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Information about previous events held at Gallery II

Subveillance: Trailer Screenings and Drop-in

Saturday 3rd Sept 10am - 4pm: Drop in session at Gallery II to share materials; or do so online at 

This exhibition focuses on the alternative and counter-cultural activity in and around University of Bradford over the course of half a century, where art has been a means to surveil and speak back to institutions of power whilst creating grassroots networks of mutual support and security.

Curator Helen Kaplinsky has gathered together stories and materials from individuals and organisations related to the University - many alumni and staff - that give an insight into a radical and pioneering side to Bradford’s cultural history where the status quo has been challenged through an alliance between art and activism.

During the course of the exhibition visitors are invited, via texts by artist writer Claire Potter to 'share' here and 'purge' here personal archives in relation to Bradford's history over the past 50 years. An active archive within the gallery and online will consider how the sharing and withholding of data - ‘online’ and ‘IRL’ - marks endeavours for individual and collective security now and in the future. Helen Kaplinsky will be hosting a drop in session on Saturday 3rd September between 10am and 4pm if you would like to share material. 


 Don't Trust Menwith Balls Screenshot

Trailer exhibition and screening in Gallery II - Monday 5th – Tuesday 6th Sept (11am - 5pm daily) as part of the Peace Studies Adam Curle Symposium. You can also bring materials during this time.

As part of the Peace Studies Adam Curle conference 5th/6th September.

Gallery II display 'WoMenwith': trailer display for Subveillance, 50 years of the University of Bradford from below' at Gallery II, University of Bradford

Archive materials relating to WoMenwith Hill Womyn's Peace Camp from Bradford Peace Museum and Feminist Archive North will form a trailer display in early September to coincide with the Adam Curle Peace Studies symposium (5-6th September). Since 1966 Menwith Hill , has been used by US National Security Agency (NSA) as a ground station for a number of ‘golfballs’, as they are often called, containing satellite receiving dishes. Activists, including students and staff from the Peace Studies department have been involved in holding to account the spying on private phone calls, emails and faxes from military base near Harrogate, North Yorkshire bringing to the fore contemporary debates concerning data sharing.


‘Embodying and Immersing in ‘Security Theatre’. Monday 5th September, 1.30-2.45pm

Curator Helen Kaplinsky is chairing the panel ‘Embodying and Immersing in ‘Security Theatre’ including contributions from peace activist Lindis Percy, archivist Brooke Palmieri and female trapeze group ‘Skinning the Cat’. Book your place on the Adam Curle symposium here:

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Opening of India’s Gateway: Textiles and Threads.

Thursday 24 March, 5 - 7pm. Gallery II Chesham Building, University of Bradford.

Opening of India’s Gateway: Textiles and Threads with an introduction from Tim Smith and an opportunity to share and contribute stories about Gujarat and the UK.  Free Admission.  No booking required.

Arts on Campus in partnership with Bradford Museums and Galleries present

Printmaking in Changing Contexts

Thursday 30th April at Cartwright Hall, Bradford. 1 - 3 pm.

Postcapitalism and a World Without Work - Talk with Nick Srnicek plus live music from F.A.L.C.O and War Lass 

Friday 13th November, 7pm at The 1 in 12 Club 

An afternoon discussion about printmaking, past, present and future.

Please join us for an afternoon considering printmaking practices past, present and future with an artist talk by Paul Coldwell to coincide with his current exhibition at Gallery II, University of Bradford, and a panel of invited guests including artists and educators from the region and beyond.

What is the history of printmaking in Bradford and The North and what is its legacy today? How have wider economic and social shifts changed the value and meaning of printmaking as an art practice? How have ‘traditional’ processes and crafts responded to the shift into the digital and immaterial age? What range of applications for printmaking are artists finding today, and what form might they in the future?

You are warmly invited to reflect on these topics and more along with June Russell (artist), Manya Donaque (artist and lecturer - Bradford College), Colin Lloyd (artist and educator - Manchester Metropolitan University), Amber Smith (director of Leeds Print Festival and lecturer - Leeds College of Art), Javaad Alipoor (writer and theatre director), Luke Drozd (artist and illustrator) and more. There will also be opportunity to see Cartwright Hall’s print collection.

