Channel 4 to commission new artwork, celebrating the lives of Bradfordians
CHANNEL 4 has commissioned a new artwork, which will pay tribute to the people of Leeds and Bradford.
Acclaimed artist Martin Firrell will work on the project titled Out of the Ordinary (in Bradford and Leeds), featuring the stories of people who live or work in Bradford and Leeds, the new home of Channel 4’s national headquarters.
Martin Firrell is one of the most exciting artists of his generation and his specialty is showing art in public places, which he says makes art “a powerful force for good that should be a joyful expression of our common humanity”.
Sinead Rocks, Channel 4’s Managing Director of Nations and Regions, said: “Martin is a huge talent and will do a wonderful job of showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of this part of Yorkshire.
“Our beautiful office in Leeds is our largest base outside of London and will serve as the launch pad for a whole program of activities across the North. This project with Martin is just the start.
Martin will record a series of short clips which he will incorporate into a final Out of the Ordinary film mosaic (in Bradford and Leeds) which will pay homage to the towns that hosted the broadcaster in Yorkshire. He wants people to describe what is extraordinary in their everyday life.
Explaining why it’s so important to him, Martin said: “I’m fascinated by people’s stories, and just about everyone has something remarkable about them if they just take the time to think about it. .”
Martin will choose his favorite clips from people’s submissions and turn them into a final filmed work of art.
Attending Out of the Ordinary (in Bradford and Leeds) is quick and easy; contributors must be over 18 and live or work in Bradford or Leeds. All people need to do to be considered for the final work is to describe in one sentence what is out of the ordinary in their daily life and, if possible, send a photo as well. The deadline for contributions is April 15. Full details can be found here
Martin will select the most “out of the ordinary” contributions to create the artwork, which will be presented later in the