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Opportunity for artists interested in STEM

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Call-out for Keighley artists! Would you like to provide creative content for our Engineering and Arts Explorations project?

A new project has recently been launched in Keighley. Local engineer and STEM Ambassador, Alisha Bell, supported by The Leap organisations is on the hunt for local artists to engage the next generation of engineers.

Alisha is a passionate young female engineer at the heart of local manufacturing having worked for Teconnex for over 5 years and now working for Byworth Boilers.

With this project she is seeking creative contributions from artists, asking them to reimagine the images behind engineering and helping to celebrate Keighley’s manufacturing industry.

Therefore we are asking local artists to submit their ideas for artwork. The artwork should be designed to engage the local community with engineering and helping people see the manufacturing industry from a new perspective. The target audience is specifically the younger generation and women.

We are asking for artists ideally in and around Keighley to apply by doing a quick annotated sketch of their ideas and emailing it to before 1st July 2024. 7th July 2024.

The team will then choose up to 10 artists who will be commissioned to turn their ideas into a final piece of artwork at A2 size that will be put on public display. This is an exciting and PAID opportunity and each successful application will be commissioned £50.

All successful entries will be displayed at our Engineering and Arts Exploration event at Keighley Creative on Cooke Lane on Saturday 24th August 2024, 10am till 4pm. Also the chosen pieces may be exhibited again publicly after this event in other settings but you will be informed and asked about this prior to other exhibitions.

The preference will be for the chosen artists and engineering to be associated with Keighley.

This project is being supported by The Leap in partnership with Keighley Creative, Arts Council England, Bradford Council and Creative Place Partners.

Deadline for applications is 7th July 2024. Please apply by emailing a sketch of your ideas directly to Alisha Bell at

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Arts and Crafts at Eid on the Green

This weekend a big community event was held on Church Green in Keighley.

The Eid on the Green event featured a host of activities including an arts and crafts stall hosted by our fab team as well as soft archery, rodeo football and face painting.

Eid on the Green artwork

There were also stalls by Keighley Lions and Pawperfection Rehoming and housing association, Incommunities, ran a competition for the best henna designs.

An amazing performance was put on by local musicians and dancers Punjabi Roots and Cecil Green Arts held a circus workshop and show.

Eid on the Green staff from Keighley Creative

Thank you to Keighley Town Council for organising and hosting the event which took place on the Church Green car park on Saturday 22nd June 2024.

For information on Keighley Creative hosting an arts and craft workshop at your next event, please email


KC leads project to help Keighley people

A community publication designed by Keighley Creative with input from numerous local organisations opens door to help during cost-of-living crisis.

Keighley community organisations have come together to help people struggling in the cost-of-living crisis.

Arts charity Keighley Creative has produced a newspaper-style guide with pointers to where to get support, in an easy-to-read format.

Open Door also contains healthy recipes to feed four people with costs as low as 72p per person. The publication is being distributed throughout the local area, with team members handing out copies at Asda and Morrisons supermarkets, and is available at community centres.

Keighley's Open Door newspaper with recipes and helplines
The Open Door newspaper produced by community groups contains useful phone numbers and cheap, easily and healthy recipes. Photo: Bob Smith Photography

It has information for Keighley folk on getting advice on a range of subjects including debt management, mental health, benefits, food, immigration, warmth, health and wellbeing, form filling, safe spaces and addiction.

The project has brought people together to create one large network of organisations including Keighley Creative, Highfield Community Association, Keighley Healthy Living, Salvation Army, Keighley Pathways, Worth Valley Food Bank, Eden Community Association, Good Food Shop, Bangladeshi Community Association, Sangat Centre, Hainworth Wood Community Association and the Keighley Association for Women and Children Centre.

Aimee Grundell, who led the production of the paper, said: “As the cost-of-living crisis continues, we became increasingly aware that a lot of support services that were promoted were either national or Bradford focused. Phone numbers for urgent help often put people through to call centres or to people that were quite removed from Keighley. We wanted to help by providing a friendly hello and clear information on how to directly find support within town itself. There are lots of resources and helpful people in Keighley, it’s just knowing how to access them.”

Aimee Grundell Keighley Creative
Aimee Grundell led the production of Open Door. Photo: Bob Smith Photography

All the contact links are local 01535 landline numbers.

Many of the people providing support services in Keighley have themselves experienced poverty and the newspaper tells some of their inspirational stories. One contributor, Rachel, who now works for the Salvation Army, in the past had to contact local organisations herself when her family were struggling to make ends meet and she now uses those experiences to help others.

