13 reasons why Bradford is the greatest city in the UK

Some wouldn’t agree, but as the City of my birth I have a soft spot. We still have much to shout about!

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VLUU L310W L313 M310W / Samsung L310W L313 M310W  Please Credit: Tim Green/Flickr Bradford is worth a second look (Picture: Tim Green/Flickr)

Bradford – it may not be the city that comes to everyone’s mind first as the greatest place in the UK.

But those of us who were born and raised there, or discovered it later in life, know it has a surprising amount to offer.

From its fantastic mix of famous sons and fabulous food to green spaces and culture – here’s why Bradford deserves a second look.

1. It’s given birth to some world class talent

This image released by Starpix shows members of One Direction, from left, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne at the  premiere of the film "One Direction:This Is Us," at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.  (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca) If it wasn’t for Bradford, these guys would be a man down for a start (Picture: AP)

David Hockney, the Bronte sisters, JB Priestley and Frederick Delius all hailed from Bradford, as does Dynamo and only One Direction’s Zayn Malik. It must be something in the Yorkshire Water.

2. Bradford invented school dinners

Friends forever! (Picture: PA) Hang on, where are the chips and lumpy custard? (Picture: PA)

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Women in Art ~ Day 4 ~ David Hockney and his muse Celia Birtwell

David-Hockney

Image of David Hockney in his own art

”Has there ever been an artist quite as good at charming the public as David Hockney? Everyone knows the peroxide hair (now grey), the big glasses and the deep-voiced Yorkshire drollness. Hockney has touched the lives of millions of people who his arguably more talented contemporaries have never got near. He became the first British art star of the TV age – his easy-on-the-eye images and deadpan comments beamed into sitting rooms throughout the land – without appearing to do anything, except be himself.” Mark Hudson, The Telegraph, 2011

Although many critics are not impressed by his art, he is very popular with the public. I too have a soft spot for David Hockney and some of you may have seen me post about him in another blog earlier this year.  He is a true ”Yorkshireman”, speaking his mind and being himself.   I am from his home town in Bradford, West Yorkshire and am proud to say I attended the same college as him, but 20 years later and I studied business not art!   I love to visit the Salts Mill Gallery where much of his work is displayed. http://www.saltsmill.org.uk/

Hockney's Salts Mill

Hockney’s Salts Mill
displayed at ”Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford-UK”

An important contributor to the Pop art  movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

Trying not to get too carried away with who he is, I must go on to talk about his muse, Celia Birtwell.  After all my theme this week is about women in art.  As years have gone by, many who enjoy the various arts have a muse, including myself.  Hockney has drawn and painted  many images of Celia and also some with her partner Ossie Clark.  It has never been said he was in love with her, as he is openly gay, however they had a great friendship throughout their careers and I like to hope that they still do.

Celia Birtwell is a highly successful woman in her own right, being the most important textile designer of her generation. More about her can be seen at her website  http://www.celiabirtwell.com.

I hope you enjoy some of these unusual and eclectic pieces of art featuring Celia.

 

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Celia by David Hockney, 1969
Tate Gallery

This above etching of Celia Birtwell is typical of the fine and tender portraits with which Hockney has celebrated his close friendship with the designer over the years. Celia first met Hockney in Los Angeles in 1964. She is most famously represented in Hockney’s large double portrait Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-1 (below). With her husband Ossie Clark she was at the top of the fashion industry in London in the ‘Swinging Sixties’. Clark designed clothes using Birtwell’s textile designs, and sold them from the shop Quorum in Chelsea’s King’s Road. (Tate.org.uk)

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Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, by David Hockney
Tate Gallery

Celia with Green Hat 1984 by David Hockney born 1937

Celia with Green Hat, 1984, David Hockney
Tate Gallery

By the mid-1980s, Hockney was moving away from naturalism, drawing inspiration from early modern artists in his use of brighter colours and looser modelling.

An Image of Celia Study 1986 by David Hockney born 1937

An Image of Celia Study 1986, by Hockney
Tate Gallery

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Art Fashion
David Hockney

I do hope you have enjoyed today’s Women in Art.

Gemini

Happy Yorkshire Day

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Being a proud Yorkshire lass I have to wish all my friends and followers a Very Happy Yorkshire Day and display the Yorkshire White Rose and a few of my favorite Yorkshire things on my blog today!

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Got to love Yorkshire Tea – the best in the world!

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Yorkshire puds are yummy..
Just like Grandma used to make!

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My favorite Yorkshire seaside town.
Walk the 199 Abbey steps to the beautiful ruins of the Abbey, where the foundations date back to the 12th century.
Award winning fish and chips at ”The Magpie”

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My favorite city of York and where I had the pleasure of living and working for a short time.
So much to see in history and culture.

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York again!
The castle.

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Spectacular Malham cove in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Memories of weekend walks with the children.

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The steam train at Haworth railway station.
Haworth is a beautiful historical village and was the home of the famous ”Bronte”Sisters.
I visited this place often as I was born and grew up in this area.
Wonderful memories!

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Haworth Moor..
Said to be Emily Bronte’s setting for Wuthering Heights!
Wild and wonderful!

Not to forget the Yorkshire anthem

”ILKLEY MOOR BAHT’AT”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xON7p_Y-yaI

Instrumental version and images of the town of Ilkley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=D1cueuKaS1c

 I hope you enjoyed my little pieces of Yorkshire ”God’s county”

If you need a translation of  the song into the Queens English, I will try my best!  BAHT’AT in Yorkshire means ”without a hat” and the moral to the tale is ”always wear a hat on Ilkley Moor when you are taking out a young lady, otherwise you will catch your death of cold! ”

Love Gem Xx