As Arts on Campus refined what we were trying to do and get our strategy in order it became apparent that we would be leaving gaps in what went on at the University of Bradford. To rectify this money was found (£15,000 in 2011/12) and a Cultural Fund was created that would allow students and staff at the University to bid into for projects that broadened the cultural 'give' here.
These projects, the ones that staff and students particularly want to see happen, are submitted to the Arts Advisory Committee annually, after discussion with Theatre in the Mill (and Arts on Campus) staff, and the successful ones announced in August.
We particularly support outward looking bids, ones that, whilst they might be campus based, have an impact on the city as a whole or allow the staff and students here to explore outside the campus. We believe that the support we have given has made a big difference.
In total 16 applications were made to the committee for the year 2011/12 with bids totalling over £42,000 and the committee were keen to praise both the high quality and diversity of applications received and felt that they reflected very well on the University.
Live Music Saturdaysubmitted by Rachelle Hunt (Media and Entertainments Officer Student Union) which was awarded funding for sound equipment to enable a six month programme of live music in Student Central on Saturday evenings
· International Student Engagement submitted by Michael Allhouse (SLED Engagement Unit) which was awarded funding for a year long programme of multi-cultural events to support both international students greater understanding of British culture and to celebrate their own.
· Inspiring Film submitted by Annie Draniewicz (Student Union) for a programme of international film presentations in Student Central.
· Hidden Bradford submitted by Kate Wellham (MarComms) for the creation and upkeep of a website that reflected positively on the city and district.
· Living Well at The Green submitted by Emma Griffiths (Office of the VC) for a programme of visual arts that connects students living in the Green and our wider communities by exploring sustainability and the diversity of plants, places and cultures.
· Black History Month submitted by Samayya Afzal (Black and Minority Ethic Students Officer Student Union) for a programme of cultural events, talks and external visits throughout the month of October
· RAMAir submitted by Ian Thurlfield (RAMAir) towards an equipment upgrade to ensure the high level of service provided to students
· Bradford in Scrap submitted by Chris Wilson (Students Union) to fund a series of visual arts workshops bringing together students and local schools to explore concepts of sustainability through scrap art.