Bradford Urban Garden Project, Bradford, England (2010)
The Bradford Urban Garden, or BUG, is a three acre temporary green space for arts and community activities and events. It was opened in 2011 and has hosted many events including the Bradford ‘May Day’, Bradford Pride, Bradford Reggae Sunsplash and the ever popular Skyride cycling event. Together these events attracted more than 20,000 visitors.
Many of Bradford’s schools created art work for the site and pupils from local schools have worked with local businesses to create planters for growing flowers and vegetables. Local artists have been commissioned to create interesting murals for the site, celebrating Bradford’s landscape and communities, as well as interesting structures such as the Belvedere a hexagonal ‘pavilion’ originally created to show artists films.
The Bradford Urban Garden is expected to close in mid-2013 as work starts to construct the Westfield Bradford retail development.
Fabric would like to thanks all its partners who helped develop, maintain and animate the BUG. In particular we’d like to thank Bradford Council and its staff for helping turn our vision into reality in such a short space of time, Raise the Roof for supporting so many of the events that took place and the many artists who helped create the BUG and bring so much life to the space.