2.10. Opportunities

The district arts organisations can harness data to tackle entrenched issues, leveraging Bradford's diversity and deprivation for impactful social change.



Arts and community organisations in the district can utilise this data for designing programs and activities targeting entrenched, longstanding issues.

The demographics and deprivation in Bradford offer diverse opportunities for arts to create a meaningful impact. The high deprivation levels and diverse population provide a platform for artists and arts groups to tackle pressing social challenges.

For instance, the ageing population’s challenges, health and wellbeing concerns, and unifying cultural themes amidst diverse backgrounds can all be explored. Additionally, addressing the escalating problem of economic inactivity, accentuated by COVID-19, is of paramount importance.

Addressing research gaps

By conducting qualitative and data-rich projects that focus on the lived experience of Bradford residents, artists and arts organisations can contribute to a better understanding of the district and its people. This information can be used to address the gaps in existing research and provide a more comprehensive picture of life in Bradford.

Addressing the ageing population

Projects that focus on the needs and experiences of an ageing population can help to improve their quality of life and promote intergenerational understanding. For example, arts organisations can work with older adults to create art pieces that reflect their life experiences and perspectives.

Improving health and wellbeing

Given the higher rates of health concerns such as diabetes, alcohol abuse, cancer and infant mortality, arts organisations can play a role in promoting better health and wellbeing. For example, art therapy and creative workshops that focus on stress reduction and relaxation can be offered to individuals affected by these issues.

Addressing community cohesion

Given the diversity of the Bradford district, projects that address community cohesion and cultural integration can be impactful. Arts organisations can work with local communities to create cultural events and festivals that celebrate and promote cultural diversity, promoting a sense of unity and shared experience.

Addressing economic inactivity

Projects that address the growing issue of economic inactivity, especially important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, can help to improve the job prospects of local residents. For example, arts organisations can offer job training programs in the arts and cultural sector, providing job skills and experiences that can be applied to other industries.

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2.1. Diversity

Bradford is a highly diverse district, reflecting the unique ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds of its residents.

2.2. Ethnicity

The district also has a high percentage of Asian/Asian British, with 26.8% of the population identifying as such.

2.3. Religion

In Bradford, Christians form the largest religious group at 33.4%, followed closely by Muslims at 30.5%. Additionally, 28.2% identify as having no religion.

2.4. Disability

Overall, 19.0% of Bradford residents identify as disabled. This is slightly higher than Yorkshire and The Humber at 18.9% and 17.7% in England.

2.5. Age profile and gender

Bradford has a balanced gender ratio, with 50.5% female and 49.5% male residents and is among the youngest metropolitan districts in the UK, with a median age of 36.7.

2.6. Skills, education and employment

This section provides data on skill levels and educational outcomes in Bradford. This draws on data from the 2021 Census, and other sources highlighted, such as comparators with Yorkshire and The Humber.

2.7. Health

This section provides an overview of health data, addressing issues such as life expectancy, health outcomes, illness and wellbeing.

2.8. Socio-economic deprivation

This section provides an overview of socio-economic data in Bradford, addressing issues such as poverty, unemployment and deprivation. Data in this section comes from the 2021 Census.

2.9. Gaps in the data

Although extensive research exists on the demographics and diversity of Bradford district, there are notable data gaps crucial for arts organizations.

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