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Calling Bradford-based creative practitioners

Invitation to participate in a half-day research workshop with University of Bradford and the Centre for Cultural Value

We are seeking expressions of interest from creative practitioners who are interested in working with us to shape a new case study for Bradford.

We are exploring how to improve the way creative and cultural engagement is understood and how to improve the way we engage with policy-makers so that their decisions are made on the lived experience of participants and creatives as well as on large statistical studies.

Our approach to designing the case study recognises that a really key part of better understanding what creative and cultural activity is actually valued, by whom and how, is to involve people who are actively involved in creative making from the start in our planning and exploration. This work is part of a new research programme called Making data work for public sector policy.

Your commitment
Your involvement would include taking part in a half-day online workshop on 25 May 2021.

In the workshop we will explore with you what sorts of discussions to have with creative and cultural organisations in the city (such as The Leap, Bradford Producing Hub, the Science and Media Museum, Bradford 2025 and Bradford Council), to make sure that the questions we ask of them are informed by cultural practitioners and your observations on the value of cultural participation.

For your participation we will pay a fee of £175 inclusive of all expenses. We are aiming to recruit up to 14 cultural practitioners.

Expression of interest – deadline 4pm on 11 May 2021.
We are looking for creative practitioners – professional or voluntary/amateur – to express their interest in getting involved. You should be a resident of Bradford District or work in the District. The application should outline who you are, provide details of your creative activity and what you would like to contribute to our project. The expression can be in written or video/audio form.

Please fill out your expression of interest form here, deadline 4pm, 11 May 2021.


  • Cultural practitioner – professional or voluntary/amateur – working in any creative discipline
  • Resident or work in Bradford District
  • Able to commit to attending an online, half day workshop on 25 May 2021
  • Have an interest in exploring with us how to get a better understanding of what creative and cultural activity is actually valued, by whom and how.
  • Submit an expression of interest by 4pm on 11 May 2021.

About the research project
The Centre for Cultural Value is leading a national research project to create a step change in the collection, collation, management and evaluation of cultural-sector data. We are working in collaboration with the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, The Audience Agency, MyCake and a consortium of academic researchers to develop data standards and protocols to inform a cultural policy framework. This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Partners in Bradford are University of Bradford, Born in Bradford, The Leap, Bradford 2025, Bradford Producing Hub, the Science and Media Museum and Bradford District Council.

Image credit: We Are Bradford. Photo courtesy of National Science and Media Museum

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