Power Up Play Space May and June dates

With the General Election coming up, we’re opening up Power Up Play Space at Rebooted artspace over May early June to explore and unpack our thoughts and feelings on the issues and what’s at stake. and share ideas on what’s next for us and what we can do together:power up flier frontpowerup may:june datesTuesday 9th May:  5-7pm: Let’s Talk About Brexit
Friday 12th May: 4-7pm: open session, drop in
Wednesday 117th May: 4-7pm: open session, drop in
Thursday 1st June: sharing session: what we’ve been doing and learning so far

(Rebooted is the old Boots shop at the bottom of Bank Street, and is between Nationwide and Cafe Nerro)

– Interactive thinking environments to discover, communicate, express and make sense of…(or not!) ..including spaces to moan and be angry or find peace and calm
– Evolving giant collage wall of words, images and ideas which you are invited to contribute to
– Add your dates events and people to our Creative Resistance timeline
– Activities to get involved in, including clay, badgemaking and more
– Power Up poster exhibition

– Library corner of books and zines

Bring along any images, books, words, lyrics, objects and ideas which inspire you.

For anyone interested exploring the power of art to change our world…Everyone is welcome!

Wtih thanks to Boots Rebooted, and East Street Arts.

More dates to be announced! if you want to visit but are unable to make these dates, get in touch and we may be able to arrange another time with you. Email us at powerupcreativeresistance@gmail.com

Find out more about Power Up Creative Resistance:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerupcreativeresistance
Twitter: https://twitter.com/powerupcre8tive
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/powerupcreativeresistance

Power Up Creative Resistance is supported by CommUNIty Thinkspace group, University of Bradford and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Power Up! Poetry and Protest Songs event, Saturday 22nd April

Power Up! Poetry and Protest Songs event

Saturday 22nd April, 2-5pm

Power Up Play Space (at Boots Rebooted art space, Bank Street, Bradford BD1 1PU – the old Boots shop – next to Cafe Nerro and Nationwide)

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poem by Steve Lunn, as told to us at Power Up Play Space

Power Up Play Space is an interactive space inviting you to do, make and talk about the things you are concerned about and to share creative ideas for responding and taking action.

Come along to our Poetry and Protest Songs event to exploring the power of words and music to express and explore our concerns. A chance to hear from and share with other Bradfordians and to have your voice heard!

2.30 – 3.30 Poetry and Spoken Word:

Politcial poetry from Steve Lunn
Personal poems from Sarah
Mental health stand up comedy from Graham Binns

PLUS, YOU!
‘ open mic’ session: bring along any poems, stories, words to read and share with people

3.30 – 4.30
Protest Songs with Austin Bradshaw

Create or ‘showcase’ your own protest songs with Bradford singer songwriter Austin. You can be part of coming up with something new, or bring something that you have already written. Feel free to bring any instruments, lyrics, ideas.

We’ll also be creating giant lists of our favourite protest poetry and protest songs, to be published in a collective ‘zine (DIY magazine) in print and online after the event, including a Brexit Playlist. Bring your suggestions!

For anyone interested exploring the power of art to change our world…Everyone is welcome!

With thanks to all at Boots Rebooted, and East Street Arts.

NB Rebooted is the old Boots shop at the bottom of Bank Street, and is between Nationwide and Cafe Nerro.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2009221575972183/

Power Up Creative Resistance is supported by CommUNIty Thinkspace group, University of Bradford and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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hope is contagious

hope is contagious

 

‘hope is contagious’

riso printed poster by Jean McEwan

part of a set of three, available from Power Up Play Space on selected opening dates in April (further dates in May to be announced)

Inspired by this article by writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit

 

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Pateh Baldeh: What activism means to me

What Activism Means To Me
Pateh Baldeh

My name is Pateh Baldeh, I was born in a tiny West African country of The Gambia. Growing up in the Gambia, I have witnessed different kinds of abused that women were subjected to, which I believe motivated to be a speaking against the injustices women were suffering, such as early female genital mutilation and forced marriages and until date in women don’t have the full participation in decision making especially in the family level.
I am a co-founder to a small non profit organization called, WeAid.
WeAid is an organization whose aim it is to help raise awareness about violence against women, men and children. WeAid also help in promoting early child education.
I am now residing in Bradford one of the most multicultural city within the United Kingdom, I am working with King’s Security system and as a security officer at the Kirkgate shopping centre.

WHAT DOES ACTIVISM MEAN TO ME:
I believe that WE are the Change, and through Activism, Peaceful Activism, We will witness the change we want in our various communities. Activism is not only for the present generation but also for the future, of ourselves, children and our children’s children. Activism, to me is the voice for the voiceless and the single most important thing any person can do, to empower themselves and their communities.

Pateh Baldeh

 

Post Script:

Pateh was concerned about the harassment of women in public places he was witnessing through his job, and initiated a project with Wur Bradford art project to hold a creative discussion session at Wur Bradford, ‘Lets Talk About Street Harassment‘, which took place in Autumn 2016. Pateh then took part in the Street Harassment panel at the WOW Bradford Festival in November. We plan to develop the project further this year with the support of Bradford Womens Forum  in partnership with other individuals and organisations in Bradford.

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Exploring Brexit

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‘these days’: altered book page collage by Jean McEwan

Our first themed project is Brexit, which will be led by artist Jean McEwan, one half of Power Up Creative Resistance along with artist Uzma Kazi.
Over the next couple of months, Jean will be making new art works and interventions, hosting creative workshops and  discussions and inviting people to collaborate with her. The project is very open and responsive so if you have ideas/thoughts/feelings/responses around Brexit you would like explore, get in touch at powerupcreativeresistance@gmail.com or message us on our Facebook page.

