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1mile² Bradford

1mile² Bradford is delivered in partnership with City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and DCMS and is part of the worldwide celebrations of 2010 as International Year of Biodiversity.

1mile² 2010 launched on Thursday 28 October 2010. Impressions Gallery, ecologist Charlie Gray, photographer Gohar Dashti together with local people explored the plants, people and cultures that make up the Little and Great Horton neighbourhoods of Bradford. Free workshops and events included guided walks, photography workshops and discussions at Impressions Gallery and around the square mile.

During November 2011, Impressions Gallery hosted a series of photography walks for local participants who explored and documented the diverse cultures and environments of Great Horton and Little Horton. Each photo-walk explored a different theme. In week one, the session was led by Bradford based ecologist Charlie Gray and investigated the wide range of plants and herbs growing in the square mile. In week two, local historian Nafees Nazir helped uncover the fascinating history of the buildings and places within the urban environment. The third session was led by photographer Simon Warner and explored cultural diversity and its expression with visits to a mosque and local shops. Participants then had the opportunity to work with the programming team at Impressions Gallery to edit and select their photographs for a projection shown during a public event to celebrate the project on Thursday 9 December 2011.

Follow the link to view a slide show of the participants photographs

1mile² inspires communities to explore the cultural and ecological diversity of their neighbourhoods through artistic engagement. Artists and ecologists lead activities and events for local people within each square mile and engage participants in an investigation of community, culture and environment.

Charlie Gray is an ethnobotanist exploring human-plant relationships. An educator, researcher and writer her current focus is adaption to the challenges of climate change and peak oil through community-led action, local food production and community forestry in Mexico.

Gohar Dashti is an artist exploring social issues in Iran, often through photographic self-portraits. Her work has been shown at Hillyer Art Space in Washington, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran; and Iran & Silk Road Gallery, Tehran. She is represented by Kaysha Hildebrand Gallery in Zurich.

Impressions Gallery promotes photography that gets people looking, thinking and talking. Established in 1972 as one of the first specialist photographic galleries in Europe, it has grown to become one of the UK’s leading independent venues for contemporary photography. Its new building in Centenary Square Bradford, which opened in August 2007, is the first public-funded specially built gallery for photography in the UK. Impressions is funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire, and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.