Hosted by Sonja Kielty (Curator, Exhibitions, Bradford Museums and Galleries)

and Andy Abbott (artist and Fellow in Music, University of Bradford)  

The event is FREE ENTRY but spaces will be limited so please RSVP: 01274 431212, 

Paul Coldwell's exhibition Material Things: Sculpture and Prints runs until 7th May 2015.

Made possible with support from Arts Council England, University of Bradford and Bradford MDC.

Paul Coldwell exhibition image 1 Paul Coldwell exhibition image 2

(images by Yvonne Carmichael)

logos - paul coldwell logo - Bradford council

Screening Disability

27 November, 16-18.30, free but booking necessary.

Screening Disability Biometrika 1

Film still, Biometrika (1987, 11 mins) Simon Robertshaw

An afternoon exploring artist's approaches to questions of impairment in four moving-image works. These four films seek to engage critically with the history and politics of disablement and the politics of its representation. The afternoon of films will be followed by an informal discussion between Dr Alison Wilde (Leeds Beckett University), Dr Tom Campbell (University of Leeds), and Prof. Colin Barnes (University of Leeds). Gallery II is delighted to welcome these respondents whose activism and research has played central roles in the Disabled People's Movement and its dissemination.

The films are as follows

Biometrika (1987, 11 mins) Simon Robertshaw

Impossible (1995, 5 mins) Sophie Outram 

Denial (1996, 6 mins) Ann Whitehurst and Mike Stubbs

Outside In (1981, 105 mins) Steve Dwoskin 

Screening Disability Impossible 1

Film still, Impossible 1995 (5 mins), Sophie Outram

This event has been programmed in association with Disability History Month. For more information about the full programme please click here for details. With thanks to Gill Cockburn, Disability Officer and co-chair of n-able, Disability Service, University of Bradford and Ann Whitehurst

Exceed Schools and Gallery II present Art and Identity 

5 November, 11 - 11.45, open and free to all

Come to Gallery II to receive a 'guided tour' of the exhibition by pupils who have created large canvases about cultural identity and diversity. This event is in collaboration with Nadia Hussain, Leader of Extended Learning and Services with Exceed Schools in the district of Bradford. The children created the artwork with Sabiha Hussain and Anisa Hussain of Threads of Inspiration. 


Photo courtesy George Ntoumas 


Jai Bhim Comrade (2012, 182 min) screening

24 September, 4-8 pm, National Media Museum, £5.50, £4.00 concessions

'For thousands of years India’s Dalits were abhorred as “untouchables,” denied education and treated as bonded labour. By 1923 Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won doctorates abroad and fought for the emancipation of his people. He drafted India’s Constitution, led his followers to discard Hinduism for Buddhism. His legend still spreads through poetry and song. In 1997 a statue of Dr. Ambedkar in a Dalit colony in Mumbai was desecrated with footwear. As angry residents gathered, police opened fire killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet, hung himself in protest. Jai Bhim Comrade shot over 14 years, follows the poetry and music of people like Vilas and marks a subaltern tradition of reason that, from the days of the Buddha, has fought superstition and religious bigotry.'

Anand Patwardhan  

The screening will be followed by a talk and Q&A with Amy Charlesworth and Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of The Otolith Collective. Please note this talk has been postponed but the screening of Jai Bhim Comrade will still take place at 4pm. 

This event is part of the exhibition A Cinema of Songs and People at Gallery II, 18 September - 9 October 2014 

Leeds United! (1974) screening

8 June, 2.30-5pm, free, Hyde Park Picture House in collaboration with Pavilion

In collaboration Pavilion curator of arts, Gallery II, Amy Charlesworth presents a screening of Leeds–United!, produced in 1974 as a BBC Play for Today that depicts an industrial dispute in the Leeds clothing trade.