Open Door includes cheap, healthy and easy recipes created by Keighley Healthy Living and based on foodbank staples, to help struggling families put an affordable but delicious meal on the table. It gives guidance to those that would like to improve their mental health with free resources. It features some fun activities for children and features illustrations from local artist Rebecca Buchanan and graphic design by Lee Goater. Bob Smith provided photography. 

Open Door newspapers in a shopping trolley
The Open Door newspaper produced by community groups is available from ASDA Keighley. Photo: Bob Smith Photography

Aimee Grundell added: “Keighley organisations have tried to take a different approach to supporting the community and hopefully we can help ensure that local people don’t encounter closed doors or have their time wasted.”

Asda’s Keighley store manager Mark Corps said: “We’re happy to support this free publication created by local groups for our customers and townsfolk. They’re available in Asda Keighley to pick up near our customer service desk.”

For more information or to receive a copy of the Open Door newspaper, please email or grab a copy from Asda.

The project has been funded by some of the organisations involved, along with Bradford Council, Citizens Advice, Department of Work and Pensions, Feeding Bradford and Keighley, The Healthy Growth Initiative, JAMES Project and Keighley area co-ordinators office.


Welcoming our new Exec Director at Keighley Creative

Following a competitive recruitment process, Riaz Meer, one of the founders of Keighley Arts and Film Festival, will take up a post leading creative arts in the town over the next two years.

The experienced film and television editor will oversee Keighley Creative’s organisational development and transition to a permanent base. His brief will include working with East Street Arts, which is due to take over the lease of the former Sunwin House building on Hanover Street, with Keighley Creative as its tenant from 2026. 

Riaz will work to build relationships with organisations including Bradford Council, Keighley Town Council, Keighley Business Improvement District, Bradford 2025, and the Towns Fund board and its long-term plan for the town. He will also develop a fundraising strategy for the organisation that secures its long-term future.

An important part of the role is to ensure Keighley Creative has a sustainable plan for its development. Riaz was previously a trustee of the charity for more than four years. In 2018, he was instrumental in setting up Keighley Creative Space, which became the current charity in 2020. He is currently vice-chair of the Media Reform Coalition and is active in the broadcasting and entertainments union Bectu.

Riaz Meer, Executive Director at Keighley Creative. Photo credit: Bob Smith Photography
Riaz Meer, who has been appointed Kala Sangam’s executive director seconded to Keighley Creative. Photo: Bob Smith Photography

He said: “I’m thrilled to join the team at Keighley Creative. There really is no place like Keighley, and no arts organisation quite like Keighley Creative. I’ve been involved as a trustee in trying to increase arts provision for the people of Keighley. I’m delighted to now step up and play a more active role in the town. 

“The next two years offer an amazing set of challenges and opportunities. Keighley must and will play a vital part in Bradford’s Capital of Culture 2025. At the same time, we will see the complete renovation of Sunwin House and the establishment of a permanent home for Keighley Creative. These are once-in-a-generation opportunities and for the sake of the people of Keighley we must seize them.

“There is no other arts organisation I would consider throwing my lot in with. I am sure there will be testing times ahead, but we have the expertise of East Street Arts, Bradford Council, Bradford 2025 and Kala Sangam to draw on. And I also have the support of our fantastic team of staff and our energetic board of trustees.

“For me, this is the right time and Keighley Creative is the right place.” 

The executive director post has been funded by major Bradford arts organisation Kala Sangam through their Cultural Development Fund award from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The post is the second Kala Sangam appointment to be seconded to Keighley Creative. In April, Lauren Kelly began working as Arts and Heritage Officer with the charity.

Alex Croft, creative director of Kala Sangam, said: “I am so pleased that we’ve been able to appoint such an exceptional candidate to the role of executive director at Keighley Creative. Our Cultural Development Fund project is aiming to make a real difference across Bradford district over the next two years, and a major priority has always been supporting Keighley to ensure arts and cultural provision is protected and grown in the town. I think we’re in safe hands with Riaz at the helm!”

To find out more, please email


We’re Hiring! Creative Director

Creative Director
Part Time

We are looking for someone to hold the creative vision for Keighley Creative and ensure the successful delivery of all programmes, including but not limited to; The Drawing Box Project; Arts for Brain Health; Keighley Creative Presents; Studio Programme; Artist Development and Progression Pathways. 

Closing Date: 19th June

To find out more or to apply, download the forms above, or email:


We’re Hiring! Event Producer

Event Producer 
Part Time (22.5 hours a week)

Come and join our small, dedicated team to fundraise for, develop and deliver Keighley Creative Presents, our year-round programme of community-focussed creative events.
Closing Date: 4th July

To find out more or to apply, download the forms above, or email:


DJ workshop at Keighley Creative with KIya Major