A Piece of Peace in the Kirkgate Shopping Centre
The Peace Museum has teamed up with East Street Arts to open A Piece of Peace – an accessible gallery space in Bradford’s Kirkgate Shopping Centre.
Opening for the first time on Saturday 27th July, the former shop has been transformed into a new gallery space called A Piece of Peace, featuring free family activities, temporary exhibitions and even a children’s reading corner.
Situated on the ground-floor’s Westgate Mall, you can browse museum-class exhibitions in the former retail setting. We’re excited to announce that some of our most popular exhibitions have been put back on display especially, including A Flawed Peace? – examining peace after WW1; Pieces of Peace – A History of Peace in 20 Objects; and Contemporary Protest.
Open every Thursday from 11am – 3pm, the pop-up gallery is totally free and as well as exhibitions, there will be a range of free children’s activities available throughout the summer.
The Bigger Picture: The occupation of the former retail unit is part of a wider project by East Street Arts to revitalise the city centre through coordinating the creative and charitable use of empty buildings. The Peace Museum’s main location, situated on the second floor of a historic building in Bradford’s Piece Hall Yard, will still be open as usual. For the museum, occupying accessible spaces such as pop-up galleries ensures equality of participation, whilst the long term plan to secure alternative premises continues.
Last year saw The Peace Museum transform the former Costa Coffee unit on Kirkgate into the first A Piece of Peace space, which proved especially popular with families. In continuing the partnership, the museum hopes to continue to expand their reach across the city and make the stories of peace accessible to everyone.