I spent some time in the last week with the Caravan Gallery in Bradford. Started out at the Impressions Gallery having a great time viewing the photographs they have taken over the past 12 years. I’ve not had such fun in a gallery for ages. A funny, perceptive, warm look at life across the UK. The photographs celebrated the humour of everyday life.
Inspired by this I tracked down the Caravan Gallery ‘Bradford Pride of Place Project.’ I was welcomed by Jan, who offered tea and biscuits as soon as I came in the door. Everyone was welcomed this way. The people I met were not at all distant or superior, just down to earth and very positive about the places they had hitched their caravan over the years. The project is a little hard to find (7, Rawson Place) even though it is just off John Street, virtually next door but one or two to Wilkinsons.
Collages, photographs, drawings, paintings, a giant hand drawn map of Bradford (where visitors are invited to mark on ‘places of personal significance’ and ‘funny goings on’ ), stories, poems, cards, hand drawn booklets, weaving - anything considered creative with a local flavour is welcomed. So, if you were told enough times at school that you were no good at being creative - consign such nonsense to the dustbin. Get down to Caravan Gallery and get inspired. They’re in Bradford until the 11th July.