THE Peace Museum has teamed up with East Street Arts to open A Piece of Peace – an accessible gallery space in Bradford’s Kirkgate Shopping Centre.

The former shop has been transformed into a new gallery space featuring free family activities, temporary exhibitions and even a children’s reading corner.

Situated on the ground-floor’s Westgate Mall, visitors can browse museum-class exhibitions in the former retail setting.

Some of the museum’s most popular exhibitions have been put back on display specially, including A Flawed Peace? - examining peace after WW1; Pieces of Peace - A History of Peace in 20 Objects; and Contemporary Protest.

Open every Thursday from 11am – 3pm, the pop-up gallery is free and as well as exhibitions, there will be a range of free children’s activities available throughout the summer.

The occupation of the former retail unit is part of a wider project by East Street Arts to revitalise the city centre through coordinating the creative and charitable use of empty buildings.

The Peace Museum’s main location, in Piece Hall Yard, will still be open as usual.

Shannen Johnson, Learning and Engagement Officer at The Peace Museum said: “We’re so happy to have A Piece of Peace open in time for the summer holidays and we can’t wait for people to get involved and connect with our work in a new setting.

"We’re always looking for innovative ways to get our message across and animating empty shops not only helps us become more accessible, but also breathes new life into the city centre.”

East Street Arts added: “The space for artists programme allows creative people to use buildings that are currently not let or are awaiting redevelopment.

"The spaces that we occupy are vacant commercial buildings, such as offices, industrial units and shops, that we make available for creative projects, including studios, exhibitions, workshops and performance spaces.”