In 2014 Art in Unusual Spaces programmed an art strand as part of Bradford Threadfest in a temporary gallery in Oastler Market called The Dark Matter Institute. This year for the condensed version of Threadfest we are happy to include three elements: an exhibition of prints by Drew Millward and Ben Holden at The Sparrow Bier Cafe; commissioned and invited performances as part of Threadfest that will occur in the Priestly Lounge Bar area; and guest comperes for the acts performing upstairs in the Auditorium as part of the festival. You can also pick up a copy of Javaad Alipoor’s The People Want pamphlet that was developed from his commission as part of Threadfest 2014.


In the build up and during Threadfest 2015 Art in Unusual Spaces present an exhibition of prints and illustrations by Ben Holden and Drew Millward, both of whom are best known for their work in gig posters or design for musicians and bands and both of whom live in Bradford.


Drew Millward was born in 1981 in Coventry. He grew up in Bolton, studied and lived in Leeds for many years and now lives in a quarry in the Aire Valley. He has been drawing pictures since around 2004.

Drew likes to draw ‘the old fashioned way’, using pencils, pens and a love of the craft of illustration. While his subject matter can vary dramatically, he hopes that the attention to detail and the love of drawing is apparent throughout his work.
He has exhibited throughout the US, UK, Europe and beyond, as well as having the pleasure of creating work for an ever growing international client base.


Benjamin James Holden is a designer and musician from Bradford. Has been heavily involved in the local music scene for many years, being in bands and putting on gigs, and initiated ‘No Hands’; a local collective / zine / club night / gig and general consensus to make good things happen. Previous work has included posters, fanzines, record sleeves, logos, magazines and festival branding. Ben has been responsible for the design for The Mirrored Hammer and associated projects including the branding for RECON Festival and Bradford Threadfest.

His favourite things are typography, screen printing, loud music and ale.



As part of Threadfest 2015 Art In Unusual Spaces have asked a number of artists working with live art or performance to come up with a piece as an intervention in the bar area of the Playhouse. These pieces are designed to be come across as much as they are observed from start to finish but keep an eye and ear out for exact timings so as not to miss out!


Bradford Scratch Orchestra is an open musical group, for players regardless of skill level, formal musical knowledge or instrument played. They meet every Monday at 7pm till 9pm for participant-led improvisation at the Tasmin Little Music Centre on the Bradford University campus. The group is open to non-students and students alike, people of all ages and any musical background. Participants are invited to bring something to play (it needn't be what would traditionally be classed as an instrument) or come along and use what instruments are available (piano, upright bass, electric guitar and bass, percussion). For Threadfest BSO will hold an informal drop-in workshop in the bar area that will give a taste of some of the exercises and approaches they use for collective improvisation.


Rehana Zaman is an artist producing works that examine moments of socio-political resonance through fictional and non-fictional accounts. Narratives are generated in collaboration with individuals and groups, a process that determines both the subject and structure of the work. Her recent video Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen collides a fictional soap opera about a corporate takeover with documentary fragments filmed by and about female migrant workers from the self led organisation Justice for Domestic Workers Leeds (J4DW Leeds). Rehana will be producing a new performance for Threadfest 2015.


Panelak is the performance name of musician Pascal Ansell. For Threadfest 2015 he will re-present QUATSCH a spectacular and exciting NOISE-FASHION SHOW. Pascal made lots of dresses from billboards which 3 international models will parade in slow motion to his live noise show comprising ‘terrifying child noises, contact mic abuse and waves of ecstatic guitar drones.’



For the Auditorium stage Art In Unusual Spaces has invited three of our favourite artists to act as comperes and let you know what’s up next in their own inimitable style.


Laura Milnes works collaboratively in the arts, across disciplines and in different roles including performer, writer, facilitator, curator, producer and artist. Her interests lie in live art and performance, visual art, installation and site-specificity. She makes performance based art works that explore, expand and explode her autobiography through personas, perception, perspective and prejudice.


Luke Drozd is a London based artist and illustrator who likes using his hands. Luke's work takes a range of forms but is mainly routed in sculpture, print and drawing. His illustration work includes the production of screen-printed gig posters, T-shirts, comics and more, for clients ranging from Jameson’s Whiskey to comedian Stewart Lee. He also is also the mouth part of performance duo Reet Maff'l and is one half of curatorial team 38b.


With a career spanning 40 years in the arts, Dusty Rhodes has been central to Bradford’s cultural development. With an early love of Choral and Light Opera, Dusty was a founder member of Mr Spooners Magic Theatre during his student days’ Following this he was an actor and musician in the pioneering General Will Theatre Company during the 70s. He went on to join Allan Brack in setting up the Bradford Festival Company in 1989 and remained a Director until 1997. Today he is Artistic Director of Raise The Roof who produce and facilitate arts events all over the UK.

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