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Bradford Visual Arts Needs Analysis Report

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Our Visual Arts Instigator Alison McIntyre presenting the Bradford Visual Arts Needs Analysis Report

About the report

Research period: February – August 2023​

Report author: Alison McIntyre, Visual Arts Instigator​

For a period of six months in 2023, our Visual Arts Instigator, Alison McIntyre met with visual artists, curators, producers and organisations across the Bradford district to understand the needs of the sector. This strand of our work has been kindly supported by Bradford 2025 within our partnership with them as Cultural Capacity Partner.

Alison has compiled these findings into this Bradford Visual Arts Needs Analysis Report representing conversations with over 90 people, through numerous 1-2-1 meetings, the first Visual Arts Social and events at Keighley Creative and South Square Centre. Alison spoke with artists at different stages of their careers; some at very early stages or who aren’t sure where to start, some who are making all their income through freelance artistic practice, some who are splitting their time between a day job and artistic practice and some who are working full-time to fund making art in their spare time. Alison also spoke with arts organisations from established organisations like Impressions and South Square galleries to smaller or more informal organisations like Fayakunu and Trapezium Gallery.

This report covers:

  • The individual needs of artists which include professional support, inspiration, connection and community
  • The sector needs which include infrastructure, space, information and understanding, as well as community and connection
  • Recommended next steps

At the end of the report, there is a list of exhibition and studio spaces. If we have missed anywhere from this list, or if you have any other suggested amendments, please contact Alison at alison@bdproducinghub.co.uk

Read more Resources

Bradford Data Review: The Creative and Visitor Economy

This section reviews existing data on Bradford’s creative economy, visitor economy and how they both impact on the District.

Bradford Data Review: Cultural participation

This section of the report focuses on cultural assets and funding in Bradford as well as details on public funding of culture.

Bradford Data Review: The people of Bradford

Bradford has a unique and highly diverse profile. This is crucial to understand for arts organisations looking to generate social and cultural impact in the community.

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