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Handmade in Bradford launches Journeys and Migrations project
9:00am Monday 13th August 2012 in News
Hansel and Gretel-style paths made of sugar, a graffiti trail and a walk through the century-old footsteps of a Jewish immigrant are all following routes through Bradford city centre as part of an arts season celebrating journeys.
The summer project, “exploring journeys epic and mundane”, is based at the Handmade in Bradford arts and retail space. Called Journeys and Migrations, it includes an exhibition of paintings, photography and artists’ films and a series of walks.
Arts development agency Fabric, which is behind Handmade in Bradford, received 50 applications from around the UK for the Arts Council-backed project.
Journeys include a trail of text graffiti which can be followed on doorways, starting at the Tyrrel Street gallery.
Three paths made of the everyday substances of welcome used across many cultural traditions – sugar, salt and bread – have been created by artists inspired by the Hansel and Gretel fairytale.
Sound artist and composer Phill Harding will lead a ‘silent sound walk’ using environmental field recordings, focusing on the sounds we usually ignore or filter out – to point out the beauty in the mundane.
Another trail explores the story of William Rothenstein, a Jewish immigrant who settled in Bradford at the turn of the 20th century. The immersive sound walk, by oral historian Irna Qureshi, steps back to Bradford in 1903, experiencing the sights and sounds William saw in Manningham .
* Journeys and Migrations runs until October 6. For more information, visit fabricculture.co.uk.