17 Mar 2018
This week a collective of world-renowned artists and leading Bradford cultural figures have written an open letter to the Culture Secretary urging him to award the Odeon significant funding from the Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund:
Dear Mr Hancock,
In November 2017 it was announced that the restoration and reopening of the iconic 1930s Bradford Odeon building would be Leeds City Region’s chosen project to be considered for funding from the Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund.
Since this welcome milestone was reached, the public support for this ambitious project has continued to gain momentum as the city and wider region looks forward to the transformation of this much-loved and historic cultural landmark. Over 2,800 members of the public have signed a petition calling on the government to allocate funds from the Northern Cultural Regeneration initiative. A rejuvenated Bradford Odeon will become the beating heart of a city that is synonymous with the arts, yet has not benefited from investment in the creative industries in recent years when compared to other areas.
Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, is home to the Alhambra Theatre; Impressions Gallery; the National Science and Media Museum; and the newly opened Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall, to name just a few of our acclaimed cultural institutions. Later this year it will once again welcome audiences and artists back to the splendour of the Grade II* St George’s Hall. Bradford is the birthplace of literary icons, renowned composers, acclaimed artists and world-famous pop stars – all talented individuals who’ve gone on to inspire millions.
We now urge you to inspire the next generation of Bradfordians by backing this incredibly important project and helping us to show the world that Bradford is a true city of culture, and one to be proud of.
From representatives and friends of Bradford’s arts and creative community – please see below for a full list of signatories.
Steve Abbott, Film Producer
Syima Alsam, Director, Bradford Literature Festival
Eleanor Barrett, Co-Director, The Brick Box
Clio Barnard, Director
Duncan Bedson, Executive Director, Dance United Yorkshire
Dom Burch, Chair, BCB Radio
Alastair Campbell, Writer and Strategist
Yvonne Carmichael, South Square Centre
Alex Chisholm, Artistic Director, Freedom Studios
David Craig, Director, Assembly Bradford
Alex Croft, Creative Producer, Kala Sangam
Jane Crowther, Editor-in-Chief, Total Film
Rosie Freeman, Co-Director, The Brick Box
Natalie Gavin, Actor
Lee Goater, Graphic Designer
Bob Hardy, Musician, Franz Ferdinand
Martyn Johnson, Managing Director, HowDo Yorkshire
Aisha Khan, Artistic Director, Freedom Studios
Kamal Khan, Actor and Writer
Mick Martin, Director, Bent Architect
Evie Manning, Co-Artistic Director, Common Wealth
Anne McNeill, Director, Impressions Gallery
Dara Ó Briain, Comedian and Presenter
Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director, National Science and Media Museum
Adam Renton, General Manager, Bradford Theatres
Haigh Simpson, Editor, The Bradford Review
Julia Skelton, Executive Director, Mind The Gap
Adelle Stripe, Writer
Richard Warburton, Artistic Director, Theatre in the Mill
Timothy West CBE, Actor
David Wilson, Director, Bradford UNESCO City of Film