Leeds–United! reconstructs a 1970 strike in which 30,000 Leeds workers, mostly women, came out for a gender-equal shilling-per-hour increase, but were controversially undermined by their own union. Written by Colin Welland, directed by Roy Battersby and featuring Lynne Perrie, Elizabeth Spriggs and Lori Wells, the film was praised for its use of Leeds locations and its handling of crowd scenes involving hundreds of locals, including many of the 1970 strikers.

The screening is organised as part of an ongoing project with Justice for Domestic Workers, a self-organised group of migrant domestic workers who campaign for their rights and welfare in the UK. In 2013 the London-based group extended its activity to Leeds.

The event will include an introduction by Amy Charlesworth and Gill Park and representatives from Justice for Domestic Workers. It is generously supported by the Hyde Park Picture House, as part of the cinema's centenary celebrations. It is programmed as part of Hannah Festival 2014.

With thanks to the BBC and Colin Welland for making this screening possible.

Tickets: free but donations welcome.
Book online or email
At: Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD


Leeds United film still  

Image: Mender, Margaret Pritchard, at work in the mending department of J & S Rhodes' Prospect Mill, Morely, 1965. Image courtesy of Leodis and David Atkinson Archive

Members of the Cast - Reading of a Short Story by Sean Ashton

Tuesday 11 March, 6 - 7 pm, Gallery II, free and open to all

‘Members of the Cast’ is an imagined conversation between the director of ‘Group Photo’ and its protagonists. Read by Alyson Marks, Ashton’s story presents a scenario in which the actors, rather than being asked to ‘perform’ for the camera, are required merely to exist for it. Sean was specially invited by Claire Hope, as part of the Gallery II ‘Group Photo’ commission to produce a text to be read publicly in response to the project.

Sean Ashton is a writer of fiction and criticism. A regular contributor to Art Review, his recent essays and stories include ‘Post-Avant-garde Provocation’, in the book Provocation (Transmission, 2012), and ‘Mr Heggarty Goes Down’ in the forthcoming issue of the philosophy journal Collapse (Vol. VIII). He is the author of the book Sunsets and Dogshits (Alma, 2007), a collection of reviews of imaginary cultural phenomena. 

Claire Hope

Image: video still Group Photo, courtesy of artist, Claire Hope

Members of the Cast from Claire Hope on Vimeo.

Collecting, Memory and Representation: A discussion with artist Lubaina Himid (MBE)

Wednesday 30 October, 2 - 4 pm, Gallery II

Unbelonging Lubaina Himid.

'Leave the State of Unbelonging', from the series Kangas From the Lost Sample Book, 2011, courtesy of the artist.

An informal talk which discussed museum/gallery collections and their relationship with history, memory and hidden experiences.

- What are the complexities of collecting beyond buying artworks and artefacts?
- What kind of histories do museums reproduce through their collections?
- How do museum collections contribute to cultural memory?

With: Amy Charlesworth (Curator of Art, Gallery II), Prof. Lubaina Himid (MBE) (contemporary artist), Ella S. Mills (art history PhD candidate and teacher), and Pamela Crawford (musician/artist/art historian)

Participant Biographies

Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid is a contemporary British artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire.  Prof. Himid's recent exhibitions include the timely and significant Thin Black Line(s) at Tate Britain in 2012, where she presented a selection of artworks she curated in the early 1980s.  These were the first shows in Britain to exclusively exhibit Black women artists and 'marked the arrival on the British art scene of a radical generation of young Black and Asian women artists who challenged their collective invisibility in the art world.'

Ella S. Mills 
Ella Mills' research focuses on the British women artists of African, Caribbean and Asian parentage, who were the major force in developing what has become known as the 1980s British Black Art Movement.  She is currently working on a book of interviews with six women artists who began their careers during that period.  The book explores how these women challenged the spaces in which they were educated, negotiated the spaces in which they could work, confronted the spaces in which they were represented, and were forced to create their own spaces in which to speak.

Pamela Crawford
Has worked as a session musician (with the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Maxi Priest and Soul II Soul amongst others), occupational therapist and fine artist.  Working with Bradford Integrated Youth service she assisted in the curatorship of the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery's Romani Exhibition and organised a related workshop for young Roma living in Bradford.