The Wild Woods is Back in Bloom

Last year’s Wild Woods project has been renewed with three more events in the former department store in Bradford city centre.

This time, the indoor woodland wonderland is spruced up for spring, and hundreds of people have already enjoyed the first Wild Woods in Bloom on 18th March.

Working with partners across Bradford, we’re delivering a packed and varied programme of performance, music, games, food, drink, art and more.

We’ve been blown away by the help we’ve been given by Bradford organisations and individuals to put these events together, which will be the final events in the Wild Woods before it’s dismantled.

Here are a few photos from the 18th March event, and we hope to see you at one of the remaining two events on 1st and 15th April.

Programme highlights

  • An interactive live dance performance of Dancing with Strangers: from Calais to England by Instant Dissidence
  • A celebration of the Cottingley fairies in partnership with Impressions Gallery
  • A holi festival of coloured powder throwing, in partnership with the Colour Museum and Speakers Corner
  • A pop-up mosque to meet Muslim neighbours
  • A wild food buffet
  • A mobile herbarium
  • Live music from Punjabi Roots, Ilk, The 309s, and The Peace Artistes
  • The Brick Box Bar and food offers from different local businesses
  • Flags made by Bradfords refugee football club
  • Digital bluebells, a wishing well, and an indoor pond

See the full programme over at

24 Mar 2017 | Share on Facebook or Twitter

The Brick Box to work on national Paper Peace project


The Brick Box are very happy to announce that we’ll be working with Emergency Exit Arts as a creative partner on their incredible Paper Peace project.

This UK-wide project will see a team of partners create collaborative events around the country in 2018 to commemorate the end of WW1.

Funded by Arts Council England, we’ll be working with five regional partners, and particularly with young artists aged 18-25.

The regional partners are:

Creative Scene, Batley; City Arts, Nottingham; Vivacity & Jumped Up Theatre, Peterborough; B-Arts, Stoke-On-Trent; Articulture, Aberystwyth, Wales.

The work will include outdoor performances, poetry, paper sculptures, projections and pyrotechnics, and some of the work created by these partnerships in the regions will tour the country.

We’ll bring more news as the project develops, but we’re looking forward to being part of this fantastic project alongside Artistic Director, Orit Azaz; Poet and Visual Artist, Robert Montgomery;?and Associate Director of Participation, Chloe Osborne.

Find out more



31 Jan 2017 | Share on Facebook or Twitter

Our new neighbours, Speakers’ Corner


We’re very happy to be able to welcome some new neighbours to our building in Ivegate, Bradford city centre.

Speakers’ Corner is a new social space which was set up by some of the dynamic women who took part in the Women of the World Festival in November last year.

They’re a friendly and welcoming group who care very deeply about helping other people and their city, and continuing the wonderful, positive energy the Women of the World festival brought to Bradford.

Everyone is very welcome to attend all the Speakers’ Corner events, it’s not just for the girls, and they’ll be using the downstairs space at Ivegate for all kinds of entertainment, discussion and get-togethers.

You can read a bit more about them in this news story on the Telegraph and Argus website, and follow their events by liking them on Facebook.

27 Jan 2017 | Share on Facebook or Twitter

Survival strategies in Slovenia

During a recent Urban Heat lab in Maribor, eastern Slovenia, we spent an afternoon with Tandem Kitsch and our project partners discussing survival strategies. What are the concrete strategies we use to resist the dominant ideologies and systems we work within? Heres what the group came up with:

  • Have a regular (but precarious) job and fund arts activities from your savings
  • Manage your time carefully
  • Be specific/precise about what you do and what you dont do
  • Favour marginalised places and practices and open places to art
  • Have only one child
  • Create your own business?and spend the profit on a new system
  • Reject engagements which are not paid enough or valued enough
  • Recontextualise and focus on the moments at hand; how is this moment reinforcing dominant ideologies of scarcity, exclusivity, temporality, privilege?
  • Give everybody authorisation by endorsing everybody! Call everything art, call everybody an artist! Thereby resisting exclusivity, scarcity and gate keepers.
  • Practice fighting / disagreeing
  • Stop working and live your life. Frame that as work.
  • Make shit.?Distract yourself.?Stop the flow. Dont create new things. Make always the same work. Forget everything you know. But dont forget about fun.
  • Be careful not to reproduce exploitation in your own creative environment. Rethink and reframe the ways of production.
  • Make budgets public
  • Have power relations?in mind
  • As a producer, act as a buffer between the system and artist in order to protect artist time
  • As educator, create an oasis in the educational system to open space for the debate and to involve new ideas
  • Endless reflection and critical thinking
  • Join the union + care for one another + give things for free + occupy time rather than space + find new ways of use other people’s resources + share resources
  • In education, using non hierarchical?systems, decline publication pressure, volunteering
  • Curate with extreme inclusiveness (include even the things you dont like)
  • Remind yourself that you are a good person
  • Invent new systems that serve you and your values

What are yours?

29 Nov 2016 | Share on Facebook or Twitter

Light, Arts, Cities

As the nights draw in, our thoughts are turning to light, to gathering, and to warmth! So we’re dead chuffed to be asked to speak about our beloved Electric Fireside at the Light, Arts, Cities symposium in Leeds on Friday 7th October (just before the launch of The Wild Woods – no rest for the wicked, eh?!).

Light, Arts, Cities is the first symposium arranged by the Light Up the North network as part of the Light Night Leeds programme. It’s been designed to explore four key themes in relation to light festivals and their impact on a city: place, audience, artist and sustainability

Speakers include artists, academics and festival organisers – and us! Join us by getting your ticket here.

24 Sep 2016 | Share on Facebook or Twitter