In spring 2021, The Brick Box launched Manifest! to celebrate 10 years of our work creatively transforming places. This was a collective, creative dream for the future of our city. Bradford is a city of imaginative people who can see beyond the empty shops and unloved buildings and towards a collaborative artistic dawn. We invited people to bring their imagination to Bradford by conjuring up new creative ways of seeing the buildings in our cities.

We teamed up with photographer Tim Smith to capture some of the places in Bradford that we thought could do with a bit of a creativity thrown at them. We invited people to download a picture from our collection, and to artistically and fantastically do it up. From a fairy-tale story at Comercial Bank to another galaxy behind an old restaurant’s doors, even water-slides at Barkerend Mill; nothing was off the table. We really believe that together we can make amazing things happen and now we promise to make one of these wild worlds come true.

To launch the project we asked artists to get our creativity going. Joanna Klu, Nancy Haslam-Chance and Sharena Lee Satti all chose a building to reimagine.

We invited people to share their visions with us on instagram, twitter, or facebook with the hashtag #ManifestBradford.

MANIFEST! is supported by Bradford BID.

See the Manifest website here

Downloadable images of Bradford we offered to encourage peope to get started: