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Useful Art Party with Wur Bradford for Full Scale Exhibition

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As part of the public programme for the exhibition Full Scale: Art's Use in The Real World, open art collective Wur Bradford will host a 'Useful Art Party' where ideas for Useful Art projects are generated through a series of games and activities.

The event is free and open to all with snacks and refreshments provided. Space is limited so please register to secure a place.


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Full Scale - Art’s Use in the Real World
Friday 22nd Sept - Friday 8th Dec 2017 at Gallery II, Chesham Building, University of Bradford. Opening hours Monday - Friday: 11am - 5pm (Thursdays until 6pm). Public events programme including Saturday openings below.

Full Scale - Art’s Use in the Real World is an exhibition that draws together creative practices that aim to affect change at different scales; from the local to the global, the individual to the environmental, and therepresentational through to the social, economic and political. Case studies and examples of historical projects are displayed alongside live, ongoing activities, and an invitation to propose ‘useful art projects’ for the future.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s award-winning Rubber Coated Steel is a video tribunal where the artist’s techniques for visualizing sound frequencies are used to determine whether Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets or live ammunition at two unarmed teenagers in the occupied West Bank.

As well as their enlightening ‘FAQ’s Austrian artist group WochenKlausur’s interventionist practice is represented by documentation of a project where they helped students to create affordable housing from vacant buildings.

The self-organised art school Islington Mill Art Academy display outcomes from their engagement with the Asociación de Arte Útil’s ‘useful art’ archive as part of an earlier residency in the gallery. Copies of Russian collective Chto Delat’s ‘reader on performative education’ from The School of Engaged Art are available to browse and take away.

Open arts collective Wur Bradford present a selection of recent, current and future projects that include a campaign against Street Harassment, Creative Resistance sessions, and a social history project for Bradford’s Oastler Market.

Together the works offer a chance to reflect upon practices that art critic Stephen Wright has described as being orientated towards ‘usership rather than spectatorship’ and ‘characterised more than anything else by their scale of operations: they operate on the 1:1 scale. They are not scaled-down models … (they) are both what they are, and propositions of what they are.’ Visitors are also invited to make proposals for their own useful art projects as part of the exhibition and accompanying workshops and discussion event.

Full Scale is curated by Andy Abbott - University of Bradford Producer Music and Visual Arts, and forms part of Gallery II’s development of a Centre for Socially Applied Arts with support from Arts Council England.

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Full Scale public events programme:

Thurs Sept 21st: Launch event with performances from Wur Bradford 5 - 7pm.

Sat Oct 7th: Curator Tour plus Skype conversation with Wochenklausur. 12pm - 3pm.

Sat Oct 21st: Wur Useful Art Party. 12pm - 3pm.

Sat Nov 4th: Curator Tour plus discussion. 12pm - 3pm.

Sat Nov 18th: Islington Mill Art Academy Pot Luck Dinner. 12pm - 3pm.

Mon Nov 27th: UnCommons Live Music event at Delius Arts and Cultural Centre with Stella Chiweshe (Zimbabwe) and Bradford Scratch Orchestra. 7pm - 10:30pm

Sat Dec 2nd: Curator Tour plus discussion. 12pm - 3pm.

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Wur Bradford (Wur means ‘our’ or ‘we are’) is a grassroots art and social space in a market stall in Kirkgate Market to explore how we can make our city and our world better through imagination and collective action. Wur Bradford was founded in 2015 and is run by a multi-disciplinary team of three artists; Jean McEwan, Uzma Kazi and Chemaine Cooke, who between them have many years of experience working in participatory art practice and with communities in different contexts.

Wur Bradford is an open space for people to come and chat, get creative, share stories and ideas, and connect with others. Everyone is welcome to visit, get involved and suggest things that could happen.

Wur do things in their market stall space and in other spaces across Bradford - everything from creative workshops to art parties to self-publishing fairs to helping to creating campaign materials and organising actions. They work with lots of people, groups and organisations in the city, and have done activities and commissions for Bradford Council, Brickbox, Bradford Refugee Week, WowBradford festival and many others.

Wur have been invited to present their work nationally; including at Counter Art Book Fair in Plymouth (2016), Engage conference in Ruthin, North Wales; and in Spring 2017 they presented at ‘With For About’: Art, Activism and Community’ an event organised by Heart of Glass, Idle Women and Axis Web. Wur Bradford have been featured in the Guardian Culture Professional as a 'reason to be cheerful'.

https://wurbradford.wordpress.com/

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