South Square Centre is located on the outskirts of Bradford in Thornton, a village which is also birthplace of the three Brontë sisters. April 2016 marks the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, so to celebrate all of South Square’s exhibitors will be women and there will be a range of artworks, events and activities in response to this throughout April and May. South Square has commissioned Yorkshire Film Archive to create a short film, weaving together images of women recorded on film over the decades of the twentieth century, engaging in a variety of activities from politics, engineering, education and sports. The footage has been drawn from the collections housed by the Yorkshire Film Archive- these are not films made about women, the intention has been to capture more abstract recordings of women going about their everyday lives. To accompany the film there will be a soundtrack by Todmorden-based musician Magpahi (aka Alison Cooper). The music will be made using a mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments, processed vocals as well as objects inherited from her Bradford born relatives.
South Square also invites audiences to nominate Bradford born or based pioneering women from the time of the Brontë’s to the present day. Candidates so far include: Charlotte Brontë (Author of novels featuring strong-willed women such as Jane Eyre), Margaret McMillian (Educator and campaigner for improvement of health care for children), Beryl Burton (Record-breaking Cycling), Marianne Straub (Textile Design and 3rd female student at Bradford Technical College), Kimberley Walsh (Singer and member of Girls Aloud), Florence White (founder of the National Spinsters Pension Association) and Julia Varley (Union Representative and Suffragette). Suggestions can be made at the exhibition, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or twitter (@South_Square).
Opening Event: 7-9pm Friday 01 April 2016 - FREE All Welcome
After Party: 9pm onwards The New Inn (next door to South Square), fun quiz hosted by Agnes Clout (aka Laura Dee Milnes) DJ sets by Lucy Barker and Kirsty Taylor. Everyone is invited to bring along their own 5-song DJ-sets showcasing their favourite female musicians on mp3 players to add to the nights soundtrack.
Also get your Limited Edition Risographed Poster by Anna Peaker
PLUS 5-11pm RUSTICA by De Luca Boutique will be offering Artisan Street Food for hungry gallery goers including pizzas made to order in a wood fired clay oven!
Exhibition Open: 02 April - 29 May, Tues - Sat 12-3pm or by appointment
Supported by Arts Council England, Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Bronte Parsonage Museum.
Also on at South Square in April and May:
Calver Gallery: Transit of Venus by Jane Fairhurst (April)
Community Room: Every piece of the Earth by Shanaz Gulzar and Thornton Antiquarian Society (May)
Unit 9 Gallery: Time and Motion by June Russell (April) and Clowns by Clowns Patricia Calver (May)