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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!

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Call for Drawing Box Drawings and Stories!

Are you enjoying this year’s Drawing Box Project? It’s the last two weeks and we would LOVE to see how you are getting on.


We have been sharing lots of your brilliant drawings and photos online, but we can never have too many! You can share pages from your sketch books and fold out sheets, or tell us about the objects you have chosen. Let us know what you’ve enjoyed, what would have made it even better, and what you would like us to do next year. Your feedback is very important to us, thank you.

You can share your images on the Keighley Creative Instagram and Facebook pages, remembering to use our hashtags: #kcdrawingboxproject and #yourhouseisamuseum, or you can email images or comments to Naseem directly at Naseem@keighleycreative.org.

Pete Blagg - Drawing Box Project
Pete Blagg
Jane Gerwitz Drawing Box Project
Jane Gerwitz
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Kaff Intimate a new type of festival for Keighley

Remember 2019 and the first Keighley Arts and Film Festival?  We have not been able to go live this year with fantastic performances, so we have devised special events to take place online. Keighley Arts and Film Festival will be accessed via Facebook and Youtube.  The online Festival has been named ‘Intimate’ for this 2020 year and will come directly from the sofa’s of our performers to yours.

We have lined up for you exciting events including fresh new talent from Keighley.

Briefly this includes Rose Wheeler and Bryan Diggle performing favourite songs. Some of you will know Rose from the popular Keighley duo Felka, Rose with her beautiful voice and theatrical skills will create something spectacular for Keighley residents. Brian accompanies her on a range of instruments. We are asking everyone to contribute to the selection process for songs on the Keighley Arts and film Festival Facebook. Look out for Rose and Bryan’s first release Friday 31st July – this will be their own rendition of Cars by Garry Numan. Watch out for the extraordinary video!  Further releases of remakes of some classic songs will follow as August progresses. 

Follow us on Facebook to find out more: Keighley Arts and Film Festival

Our favourite story teller Sue Dyde will present Murky Tales of Keighley, skillfully creating a web of intrigue with her quirky tales. This will be experienced as a podcast online. Murky Tales will be released towards the end of September.

Nabila Ahmed, multilingual poet will be delivering as a podcast, a series of beautiful poems covering themes such as love, injustice and isolation. A tonic for our times Nabieela’s poems sing out with personal experience and warmth. During August, She will read a selection of her poetry in 3 languages, Urdu, Bahari and English. Nabeela will be holding an online tea party and poetry reading for all to take part in on Friday 28th August. This will be online and will be widely publicised. At the tea party we will be hearing a little of her poetry and talking to Nabeela about her career in spoken word with a question and answer session. You can hear more from Nabeela and the team behind this years festival on Asian Fever Radio in August. 

During October the RATMA Film Festival will take place and we will be making announcements nearer the time about that.  We are looking forward to seeing what Films Marcus and Gareth have found around the world for us to see. Have a look on the RATMA festival web site for details of how to enter your films into the competition. 

https://www.ratmafilmfestival.com/