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Bad Practice: a centre for collective action

At Gallery II Thursday 23rd March  – Thursday 1st June 2017 and 19 - 24 June + 1 July for Refugee Week. (Closed for bank holidays:  Fri 14th April, Monday 17th  - Tuesday 18th April, Monday 1st May, Monday 29th May)

Find out about events in association with the exhibition

Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena (2016)

Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena (2016) Rehana Zaman, video still

Bad practice sets out to question

workshop-based activities that increasingly

exist within the art world.



Who benefits from collaborative art making and workshop based activity?

What outcomes and levels of sustainability can realistically be achieved?

Who determines these outcomes?

How are individuals and groups brought into conversation?

What working models exist-

How might they be reimagined and repurposed?

We are interested in learning-

What can we bring and what can we take away from a centre of temporary exchange?







Between March and June 2017 Bad Practice will occupy Gallery II, centring women’s experience, learning and knowledge. During this period we will exhibit three films in the gallery: Women Work (1984) by East Leeds Women’s Workshop, Cycles (1989) by Zainabu Irene Davis and Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena (2016) by Rehana Zaman. We will also use the gallery to host a short course on furniture making for all who identify as women, with carpenter Sue Clarke; radical ESOL classes; an inner midwife pottery workshop with Liz Whitney (Faculty of Health Studies); planting workshops with Grow Bradford; a temporary plant nursery; an exhibition of work by Schools of Sanctuary during Refugee Week; a relaxation cube; and an information drop-off point for Bradford-based activist and community projects. Find out more

Who are Bad Practice?

We identify as ‘cultural workers’ whose activity involves teaching, making, organising, curating, discussing and consuming art in its broadest and most exploratory sense. We are committed to working with an anti racist, anti capitalist, intersectional feminist method. Within the context of Gallery II at the University of Bradford, we want to confront the institutional violence, silencing and exclusion that takes place historically and presently, along the lines of race/sex/gender/disability and class within the university and within the ‘art world’.

Current members: Amy Charlesworth, Gill Park, Louise Shelley, Rehana Zaman

Supported by Women Make Movies, University of Bradford and Arts Council England.