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‘Fringe’ features a packed programme of activities
As well as the main entertainment celebrating the opening of the City Park tomorrow, there will be a series of “fringe” arts events.
Bradford 1 Gallery in Centenary Square is launching the exhibition Street Art: Contemporary Prints from the V&A, which includes pieces by high-profile artists like Banksy and D*Face and Shepard Fairey.
Neighbouring Impressions Gallery is hosting a photography walk around City Park, with participants able to upload their photos to appear on the Big Screen. Also on show inside the gallery is the exhibition The Sound Of Two Songs, featuring photographs of Poland by Mark Power.
Arts organisation Fabric is holding an exhibition of work by Bradford College students in its Pop Up art space in Centenary Square.
Fabric is also opening Hand Made in Bradford, a new retail and exhibition space for makers and artists at 1 Tyrrel St (formerly Zavvi), a project which has been part-funded by Bradford Council. The new space will also host the Loosely Bound Zine Extravaganza from 10am, with more than 20 stallholders selling handmade magazines and staging workshops and other activities.
A team from the National Media Museum will be on site at City Park to promote soon-to-open Life Online, the world’s first permanent gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet and the web.
The £2 million project features a new permanent gallery and space for temporary exhibitions, the first of which opens to the public at the same time as the gallery on March 30.
The team at City Park will be showcasing objects which symbolise the impact of the web on our everyday lives by becoming less and less relevant in the internet age. The quirky objects will be difficult to miss as they are branded in the gallery’s signature colour, bright pink.
These peculiar thought-provoking pink objects will then be touring northern city centres to raise awareness of the gallery opening.
Meanwhile, Bradford UNESCO City of Film is screening the 1950s classic Room At The Top at City Hall, parts of which were filmed there, after the launch event has finished.
Mike Cowlam, Bradford Council’s assistant director for economic development, said: “There is a huge amount of creative talent within Bradford which City Park is tapping into, and the launch event on Saturday is providing a great focal point.”
"With the Alhambra Theatre and National Media Museum so close by, as well as other galleries and exhibition spaces in the Centenary Square building, City Park really lends itself to culture lovers everywhere.
"The new Life Online gallery at the National Media Museum is a world first and its terrific timing for it to be opening to the public just days after City Park, another unique Bradford attraction, is launched.”