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University of Bradford Music and Visual Arts Spring/Summer 2018

Testing / Reflecting / Planning 

For the first part of 2018 Gallery II and Tasmin Little Music Centre will be reflecting on the first phase of research and development of a Centre for Socially Applied Arts.

18 - 24 June, 2018

Bradford Refugee Week

Refugee week 2018 poster

Download the programme (pdf)

Bradford Refugee Week 2018 leaflet


Plastered Skulls

Archaeology meets end-of-life care

How do different people navigate death, dying and bereavement? How did people deal with it in the past? And what difference can archaeology make to these difficult conversations? A forthcoming exhibition at Gallery II (11am-4pm Mon 14th to Fri 18 May, with Death Cafe events on Tuesday 15th May (2-3pm) and Thursday 17th May (12-1pm) sheds light on some of these tricky topics…

The Continuing Bonds Project is an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded collaboration between archaeologists and those working in end-of-life care at the University of Bradford and LOROS Hospice in Leicester ( For the last two years we have been evaluating whether archaeology can facilitate discussions and challenge preconceptions around death, dying and bereavement. During Dying Matters Awareness Week (14th-20th May 2018; the Continuing Bonds Project exhibition at Gallery II explores some of the archaeological materials used during the project, and the reactions of healthcare professionals from different walks of life. Delve into the death practices of the past, get involved in the conversation by adding your own thoughts to our co-creative exhibits, or simply drop by and leave us a hand print!

continuing bonds exhibition flyer

Karol Wyszynski - Give Us a Hand

Drop in Activity at Gallery II, Chesham Building, University of Bradford
Tuesday 2 - 3pm and various times week beginning 19th March (Follow @braduniarts on Twitter and Instagram for updates). 

As part of our Arts labs programme Gallery II will be working with award winning photographer Karol Wyszynski towards an artist residency. Karol will be in the Gallery gathering anecdotes about identity and place, through an invitation to have your hand scanned and photographed. These images will create a growing display in the Gallery and provide the starter material for a longer term photography project. Please come by and say hello!

Karol Wyszynski  

Karol Wyszynski is an award-winning freelance professional photographer specialising in event and people photography. He holds a BA (Hons) Photography from Bradford School of Art and has previously done high-quality photography commissions for ShortList Magazine, Sharing Voices Bradford and BCB Radio.

His photos have also regularly been featured in Gazeta Polonijna North, HowDo?! Magazine, The Bradford Review, and featured in a number of exhibitions. In 2013 he received an award for poetic effect at Liberated Words II Film Festival.


We Are Here (throughout Feb/March)

We Are Here is a 6-month interdisciplinary, collaborative programme by art collective Wur Bradford of social research, workshops and activities culminating in a two day event, a community radio show and series of zines to map and celebrate Bradford’s historic Oastler Market and its users. Gallery II will be helping to evaluate and reflect on the project as it’s happening, bringing in artists and other practitioners to feed into the conversations.

See and for details and updates

We Are Here

UnCentre (April - May)

Following 18 months of research and testing towards a Centre for Socially Applied Arts, Gallery II will be used as a space to bring together materials and learning from this to evaluate, attend to gaps and blindspots, and ask questions about what a Centre for Socially Applied Arts at University of Bradford could be. Archive materials, as well as documentation from projects and labs will be available to browse. There will also be a participatory mapping exercise to illustrate potential art and research partnerships in the University, City and beyond. The drop in centre will be accompanied by a series of tales and events and a publication. 

Watch this space for further details and updates.

The bRadford Thing


As well as these projects we will provide space/curatorial advice to: 

- Karol Wycynski who is testing a residency about migration journeys and being a new arrival in Bradford

- Artist Ping Kelly who is establishing an artist-in-residence at the University of Bradford’s Digital Health Enterprise Zone Academic Centre

- Artist and educator Jo Booth who is working with the University’s permanent art collection.

- Bradford Refugee Week for their exhibition in the City Centre.

- A Bradford Sound Map project with Lukas Hornby, Chris Hladowski and Holly Jarvis

- The Tasmin Little Music Centre will continue to be the home for Bradford University Music Society and to host Bradford Scratch Orchestra. 

 We will also be presenting performances as part of the M@BU programme including Bradford Threadfest and UnCommons events. Keep an eye on and for updates.


Projects include:

‘In 50 Years’ (throughout Jan / Feb)

A partnership with South Square Centre working with students from Beckfoot Thornton secondary school to imagine what life could be like in 50 years time and what role an arts and community centre could play in that using VR and 360 Video technology.

See and for details and updates.


The Ward (w/c Feb 19)

As part of LGBT history month artist, activist and educator Colin Lloyd and artist, illustrator and activist Alan Richardson will be bringing renowned artist/photographer Gideon Mendel’s photo-essay The Ward to Gallery II, with an accompanying series of events.

Free entry. Open Monday 19th February - Saturday 24th February 11am - 5pm.

Accompanying events:
Monday 19th of February: Older and Bolder Gay Group will be visiting to discuss the exhibitions content and its relation to their own experiences and memories of gay culture in Bradford.
Tuesday 20th of February at 2 pm there will be walk and talk through the Ward, with Colin Lloyd coordinator of the residency.
Wednesday, Older and Wilder visit (to be confirmed).
Thursday 22nd of February, 2 pm, open discussion about the Hard Copy exhibition content and how to conserve archives of street posters such as this, all welcome.
Friday 23rd February, 2pm, A live broadcast with Bradford Community Radio will take place in the gallery on the themes of both exhibitions, with members of what was Bradford Gay Switchboard and guests. All welcome.
Saturday 24th, its Gay Disco time! As part of celebrating LGBT+ history month, disco classics, old and new, come along and Feel Love and Feel Mighty Real! Brick Box, Ivegate, 8 till late.

The Ward

Between Eating and Sleeping (w/c Feb 26th)

Artist and researcher Toby Phips Lloyd’s project is part of his practice-based PhD research into attitudes towards work (paid and unpaid labour) and the value of free-time. The exhibition includes an A3 Risograph poster, hand painted wall texts and a series of events including discussion based workshops, a formal talk, a musical performance and a film screening. and for details and updates.

logos - paul coldwell