The Wild Woods of Bradford

People from Bradford and beyond are invited to explore a once familiar clearing in Darley Street, transformed into an enchanted forest where the creative spirit of Bradford grows free.

The Brick Box provided a packed programme full of after dark adventures and spontaneous happenings in the Autumn of 2016, and we’re back to do it again for another three events in March and April 2017!

Join us for the Wild Woods in Bloom, when we’ll be bringing colour and springtime fun to Darley Street – both inside and outside – on March 18th, April 1st and April 15th.

The Wild Woods in Bloom is part of the Creative Streets festival in Bradford city centre.

Previous events

Events

March 18th

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The Brick Box presents The Wild Woods in Bloom

4pm til 9pm

Live performances, games, food, drink and art, including:

Dancing with Strangers: from Calais to England‘ – interactive performances from Instant Dissidence – on the Wild Woods Green – plus a documentary film being shown about the project inside the Woods (Durational)

Amazing interactive Rainbow Art workshop with Lou Sumray (Durational)

Help local artist Mussarat Rahman create a Spring Mandala to support and promote the BIASAN crowdfunding campaign (Durational)

4.00pm Bradford street band favourites The Peace Artistes blast things off in style on the Wild Woods Green

6.00pm the WOWZER girls from Bradford’s Speaker’s Corner have a friendly but CRAZY Holi festival colour fight on the Wild Woods Green! Sponsored by The Colour Museum

8.00pm – Playing us out in style the wonderful 309’s

PLUS

Foodworks – Wild Woods favourites providing delicious food as well as training and experience for students with learning disabilities

Bounce and twirl your way into Spring on the Wild Woods Green! (outdoors in Darley St) with Spacehoppers and hula hoops provided by Bradford Play and Development Services

No Hands DJs – join us on the ever popular Darley St Dancefloor and bust some moves come rain or shine!

The Boar’s Well – explore the magic and history of Bradford’s wells in this beautiful interactive installation hosted by local artist Chemaine Cooke in association with Wur Bradford

Build a Bradford Clubhouse – with Pete Scotcher. Vision and build your version of what an innovative peer run mental wellness service could look like in Bradford

Exhibition from Purple Patch

The Peace Museum – a new exhibition!

The Equity Partnership –Raising the profile and sharing the brilliance of LGBTQ services and support in Bradford

The Pondering Pond installation – gaze into its mysterious hidden depths…..

‘Digital Bluebells’ – an installation by May McQuade and Mike Barrett

Collective Visions – photo exhibition and flags from our local refugee football team

Rainbow Rob’s Rainbow Facepainting!

The Brick Box Bar – cocktails, hand pulled ales and more from our fully licensed Bar in the Woods – soft drinks available too!

Plus if you’re around a bit earlier, you can see Punjabi Roots doing some drumming outside in Darley Street from 2pm-4pm.
 
We’re always looking for volunteers to join our happy team and help our events run like magic, so if you want to play with us then please contact us.

April 1st

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The Brick Box presents The Wild Woods in Bloom

4pm til 9pm

APRIL SHOWERS IN THE WOODS – DROPS OF CREATIVITY AND BRADFORD MAGIC EVERYWHERE – COME AND GET SOAKED!

6.00pm – 7.00pm Fantastic Bollywood and Bhangra dance performances from Punjabi Roots with help from lots of excitable Bradford schoolchildren

The incredible Mind the Gap Band and DJs! – Time TBC

The mobile Herbarium – explore and learn about foraged wild food finds from across Bradford and indulge in the wild food buffet (small charge for food)

The Library Glade with the Bookstart Bear – Woodland storytelling from Bradford City Library staff. Suitable for under-sevens.

Do you Believe in Fairies? – Or are you an April Fool? Help Impressions Gallery celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cottingley Fairies. Have your face painted with magical fairy paint. Make your own fairy and hide it in the woods before you go on a fairy hunt. There are 10 fairies hidden in our fairy glade. Look very closely as these fairies only appear with special magical light!

Tweet about your fairy findings and see who believes in fairies too! @Impgalleryphoto #Impfairy Wild Woods Bradford

Workshops with Amnesty International – Get ACTIVE and support our fellow humans! Find out how you can make a difference.

