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Call out for Textile Artist

Freelance Commission

509 Arts and Bradford Community Broadcasting (BCB) are seeking an artist or collective with experience of textiles to provide an interpretive artwork as part of Lost Mills and Ghost Mansions. This commission will be developed in partnership with Saltaire Inspired and Bradford District Museums and Galleries (BDMG) .

The City of Bradford is a metropolitan district in West Yorkshire. With a diverse population of circa 500,000, it has a rich textile history that spans nearly two centuries. Once one of the most prosperous cities in Yorkshire, the district’s human textile story is a rich seam of stories and experiences that reflects the many diverse communities that have made Bradford their home. The district’s economy was deeply affected by the closure of hundreds of mills in the last half of the 20th Century and today only a few working mills remain, often specialising in hi-tech, high quality fabrics. In 2025, Bradford’s creativity, heritage and culture will be celebrated when it becomes the next UK City of Culture.

Closing date for applications 4th December 2023

Download the commission brief here

More info here

 

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509 ArtsTuesday, October 31st, 2023 at 3:31pm
🎨🪡 Calling all Textile Artists! 🌟

Are you a talented textile artist looking for an exciting commission opportunity? 509 Arts and BCB Radio invite you to join us in creating an interpretive artwork for Lost Mills and Ghost Mansions. 🧵

🏭 Dive into the rich tapestry of Bradford, a city with a textile history spanning two centuries. This project reflects the diverse and vibrant communities that call Bradford home and pays homage to its textile legacy.

🏛️ We're teaming up with Saltaire Inspired and Bradford Museums and Galleries to bring this vision to life.

🗓️ Mark your calendar! The application deadline is December 4, 2023.

📜 To get all the details, download the commission brief from our website. We're open to applications from individual artists, collaborations, or collectives.

📩 Ready to Apply?: Send your application to info@509arts.co.uk.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this creative journey. Let your textile artistry shine in the heart of Bradford's cultural celebration! 🪡🎨

🔗 https://www.509arts.co.uk/project/textile-artist-freelance-commission

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Our talented readers brought their stories to life with their powerful performances. Check out the pics to see all the winning smiles, reading moments, and glimpses from the night.

As a recap...Wordsmithery is a new writing competition developed by 509 Arts with Kala Sangam , Bradford Producing Hub and Mind the Gap .The competition was designed for Bradfordians aged 16+ who want to write for live performance.

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Mills influenced the growth of towns and cities, shaped the landscape, and led to significant social and cultural changes. We're discovering some amazing stories on our travels through Bradford's Lost Mills.

Fancy joining the story? There's still plenty of time to get involved.

Head to our website for more --> https://www.509arts.co.uk/project/lost-mills-and-ghost-mansions

📸 Image Credit to Bradford Museums and Galleries

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509 ArtsSunday, July 30th, 2023 at 11:33am
Here's a little reminder that we will be at Manningham Mills Community Centre Monday 31st July, thats' tomorrow!!

Come along on our heritage journey through the lost mills and ghost mansions of Bradford in the last 50 years.

It's fascinating and truly wonderful, here's a snippet from one of our sessions

"I started work at Priestman’s in 1957 straight from school, as an apprentice in drawing, spinning, twisting and winding. An overlooker died at Christmas 1961 and I was given his job, although I was still an apprentice."

We'd love to hear your story and see your photos.

P.S if you can't make the drop in tomorrow but want to get involved, head to our website and get involved there - https://www.509arts.co.uk/project/lost-mills-and-ghost-mansions/

You can also email anything across to info@509arts.co.uk

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509 ArtsFriday, July 28th, 2023 at 10:00am
There used to be over 350 working mills in Bradford. In the last 50 years most of them have closed and today there are less than 20. The rest have been demolished or repurposed. Many have tragically burnt down. Bradford’s great textile buildings and the people who worked in them are slowly disappearing.

Lost Mills and Ghost Mansions is rediscovering the stories of Bradford’s recent textile past in words, pictures, audio and video.

Join us for a chat about LOST MILLS, if you, or someone you know, worked in a Bradford textile mill over the past 50 years - THIS IS FOR YOU

📅 Monday 31st July
🕰2.30pm - 5.30pm
📍 Manningham Mills Community Centre

We'll have cake 🍰

See you there and do share if you can, we want to hear from as many people as possible 😁

If you can't make the drop in, head to our website to join in over there 509arts.co.uk

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509 ArtsThursday, July 27th, 2023 at 12:45pm
📣 Next stop Manningham Mills Community Centre 📣

Join us for a chat about LOST MILLS, we'll have cake 🍰

If you, or someone you know, worked in a Bradford textile mill over the past 50 years - THIS IS FOR YOU

📅 Monday 31st July
🕰2.30pm - 5.30pm
📍 Manningham Mills Community Centre

See you there and do share if you can, we want to hear from as many people as possible 😁

#509arts #lostmills #mills #heritage #bradford