Tag Archives: Gallery II

Arts on campus

I went to a launch last week for the University’s of Bradford’s new Arts on Campus website. We have three vibrant centres of artistic practice: the Theatre in the Mill, the Tasmin Little Music Centre, and Gallery II.  We now have a Fellow working in each area to develop exciting new programmes.  Special Collections staff have close links with the arts team and wish them well as a new chapter for the arts at Bradford opens: the University has just announced a merger with  Leeds College of Music.

Double helpings of news

The Summer 2009 issue of our e-newsletter, Special Collections News, is now available, including Willie Riley, Bradfinder, and Priestley’s readership. You can be kept informed of new issues and lots of other news by joining the Special Collections Mailing List.

Also now available: the first issue of PaxCat Project Newsletter, keeping up to date with progress on cataloguing the Commonweal Archives.

Drawing for Peace

Peggy Smith selling Peace News

Peggy Smith selling Peace News

A unique and fascinating glimpse at the personalities involved in 1930s politics, pacifism and the arts will be on show at Gallery II at the University of Bradford from 6 March – 3 April 2009. The exhibition, curated by Alison Cullingford, shows pencil drawings made by Peggy Smith while she was working freelance for newspapers in the 1930s. Peggy Smith was a dedicated peace campaigner, who worked for the League of Nations Union in the 1920s, was one of the first women to sign the Peace Pledge in 1936, and sold Peace News on the steps of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for many years, as seen in this image.  The exhibition will be the first time most of these original sketches have been shown in public.

The sketches are held by the Commonweal Library and are cared for by Special Collections at Bradford.

Like Brushes with Peace, which we blogged about last year, the show highlights the rich heritage of peace art at the University and at Bradford’s Peace Museum.

Image courtesy P. Connett.

Brushes with Peace

“Margaret Glover: Brushes with Peace”, at Gallery II at the University of Bradford until 11 April 2008, puts on show for the first time a collection of paintings and sketches donated to Peace Studies at the University of Bradford by this Quaker radical artist. A fascinating visual record of British and international peace activists.

For opening hours and more detail: http://www.brad.ac.uk/admin/gallery/glover.php