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Building our Future! Keighley Towns Fund

Many of you may remember that back in 2021 we heard of our success in securing £2.6 million to buy and renovate an existing town-centre building so we have a permanent home in Keighley. This has been made possible through Keighley Towns Fund https://www.ourtownkeighley.co.uk/

This funding makes it possible to create an accessible and exciting Hub focussed on how we live, work and play through arts and culture, designed with, by and for our local communities.

If you would like to read more about how our future hub and festival will benefit Keighley, here you go, free to download:

More news will follow at the end of the month… watch this space!

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K-Town Shopper Video added to YouTube

We’ve just added the K-Town Shopper Video to our Youtube channel! Many thanks to filmmaker Danny Hardaker for this fantastic piece of work, it’s a great memory of a fantastic weekend.

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Welcome to Javed Bashir!

Javed has joined our team as Keighley Creative’s new Cultural Heritage and Diversity Lead. He has a rich and varied career to date working to support community cohesion; building inter-faith partnerships; doing lots of work helping up-skill organisations about their Safeguarding practices; as well as helping Supplementary Schools to make sure they have all the guidance they need to thrive.

Although Javed has lived in Keighley for most of his live, much of his work has seen him work Regionally and Nationally, and so this is his opportunity to bring his knowledge home and help make sure that we’re putting on a great mix of events and opportunities for all our communities.

P.S. We are also going to give Javed some drawing lessons… Because he joked about it at interview, and now we want to make that happen 🙂

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Gallery Open over the Summer

Whether you would like to exhibit your work, or join in with creative family activities, Our Hanover Street Gallery is open Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30am – 3:30pm.

On Wednesdays you can drop in to fun art and craft activities for all the family, and on Fridays you can bring one piece of your work to exhibit in the Gallery until 2nd September, when we will have a big closing event!

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Bradford won the City of Culture 2025!

Bradford won City of Culture 2025, known as BD25 you will hear lots more about it and how it can benefit the city, and our towns within it. We are very proud to be supporting this work, with a BIG focus on Keighley. For more information visit https://bradford2025.co.uk

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Paid Opportunities for Freelance Creatives

Are you a Keighley-based freelance creative looking for more paid opportunities?

We’re looking for artists, crafters and makers from Keighley who can run public, drop-in workshops around town. These will be mostly for children and families, but may expand to adults too.

These will be action packed days that will give you the chance to meet fellow creatives, local businesses and of course the brilliant people of Keighley!Activity days like this are busy, so you will need to be a well organised person who enjoys a challenge and who is able to make these sessions safe, friendly and above all, fun!

You will also need to have your own ideas for the workshops – making something unusual or something your visitors can take away with them always goes down well!

Ideally, you will also already have an active DBS check but please still get in touch if you meet all the other criteria.

In the first instance, we’re looking for people to run workshop days that will be managed by Keighley Creative and funded by Keighley Town Council (to be in the running for this, please get in touch by 5pm on Friday, 20th of May) but are also looking to create a long term database of Keighley-based workshop facilitators for future opportunities.

To register your interest, please return the form below to admin@keighleycreative.org

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We’re Hiring – Cultural Heritage and Diversity Lead

We’re seeking someone to join our team to lead and co-ordinate our creative outreach and engagement work with Keighley’s diverse local communities.

Keighley is home to long established communities and relatively new communities from other parts of the world including asylum seekers and refugees. We are here for everyone, and this role will help more people get involved and influence our work.

We are moving into an exciting new era in our development as a result of the Keighley Towns Fund, and we want to ensure all our communities have the opportunity to influence and impact on our future plans and programmes, and to be able to engage with the varied arts and cultural opportunities that this increase in funding will bring to the town.

This work is funded by a National Lottery Awards for All grant and is for the equivalent of two days a week for eight months. The salary is £27k per annum pro-rata. Ideally the appointee will start work in July 2022.

The ideal candidate will be sensitive and enthusiastic, experienced in working with a wide range of people and community groups. You will be able to operate independently within a supportive team and Charity environment.

The ability to speak in one of the main local South Asian languages will be an advantage, as will experience of delivering creative work with at least one of our diverse heritage local communities.

The closing date for applications for the post is 5pm on 23rd May.

Short-listed candidates will be notified by 26th May and interviews will be held on 30th May.

For an informal discussion please contact Gemma Hobbs on gemma@keighleycreative

Full details of the post and how to apply can be found here:

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Meet Our Two New Members of Staff.

We are very excited to introduce you to our new Festival and Events Director, Madeleine O’Reilly and coordinator, Cathryn Murray!

For the next two years, Madeleine and Cathryn will plan and develop our annual Keighley Arts & Film Festival, along with a full programme of other events.

Having co-founded Hull’s Assemble Fest in 2013 and with an impressive background in theatre and community arts, Madeleine is the perfect woman for the job, as is Cathryn with her experience developing community workshops.

Madeleine says: “Keighley is such an exciting place, and I really love the spirit of Keighley Creative. I’m passionate about finding and creating platforms for local artists and celebrating places, and there are so many possibilities here.

I’ve got loads of ideas. But I want to make sure they’re in tune with people here. I’m really hoping to talk to as many people as possible, find out what people are interested in; find out what people want to see, and also talk to artists as well because there are so many ideas that are already here.

I’m just really excited to start.”

Look out for more announcements about the Keighley Arts and Film Festival over the next few months!

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Big Night Out Announced for Keighley’s Women!

On Saturday 12th March, we’re bringing you an evening of FREE, showstopping entertainment to celebrate International Women’s Day in Keighley.

You’ll be celebrating with with:

• The Fingersmiths (Live Blues / Jazz)
• 3 Chord Max (Ukulele Band)
• Nabeela Ahmed (Multilingual Poetry)
• North Wind Tribal (Belly dancing)
• Bracelet Making with Sally

All Women, Including Under 18s, Welcome.

Doors Open: 7:00pm
End: 10:30pm

Free entry – booking strongly recommended.

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‘Following Threads’ Exhibition to Launch at Bradford Industrial Museum

On Saturday 26th February, our “Following Threads” exhibition will open to the public at Bradford Industrial Museum.

From prints to photography, recycled objects to paintings, you’ll be able to catch a variety of work centered around the theme of industry and our environment all created by 13 of our resident artists.

This captivating exhibition features work by Peat Blagg, Gabriela Boiangiu, Olivia Brearley, Naseem Darbey, Jane Fielder, Louise Garrett, Steve Manthorp, Letty McHugh, Bill Parker, Steve Robertson, Anna Scott, Jan Smithies and Ken Woods.

The exhibition will run until Sunday 29th Jan, 2023.

Bradford Industrial Museum
Moorside Mills
Moorside Road
Eccleshill
Bradford
BD2 3HP,

For opening times, visit https://bradfordmuseums.org/venues/bradford-industrial-museum