A BRADFORD art gallery is to showcase a new exhibition in the hope of 're-painting' the image of the city people may have. 

The exhibition, at the Trapezium Gallery in the city centre, will celebrate the diversity and different lives of people who reside and work on one Bradford street.

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Paradise Street – Under One Sky by Cath Muldowney, captures the diverse and different backgrounds of people who live together as an antidote to negative media portrayals of Bradford.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Picture of Paradise Street from the exhibition Picture of Paradise Street from the exhibition

Cath said: “It’s about people from diverse and different backgrounds, and their lives together, under one sky.

“Situated at the top of town, between Westgate and Sunbridge Road, Paradise Street is situated in a richly diverse area, home to churches, mosques, a gurdwara, a priory and a synagogue.

“There’s an Irish pub, a gay cabaret bar, a beautiful chai wagon and award-winning restaurants.

"But the most important assets in this community are the people, who have welcomed me and my camera with all the warmth, spirit, and humour that defines Bradfordians.”

Cath was born and has spent most of her life in Bradford and developed her passion for photographing people fairly recently.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Pictures from the exhibition Pictures from the exhibition

She has also undertaken a project, funded by the Council, to display photographs of local people in the vacant shop windows in South Bradford.

These images can be seen on the high streets in Great Horton, Queensbury and Wibsey. 

She said: “I prefer people who may not normally consider themselves as worthy subjects, a kind of antithesis to the filtered selfies of Instagram.”

Ken Woods, of Trapezium, added: “We have worked with Cath on a number of occasions and are delighted to be presenting her first solo show. 

"As usual, she shows a slice of Bradford life in her inimitable style.”

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Cath added: “This exhibition is to celebrate the people from this area of the city, and all the good things they do, big and small, that make this place what it is.

“It’s an attempt to re-paint the picture of Bradford that many people may have in their heads. We know that the city faces challenges, but we will rise up to meet them.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A picture from the exhibition A picture from the exhibition

The exhibition also features the poem ‘I am Bradfordian’ by Nabeela Ahmed, which Cath was keen to include because it reflects her own feelings about her hometown.

The exhibition can be found at the Trapezium Gallery on Kirkgate in Bradford City Centre and will be displayed on August 6 until August 27.

There will be refreshments and a chance to meet the artist at the launch event on Saturday 6th August 12-2pm.