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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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Monday Group: February-April 2022

We have a new set of sessions starting on February 14th, Yippee! This set of sessions is looking at, and making collages and papier mache.

This amazing, year long programme is run by Ailsa Lewer and Carine Brosse, and its for people and their carers and loved ones who are living with dementia and other long term neurological conditions.

This set of sessions is eight week long, and you can join in part-way through- you just need to chat to Ailsa first. It really is the best fun!

For more info, and Ailsa’s contact details…

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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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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