Thursday 10-4pm, until August.