Bradford Producing Hub have supported nine talented local artists which is supported by Bradford2025.
This is a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase and develop new exciting performances which is part of the Make Work scheme.
After a competitive application process and over 100 applications, 9 projects have been funded, with an amazing total of £81,000.
BPH is a three-year pilot project to test new approaches to producing live arts, supporting creative talent and developing the local arts sector that is funded by Arts Council England.
Make Work grants are a new strand of subsidy, representing an investment of £81,000 into new live arts in the district.
This gives artists the chance to thrive and excite local audiences where Make Work will be supporting and showcasing Bradford’s creative voices- reimagining the city as a thriving hub for performance.
The Make Work recipients were chosen with the help of BPH’s Creativity Council – a group of 20 local people enlisted to make choices about what cultural output they want to see in the city. Exploring new ways of making sure that everyone in Bradford can make and experience live performance, the group was integral in the decision-making process.
Awarded projects include:
The Bull and The Moon, directed by Carlos Pons Guerra, DeNada – about the importance of dancing to your own tune, regardless of gender.
Hidden Winter by SBC Theatre and The Herd – co-created with children from Bradford’s Sanctuary Seeking community.
A Compendium of Mythical Beasts, Cecil Green Arts – A outdoor puppetry experience involving local communities.
Full English, Bent Architect in association with Natalie Davies – a theatre piece exploring mixed race identity,
Kooghi by Kauser Mukhtar – celebrating the literature & culture of Azad Kashmir.
Destination Bradford by Adam Hughes and Margot Przymierska – exploring the history of Bradford’s Eastern European community.
Intercultured by Mussarat Rahman, in collaboration with BIASAN – a live art mini-festival exploring the stories of sanctuary seekers
Thyme Café by Kerry Wright – a comedy-drama exploring family and the prison system.
A Love Story on Leeds Road by Kamal Kaan and Dominic Leclerc – a love story set on Leeds Road, encompassing theatre and film
Natalie Davies, Full English, Bent Architect in association with Natalie Davies said: “This grant support from the Bradford Producing Hub will allow us to get our ideas off the page to make work.”
“We have big ideas, big dreams – and now we have the support to realise those in a way which will really celebrate the creativity and drive of Bradfordians.”
Davies said they will use the grant, and the project, to give as many local people as possible the opportunity to be involved in the project, as well as creating a piece of work that reflects our lives today.”
Judy Connor, A Compendium of Mythical Beasts, Cecil Green Arts) said: “This project is a wonderful opportunity for Cecil Green Arts to upscale our work, unable to put on our annual lantern parade we have taken a different turn, focussing on developing our working practices at a time when our community work has had to stop.”
Supported by Bradford2025, each project will build on the growing cultural agenda in Bradford as the city moves towards bidding for UK City of Culture 2025.