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Pack your Picnic and take a day trip out to Bradford

16 June 10

DAYTRIPPERS BRADFORD is series of three daytime art events happening in the city centre in June, August and October, 2010.

The aim of the events is to reach out to members of the public in Bradford who may not have been to any of the arts venues in the centre of Bradford and help people discover the range of fantastic, fun, free daytime art activities available in city centre venues.

The June 'Daytrippers' event will take place from 11am to 5pm across the city centre on Friday 18th June and includes artists talks, workshops, and walking tours of the city centre, taking in Kala Sangam and Bradford Cathedral and a minibus excursion to the Yorkshire Craft Centre, Delius Arts & Cultural Centre and Bradford University's Gallery II. 

Daytrippers will also be treated to a special "silent" Sound Walk, and for kids there will be an opportunity to take part in a giant pavement drawing in Centenary Square. Bradford 1 Gallery is holding a Drawing the City drop-in workshop in their studio area where families can also pick up an Impressions Gallery Trail activity sheet, and take a break in the picnic pit stop.

The Daytrippers event also marks the opening of Fabric's new 'Pop Up' arts space, in-between Markaz and Starbucks in Centenary Square, with a number of exhibitions: 'Hidden Treasures' is an exhibition of photographs of hidden or unnoticed trails, pathways and walks. Visitors are encouraged to guess where the pictures have been taken and mark it on a big city centre map. There’s also a moving image piece by Simon Ford and a model of the planned City Park will also be on display.

Caroline Hick, Fellow in Visual Arts at Gallery II, University of Bradford, who initiated the Daytripper project said: "Bradford has so much to offer in terms of free daytime arts activities and this project aims to show the variety of different places and things to see and do. Hidden treasures is a term that could apply to some of the places we will be taking people to - if you don't know it's there, you may never find out! This is an opportunity for people to come and play out in the city and to feel good about what we have to offer here, as well as a chance to take part in celebrating our creativity."

To find out more about this event, and the events taking place in August and October, visit

Note to editors:

Daytrippers Bradford is a collaborative project between Bradford 1 Gallery, Bradford Playhouse, The Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, Fabric, Gallery II, Impressions Gallery, Kala Sangam, National Media Museum, the Yorkshire Craft Centre and Bradford Cathedral and with kind support from Bradford Metropolitan City Council.

For further information, contact Shelagh Ward, Cultural Projects Officer, The Yorkshire Craft Centre. Tel: 01274 433327, email:

For media information, please contact the University of Bradford press office on 01274 233089.

16 June 10

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Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.