ARTIST TALK; Bradford UK
Guided tour and talk
Bradford’s Civic Future: the Art of Kirkgate Market
Saturday 14 October 2023
Kirkgate Shopping Centre, Bradford
This event looks at how the city of Bradford is working with artist Bernd Trasberger to creatively develop the civic architecture of the city.
Like much post-war architecture, Bradford’s Kirkgate Market holds a prominent place in the collective memory of the city’s people.
Within the internal architecture of the market are murals by William Mitchell and tiles by Fritz Steller. They are powerful examples of post-war collaboration between artists and architects, inserting art into civic buildings.
Joining us to introduce this series of talks are Shanaz Gulzar, Creative Director of Bradford Capital of Culture 2025, and Councillor Simon Cunningham. Together they will outline the city’s exciting civic plans for creative place-making and culture-led regeneration.
Afterwards, art and architectural historians Dr Dawn Pereira and Christopher Marsden will discuss the history and context of the market’s William Mitchel murals and Fritz Steller tiles.
In the final talk of the day, artist Bernd Trasberger will explain his artistic project, which involves repurposing Steller’s work.
Following the talks and tours we will be serving William Mitchell-inspired ice creams, courtesy of Edible Archives’ artists Harry Jelley and Sonia Sandhu.
This event is a collaboration between Bradford UK City of Culture 2025 and the Henry Moore Institute.