What is Bradford Producing Hub?

BPH is an exciting four-year project that aims to make sure Bradford is a creative city where lots of amazing live performance is happening all the time.

It is a pilot project that will test radical new approaches to producing live arts, supporting creative talent, developing a local arts workforce, and partnering with communities across Bradford to reimagine the city as a thriving hub for performance. 

BPH is led by a consortium of Bradford organisations and artists: Theatre in the Mill (lead), Mind the Gap, Kala Sangam, 154 Collective, Common Wealth and Displace Yourself – but the project is for everyone interested in making and seeing more live arts in Bradford.

In September 2019 the project was awarded £1.5 million from Arts Council England.


Across all 3 years, BPH is working to deliver 8 key strands:


Needs Assessment & Creativity Council

Gathering and understanding the needs that BPH should address, to support the creation of more Live Art in Bradford. 

Tell us what you need!
Complete this questionnaire.

Bringing together a Creativity Council – a cross section of Bradford community, to fundamentally shift power and decision-making processes. 

Get involved! Find out about the Creativity Council here


Talent Development

Providing a structured and responsive strand of training and development opportunities for all artists at any point of their career, that will support the creation of more Live Art in, and coming out of, Bradford.

See current training opportunities here.

Not what you’re looking for?
Tell us what you need! 


Reaching People

Ensuring work that’s made reaches audiences, and is what audiences want to see. Improving the ways audiences find out about and engage in live arts.

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New Work

Providing Research & Development funding, Commissions and creative support to enable the creation of more and better Live Art in and by Bradford artists.

Current funding opportunities are here

Missed the latest funding? Tell us what you want to do and we might be able to help hello@bdproducinghub.co.uk


Transforming Spaces

Ensuring there are spaces for performance and doing what is possible to increase and improve performance infrastructure and facilities.

Know a place you would like to see performances happen?


Shared Resources

Creating better ways for people to find out about and share live art, including knowing what’s on and booking tickets easily.

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Management & Delivery

Ensuring the project is well managed and supported, while creating new routes into the arts sector.

Meet the team here

Keep an eye out for jobs here


Evaluation, Learning & Legacy

Evaluating and sharing the successes and failures of the project, proving need, and having a constant eye to the future.

Help us make sure the project is successful by telling us what you need! 

Meet  the Team

Lisa Mallaghan

Project Director

Lisa is the main point of contact for the Producing Hub, and is working with the Consortium and the project team to ensure the project delivers what it has set out to do, and more!




Ezekiel Oliveira

Marketing and Communications

Ezekiel provides communications support to the team,  marketing and outreach across all  our activities


Ben Rothera

Creative Producer

In the first instance Ben will be providing producing support to all the Pools that will be delivered. He’ll also be working with our Creative Instigators to make sure that artists in Bradford have access to expertise and guidance for their creative projects.


Samantha Rushworth

Arts Administrator

Sam connects the dots across the team and is the first point of contact with everyone.


Shazia Bibi and
Kirsty Taylor

Creative Instigators

Both Shazia and Kirsty will be seeking out artists from Bradford and finding out how the Project can best support them in producing fantastic live art. 


Sinead Campbell

Music Instigator

Sinead will be supporting the music scene in Bradford, in a joint partnership with Bradford Council and Music Local. 


The team are supported by fantastic freelancers, including:

Matt Lamont – Branding, Design and Website
Ben Pugh – Production Management Trainning
Jenny Harris  – Make Work Producer


BPH Values and Principles

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Our Consortium

BPH was made to happen by 6 local arts organisations – a mixture of small independents and Arts Council funded organisations. 

The funding is not for these organisations, or their regular activities – it is their role is to make sure that the project benefits everyone who is involved with, and experiences, live performance in Bradford.

Theatre in The Mil with BPH logo

Theatre in the Mill
(Lead partner)

TiM is dedicated to supporting the development of new work by artists outside of the mainstream, through commissioning, presenting, co-producing and by offering wider developmental opportunities.

Theatre in the Mill,
University of Bradford 
BPH with Common Wealth Theatre logo

Common Wealth Theatre

A theatre company made up of educators, artists, performers, dancers and musicians. Working with disused buildings allows them to create access to, and transform otherwise forgotten sites for the audience to explore.

14 North Parade,
Bradford, BD1 3HT
BPH with Displace Yourself Theatre logo

Displace Yourself Theatre

An ambitious devising company who create vigorous and challenging productions to shine a light on global injustices and challenges in society. They offer regular therapeutic arts training, working towards a more inclusive society.

kalasangam logo

Kala Sangam

Kala Sangam is an intercultural arts hub which aims to reflect the diversity of contemporary Britain through the work they present, the artists they support and the communities they engage.

St. Peter’s House,
1 Forster Square, Bradford,
BPH with Mind the Gap logo

Mind the Gap

Their vision is to work in an arts sector where there is equal opportunity for performers with learning disabilities: a world where performers are trained, respected and employed equally, and feature every day on our stages and screens.

Mind the Gap Studios,
Silk Warehouse, 
Patent Street, 
Bradford, BD9 4SA.
BPH with 154 Collective logo

154 Collective

154 Collective create work in an array of artforms including theatre, exhibitions, publications, music albums and public art. They seek to tell stories from unusual and fun perspectives, exploring how the collaboration of artists and artforms can influence process and presentation. 



BPH has a large number of supporters from the arts, education, business, social care, charities, community groups and health who all helped us get to this point. It is also supported by Bradford Council who were instrumental in helping generate this funding.

But this is just the start, BPH needs more organisations to be involved, and more supporters and partners from across the City and beyond – if you have thoughts about how live performance could be a part of your life, workplace, community group, company, institution or organisation please get in touch.

Create | Live | Perform

BPH will pilot an approach to producing live performance that embraces risk, champions diversity and puts audiences at the centre of decision-making. 

Create: Providing training, support and pathways for more people to create live art

Live (‘to live’): Ensuring the local arts sector is strong and sustainable, so that more people can live off their art and more people can have fulfilling creative lives.

Live (‘it’s live’): Investing in more live arts, so more people can see more brilliant, world class work in Bradford.

Perform: Increasing the opportunities for all people to do, see and get involved in performing, of all kinds.