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New arts on campus season 'first-class' despite era of Arts Funding cuts looming

13 September 10

The Arts on Campus team at the University of Bradford are proud to be launching a new and exciting season based around the values of quality, adventure and interpretation.

Head of Arts at the University, Iain Bloomfield, said: "Arts on Campus are presenting a first-class season.  Even at time of cuts the arts team at the University are committed to championing the vision of high-quality artists and their practice. We believe in the fundamental importance of culture to this country and there is no better way of demonstrating that than by programming with confidence and adventure."

Gallery II

This year Gallery II will exhibit the latest etchings by Paula Rego, one of the most celebrated artists currently living in Britain.  The exhibition is open until Friday 15 October and offers a rare opportunity to see Rego's work outside London.

Later in the year Gallery II will present a new collaborative piece based on dementia research by Ruth Bartlett from the School of Health Studies at the University.  The exhibition visually maps the process of working in collaboration with a study participant, visual sociologist and professional cartoonist through an interactive storyboard drawn directly on to the gallery walls.

Theatre in the Mill

Highlights in the programme for Theatre in the Mill include some of the most inspirational spoken word in the north of England through WordLife - a UK Tour of South African and British Poets.  The season also features fabulous local musicians Jon Gomm and Jacqui Wicks, who are poles apart in style but linked by invention and soul.

Theatre in the Mill presents two new commissions as part of our Development Lab@Theatre in the Mill programme; new writing from the irrepressible Mark Catley and storytelling/performance art from Jane Packman.   'Open Space' offers artists the opportunity to play with new ideas or new ways of working and there are opportunities to join in.

Tasmin Little Music Centre

Tasmin Little Music Centre brings Bradford together through music; linking community music making and participation with opportunities to experience diverse and high quality performances. This season offers a diverse showcase of Pakistani, Polish and Eastern European music from communities who have made the city their home for over 60 years. Taking in Qawwali Singing, new trends in Asian Pop, the delicate and moving piano compositions of Fryderyk Chopin and a rare opportunity to discover the polyphonic (multi-layered) melodies of Georgian Monastic songs and folk music. Come and dip into the musical heritage of the region.

Iain said:  "This season provides an opportunity for everyone to see something different each time they join us on campus.  We invest in artists making exciting new work and this season is no exception."

To see what is on offer this season click here

13 September 10

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