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New Chair of Trustees Sought

Keighley Creative is about to enter an exciting but demanding new stage in our evolution as one of the major creative ventures locally and in the wider region.

We have secured significant funding of around £2.8m to purchase, refurbish and equip a new creative hub based in the centre of Keighley and support the expansion of the Keighley
Arts and Film Festival as well as our other creative ventures.

There are also major opportunities that have recently been confirmed to extend our partnership working with bodies such as our District and Town Councils, the local Further Education college and Channel 4 as well as many local community and statutory organisations. We are also actively involved in Bradford’s bid for the UK City of Culture 2025.

We are now seeking a new Chair to drive forward the organisation at what is a crucial stage in our development. Working with our strong team of Trustees, freelance creatives, and volunteers the ideal person will have significant leadership experience of taking major initiatives forward at Board level.

You will also need to share our values and passion for our Town and its people, and the opportunities a major creative organisation will bring.

Keighley is a diverse town, and we encourage applications from people with diverse personal and professional backgrounds although a strong commitment to the arts, culture and creativity is important too.

Please contact Fiona Sherburn on Fiona.sherburn@btinternet.comfor a job description and person specification.

For an informal discussion about the role and to learn more about this exciting opportunity please contact the Vice Chair Georgina Webster (07484 64406) or Fiona Sherburn (09854 909906).

Applications by CV with a supporting statement which should set out why you are applying andthe skills and experience you will bring to the role.

Deadline for applications 30th October 2021

Interviews 11th November 2021

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New Exhibition!

Letty McHugh (one of our fantastic studio holders!) and Jess Kidd (a brilliant local artist!) are exhibiting together in a new exhibition titled Worth.

Do come along and see Jess’ new paintings of Keighley, and Letty’s seven metre long banners inspired by our textile and family histories.

Gallery open on Mondays and Thursdays, 11am – 3pm, and Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Last day is 16th October.

The gallery is an easy access space, all on one level and near to the train and bus station.

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THE FESTIVAL IS NEARLY HERE!!! Yippee!

8th – 10th October, a whole long weekend of fantastic fun and events! Free or low cost throughout. Have a look at our programme and get involved… There is something for everyone 🙂





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Watch This Space!

Recognise this spot? Well get ready for a Summer Surprise!

As a part of Summer Unlocked (a Bradford Council funded outdoor events programme happening in the district this summer), we are working with a group of artists and creatives to transform this amazing location. Why? Because the space is really interesting. The brutalist architecture inspires us… as do the Hanover Street trees… And we’ve been looking for an excuse to talk to the people who use it for a while now, so this is perfect!

Join us as we create a WOW moment for the town this summer!

Watch this space… more news shortly 🙂

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SUCCESS! Keighley Towns Fund Bid

We just want to say a massive CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who has been a part of Keighley’s successful bid to the government to secure a substantial amount of financial investment into our town. The projects that make this bid up look brilliant, and Keighley Creative is one of them! Such exciting times ahead! We will keep everyone posted as we find out more. Onwards and upwards Keighley, let’s show the world just how incredibly creative we are 🙂

https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/19357254.33-6-million-keighley-a-game-changer/

Image featured is a photograph of the story our studio holder, Letty McHugh wrote about the town and beyond- Standing in History.

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Drawing Dialogue 3 / 2019 – 2021

New Exhibition- OPEN NOW!

Project curated by Gabriela Boiangiu, See What’s On for more information 🙂

Where?

Keighley Creative Gallery

Keighley Creative / Hanover Street / Keighley / BD21 3QJ

When are we open?

10 June- 1 July 2021

Monday     11am – 3pm

Thursday    11am – 3pm

Saturday   10am – 4pm (Hours extended due to requests!)


FEATURING THE ARTWORK OF:

Amanda Allan, Leslie Atkins, Garry Barker, Kate Black, Gabriela Boiangiu, Valentin Boiangiu, Wendy Chandler, Fergus Channon, Hannah Chesterman, Niamh Clarke, Claire Daniel, Patrick Ford, Ramona Garaldi, Mirela Ivanciu, Madeline Jones, Becky Korn, Gaby Lees, Amy Mahony, Matthew Merrick, Toni Mosley, Joan Murray, Elizaveta Ostapenko, Lena Phalen, Jan Phillip, Lada Shapovalova, Penny Sharp, Andrea Shearing, Penny Simmons, Bridget Tempest, Diana Terry, Andrea Thoma, Skye Williams, and Stuart Wilson.

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SEEKING: Freelance Festival Coordinator

Keighley Arts and Film Festival (KAFF) 2021

Fixed term, 5 month contract: To work 68 days between June – October 2021

Are you interested in working with Keighley Creative? Have you got great, relevant experience of event and festival coordination, especially around the arts and film? Do you enjoy finding the funding to make things happen? Are you keen to develop working partnerships across the district?

Then this opportunity is for you! See PDF attached for more information and how to apply.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 9am Monday 24th May 2021

https://keighleycreative.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Keighley-Creative-seeks-Freelance-Festival-Coordinator.pdf

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Tuesday Group!

Tuesday Group is an inclusive dementia-friendly art and story group that meets online fortnightly. Our aim is to get together, meet new people and feel connected whilst trying out new things.

The sessions are run by two very experienced artists, so you’ll be in safe hands!If you are living with dementia, or if someone you know, or care for, is living with dementia (or a long term neurological condition such as Parkinson’s Disease) and you would like to give this a go, please contact us.

This group is for carers too as it’s a chance to unwind and enjoy yourself. The next session is tomorrow, Tuesday 26th Jan. Contact us on 07983 560273 or email gemma@keighleycreative.org if you would like to join in or want more information.

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What does culture mean to you?

What does culture mean to you? In the second half of last year, we held zoom sessions with lots of different people who live and work in Keighley to find out just that. These conversations were part of Bradford Council’s 10-year ‘Culture is Our Plan’ project. The aim of which is to re-imagine the whole of Bradford district as a cultural space – our homes, our mills, hills, streets, markets, moors and parks. To recognise that our cultural life is everywhere and in everyone and is vital to our wellbeing, education and sense of pride in where we live.

Our community zoom sessions focused on the hopes of the people of Keighley with the aim of us being able to meet some of these needs over the coming years. One of our studio holders, Naseem Darbey, then translated these conversations into vibrant illustrations. Naseem says: “Zoom is odd to me- we are all together yet so far apart. The sessions often started quiet, but then burst into colour and strong, urgent ideas- I have tried to capture this experience.”

One of the major themes of all our discussions was how the word ‘Culture’ means different things to different people. But what really shone through was how much people want to celebrate this diversity and GET INVOLVED! We’ll be sharing a lot more of these conversations in the coming weeks. And we’d especially like to keep them going – so come on, what does Culture mean to you?

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New Studios… Coming Soon!

It has been a while (and sorry if you have enquired about a studio with us in the last few months- we decided not to take on anyone new until we can open up more fully post Lockdown 1… Lockdown 2… you guessed it- Lockdown 3!) but we are now on with building some more studios! Yippee!

Keighley Creative New Studio
Keighley Creative New Studios

As soon as we can say more we will, but in the meantime, if you are interested in having a studio with us, you can apply here. We want to get a really diverse studio offer going, so if you are working creatively with new technologies, or ancient crafts, all are welcome. We are particularly interested to hear from people with Keighley Postcodes, from working class and poor backgrounds. This could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!