The Peace Museum – Partition Workshop

PLUS

Foodworks – Wild Woods favourites providing delicious food as well as training and experience for students with learning disabilities

Bounce and twirl your way into Spring on the Wild Woods Green! (outdoors in Darley St) with Spacehoppers and hula hoops provided by Bradford Play and Development Services

No Hands DJs – join us on the ever popular Darley St Dancefloor and bust some moves come rain or shine!

The Boar’s Well – explore the magic and history of Bradford’s wells in this beautiful interactive installation hosted by local artist Chemaine Cooke in association with Wur Bradford

Build a Bradford Clubhouse – with Pete Scotcher. Vision and build your version of what an innovative peer run mental wellness service could look like in Bradford

Exhibition from Purple Patch

The Peace Museum – a new exhibition!

The Equity Partnership –Raising the profile and sharing the brilliance of LGBTQ services and support in Bradford. Includes a Trans Awareness session exploring language, the law and definitions.

The Pondering Pond installation – gaze into its mysterious hidden depths…..

‘Digital Bluebells’ – an installation by May McQuade and Mike Barrett

Collective Visions – photo exhibition and flags from our local refugee football team

Rainbow Rob’s Rainbow Facepainting!

The Brick Box Bar – cocktails, hand pulled ales and more from our fully licensed Bar in the Woods – soft drinks available too!

We’re always looking for volunteers to join our happy team and help our events run like magic, so if you want to play with us then please contact us.

April 15th

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The Brick Box presents The Wild Woods in Bloom

from 4pm

Event details to be announced

Get Involved

In all of our programming, we actively look to work with Bradford-based artists and doers of things, because this is your space as much as it is ours.

To find out what we’re up to, including other opportunities to get involved, find us on social media:
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You can also visit us online at TheBrickBox.co.uk

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Find Us

The Wild Woods venue is located at 16 Darley Street, Bradford, BD1 3HL

The Brick Box

What’s the point?

The Brick Box have a considerable amount of expertise in animating public spaces to great delight and measurable economic benefit.

We work on stimulating and supporting the leisure and night time economies in areas that suffer from complex challenges.

We boost these economies by programming quality accessible arts and cultural activities. Our placemaking strategies involve multiple stakeholders who have been a key driver in the transformation of many of the locations in which we have worked. As an example, during our Brixton Village Market project, we played a pivotal role in reinventing an ailing market as a popular leisure destination.

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The Wild Woods project in Bradford served to create measurable signs of economic growth and social cohesion leading to increased confidence and creating a sense of possibility for the future.

We promoted a clearly branded offer that targeted city centre visitors with high quality activities which had a broad appeal.

The programme focused on Friday evenings which augmented and supported other activity to help establish a new ‘sense of place’ and possibility in the city centre, which increased confidence and started to change negative perceptions.

Plus, it was a laugh!

Download the Wild Woods evaluation report (PDF)

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Who We Are

The Brick Box is an arts organisation and Community Interest Company founded by Eleanor Barrett in August 2010, with the mission to create art, love and magic for everyone. Our work brings people together to share creative experiences and invites people to see things differently

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We are passionate about meeting new audiences, particularly people who do not ordinarily engage with the arts.

We enjoy creating powerful juxtapositions through eclectic programming, imaginative contexts and unusual locations.

We value hidden voices and seek to find creative ways to hear, honour and amplify them.

We build local pride from the ground up and ensure that we always celebrate local people and assets as well programming national and international artists at our events.

To date, The Brick Box has provided:

  • 30 internships
  • 200+ volunteer placements
  • 250+ people with part and full time employment
  • 300+ businesses with increased profiles and profit
  • 4000+ artists and organisations with paid work
  • …and engaged with hundreds of thousands of audience members and participants

The name ‘The Brick Box‘ came from a box of bricks, Plasticine and broken toys that Eleanor had when she was young. Every playtime it transformed into a different world: one day a high street, the next day the cosmos. It is this creative alchemy that continues to inspire The Brick Box.

Find out more about The Brick Box.

 

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