So far Jean has been altering postcards and book and magazine pages, making posters and compiling a Brexit playlist and thinking about maps and scores.  She’s also thinking about health/ill health, borders and boxes, and the ethics of collage.

She’ll be posting her progress in words and images here over the coming weeks.

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Jean is also hosting the following dates at Power Up Play Space interactive exhibition at Boots Rebooted art space in Bradford (the old Boots shop at the bottom of Bank Street – more information about the space here) over the coming weeks, an opportunity to come and talk/share/explore/make/do around the theme of Brexit

Thursday 20th April  12-4 pm
Saturday 22nd April 2-5pm

Plus further dates to be added in May, to be confirmed shortly.

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Art work by Anis Akhtar made at Power Up Playspace, 7th April 2017

Jean will be researching and documenting other peoples responses to Brexi via our project blog here-  if you would like to write or share anything on the blog, or have suggestions of things she should look at, please get in touch!

 

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‘missing you already’: altered postcard from Norway by Jean McEwan

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‘missing you already’; altered postcard from Pont De Neuf, Paris, by Jean McEwan

 

The work done on Brexit will be shared at some events at the end of May/beginning of June – details to be announced soon.

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Jean and Uzma will also be participating in Take Back Control Bradford on Saturday 6th May at Kala Sangam.  Take Back Control will be a day of workshops, talks, food and music which will bring together leave and remain voters, make sense of the Brexit negotiations and discuss how voters can take back control from right wing economic elites moving towards creating a fairer more equal society for everyone – more information here https://www.facebook.com/events/270827863338968/
During the event, we will be inviting you to play, think, talk and do with us throughout the day to explore and share ideas together on making a positive difference in the world through creativity and imagination. These will include interactive spaces to discover, communicate, express and make sense of…(or not!) ..including spaces to be angry or find peace and calm; games, collective collage, poster exhibition, creative resistance mapping and timelines, library corner of books and zines and more.

All are welcome to participate, contribute and collaborate with us at any of these events – if you would like to get involved in creative explorations about Brexit we would love to hear from you.

We love the quote below from Boff Whalley, and her blog about what activism is and isn’t – you can read it here, it’s great!

“drink in the good stuff, the uplifting stuff. Part of the role of the artist in these weird times is to offer an alternative, and with it a suggestion of a way out and a way through – a transcendental vision of a better, brighter world. Books, film, songs, there’s so much out there that scares the conservatives into wanting to shut down the arts, and that’s the stuff we can use for ammunition “

Our next project will be starting in June, and will be led by Uzma Kazi – theme to be announced

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Power Up Play Space exhibition: opening dates in April

Power Up Play Space: extra dates in April!

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Following our launch event on 20th March we are delighted to be continue our Power Up Playspace interactive exhibition  in April following our launch event on 20th March with the following dates

Friday 7th April: 4-7pm
Wednesday 12th April 4-7pm
Saturday 22nd April 2-5pm

Another chance to do think play and talk with us to  explore and share ideas together on making a positive difference in the world through creativity and imagination, including

– Interactive thinking environments to discover, communicate, express and make sense of…(or not!) ..including spaces to moan and be angry or find peace and calm
– Evolving giant collage wall of words, images and ideas which you are invited to contribute to
– Add your dates events and people to our Creative Resistance timeline
– Activities to get involved in, including clay, badgemaking and more
– Power Up poster exhibition
– Library corner of books and zines

and more!

Bring along any images, books, words, lyrics, objects and ideas which inspire you.

For anyone interested exploring the power of art to change our world…Everyone is welcome!

Wtih thanks to Boots Rebooted, and East Street Arts.

Rebooted is the old Boots shop at the bottom of Bank Street, and is between Nationwide and Cafe Nerro.

Find out more about Power Up Creative Resistance:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerupcreativeresistance
Twitter: https://twitter.com/powerupcre8tive
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/powerupcreativeresistance

Power Up Creative Resistance is supported by CommUNIty Thinkspace group, University of Bradford and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Power Up Creative Resistance Play Space, Monday 20th March, Bradford

Power Up Creative Resistance Play Space- Fuel The Resistance with imagination!

Monday 20th March, Boots Rebooted artspace, Bank Street, Bradford BD1

5.30 – 8pm

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The public launch of ‘Power Up Creative Resistance’, a new action research project by Wur Bradford exploring creative ways to respond to our changing and challenging world.

YOU are invited to PLAY, THINK & TALK with us in an interactive exhibition, where we can explore and share ideas together on making a positive difference in the world through creativity and imagination.

– Sharings from Wur Bradford artists Uzma Kazi and Jean McEwan and a chance to find out more about the project happening throughout 2017

– Interactive thinking environments to discover, communicate, express and make sense of…(or not!) ..including spaces to moan and be angry or find peace and calm
– Power Up poster exhibition
– Evolving giant collage wall of words, images and ideas which you are invited to contribute to
– Protest sing-a-long: bring an instrument, lyrics or a memorable chant
– Library corner of books and zines

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Bring along any images, books, words, lyrics, objects and ideas which inspire you!
This event is for anyone interested exploring the power of art to change our world…Everyone is welcome!

With thanks to Boots Rebooted, and East Street Arts.

Find out more about Power Up Creative Resistance:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerupcreativeresistance
Twitter: https://twitter.com/powerupcre8tive
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/powerupcreativeresistance

Want to know more? Get in touch with us at powerupcreativeresistance@gmail.com

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Power Up Creative Resistance is supported by CommUNIty Thinkspace group, Bradford University and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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