Creativity Council

Bradford Producing Hub’s Creativity Council

The Creativity Council

Introducing Bradford Producing Hub’s Creativity Council! The Creativity Council includes people from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences. A bit like a committee or a steering group, they:

Imagine how live performance and creativity can make Bradford a better place to live and work.
Create new ideas and talk about how these could work.
Help the project think about all the different communities in Bradford and what they want and need.
Talk about how things are going, what we should be doing more of, and what we should do differently.
Review applications for training and funding, and help select what the project should support.

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Beccy Durham

Creativity Council Co-Ordinator, Actor, Director, Producer, Facilitator, Writer, Teacher, Bookkeeper, Gardener, Dancer, Runner, List Maker, Wife, Daughter, Mother, Sister, Auntie, Friend, Colleague. A Good Egg.
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Centenary Square
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Live music venues
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Upadhya

Presently, I am a visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett and in the School of Health and Arts & Culture. I live in north Leeds but my soul lives in Bradford and hence totally committed to the city. I really enjoy creating cross cultural work and performing impromptu, making new connections and treasure the blessings I have!
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
There are many places one must visit – Cartwright Hall,NSMM, Brontes, Industrial Museum, Peace Museum, Bolton Abbey and Kala Sangam.
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
More of young people’s creative work, local artists creating collaborations with national and international artists, reviving the Festival etc.
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Hafsah Nibe

Artist who got into art school with science notes.
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
An afternoon of video games, food and books! First we’d head to the Games Lounge at the museum and play every game, then if there was any afternoon left, we’d head over to the thai place on Sunbridge Road for Har Kau (steamed prawn dumplings) and salt and pepper chips and then over to the Wool Exchange for some books and coffee!
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Entertainment: escape rooms, outdoor mini futsal pitches, interactive public art, drive in cinema, free water taps, art murals on the buildings, local advertising campaigns designed by different communities of people, independent designer clothes shops.
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Kafayat Adegoke

A Bradfordian and all-round eager personality. My hobby? I’m, glad you asked…FOOD!
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Bradford ice rink. It’s as international as it gets.
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Open-minded locals, and respect for emerging professionals.
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Laura Brooks

A Mancunian in Bradford. Full time Mama and Volunteer, part time Comedian. I’ve worked in Bradford’s Arts and Cultural sector for 5 years, I’m passionate about creating space for unseen artists.
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Oooww that’s a good question. Firstly I could take them for a brew in Waterstones, the most beautiful book shop in the world. Then we would head to My Thai on Sunbridge Road for pad Thai and fish cakes, followed by walk around City Park to see the sights. Then a bus trip to Saltaire for walk by the canal and possibly a some refreshments at Fanny’s Ale House.
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Free, inclusive events that help to break down barriers and create conversation.
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Lukas Hornby

Honoury Bradfordian, living in Manningham, doing grassroots work in the city centre or entertaining myself with weird and unusual sounds.
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Underground through the Beck, overground high above the skyline to Baildon Moor. Or if its raining to the 1in12 library
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Outdoor performances (not street theatre).
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Shannen Johnson

I work at The Peace Museum, I’m from and live in Bradford and I love it! I love museums, heritage, cats and wine.
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
The Peace Museum (of course), followed by NSMM, followed by an Omar’s Curry!
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
High quality big creative and cultural events that bring people together and use the big open spaces we have.
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Sharleen Shaha

I have worked in Mental health for around 10 years. I like to write on my blog and read, I like to use art forms to create changes in society.
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
The moors and a nice meal somewhere on Leeds road after :D.
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Free events for families and youth, events that are educating and engaging and fun.
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Stephen Thorp

I am a retired Civil Servant. Born and bred in Bradford with a passion for visual and digital art, recording ‘moments in time’ and posting them on Instagram.
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
I’d take them to Little Germany so they could see the architecture and begin to understand the Cities heritage
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Definitely more art across the city centre, which reflects the mix of cultures we share.
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Tammie Ash

I’m a big fan of chocolate, Marvel and Greggs. I’m proud to be Northern. And I’m always trying to stay creative.
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
If it’s sunny, the Cow and Calf rocks in Ilkley Moor. If it’s raining, the National Science and Media Museum
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
I’d like to see more companies and organisations investing in Bradford to create more opportunities for those that live here rather than expecting people to look down South
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Vince Virr

I’m a dancer and have performed in over 50 productions in 22 countries across 6 continents including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the Alhambra. I’m excited by Bradford and its future!
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
I would show them the old buildings around the Wool Exchange in the city centre with all their rich history next to the contemporary city park (hopefully a sunny day so we could splash around!). Then dry off at the top of the majestic Cow and Calf while sharing some of my school trip memories. Warming back up with a great Bradford curry.
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
More events, more gatherings and more sharing of stories.
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Aamta-Tul Waheed

I’m the Creative Director and Co-owner of Kaur & Baleem Creatives. I also work with Youth Work Unit: Yorkshire & Humber CIO Volunteer and I’m a volunteer with Bradford Museums & Galleries.
If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
If a stranger were to come to Bradford I would take them to visit the scenic routes of Haworth, with a cup of dooth pathi (Pakistani tea) from Cha Cha Chai in hand. To end the day, I would also take them to experience the nightlife of Sunbridge Wells and the Wool Exchange.
What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
I would love to see the arts and culture sector flourish, I would love to see all communities to be able to come together through art – not just in the city centre but throughout our community centres, institutions and community spaces!

If you’d like to get in touch with the Creativity Council, email [email protected] and they’ll get back to you or find them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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