A NEW exhibition showcasing a Bradford artist's work will be on show at a cafe in the city centre for the next few weeks.

Bread and Roses, a vegan and vegetarian cafe on North Parade will be showing off the work of a Xanthe Bonsall, a multi-disciplinary designer who specialises in digital design, traditional print and graphic design.

Gina Riley, Officer at Bread and Roses said: "We've been running quarterly exhibitions with established and emerging local artists for quite some time now and this new exhibition features the work of Xanthe Bonsall.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

It's her debut Bradford exhibition, and she's a really cool multi-disciplinary designer based in Bradford. She gets loads of inspiration from brutalism and and modernist architecture and there's loads of sort of subculture and other references to her work too. It's super bright, she's got a really good eye for colour."

Xanthe added: "I'm a printmaker and designer based in Saltaire. Bread + Roses approached me about having an exhibition in their space after an exhibition I was supposed to be partaking in down in London didn’t happen due to lockdown. I jumped at the chance as it was a great opportunity to get the work I had made for the cancelled exhibition seen!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Xanthe BonsallXanthe Bonsall

"A lot of my work is inspired by architectural form, especially modernist and brutalist buildings, and the local industrial landscape. I’ve also found myself adding in references to electronic music and the rave scene which has influenced me during various stages of my life.

I work mainly with screen printing, using the medium as a method to ‘collage’ shapes on to paper in different combinations. I’ve also been exploring Risograph printing, and how both Riso and screen print work together."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

The artwork will be on show until April this year, and will be displayed 'all around the cafe' for customers to see.

Gina added: "It is free, it's super accessible and everyone that comes to enjoy the cafe also gets to enjoy the exhibition as well."

Bread and Roses is a co-operative cafe and work space in Bradford city centre that opened in 2018, formed by a group of local businesses, food producers, arts groups and charities.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

It was inspired by activist and union leader Rose Schneiderman’s 1912 speech, which describes how in addition to the necessities for living (bread), people also need opportunities to flourish (roses).

For more info, click here