Art Exhibition ‘Unfolding’ Launches Next Month

“Art, like life, has a beautiful way of unfolding”: Bradford Cathedral and Kala Sangam join up to exhibit art created during the pandemic.

The exhibition of pieces by collective ‘Aire Valley Arts’ will run from Wednesday 1st September through to Thursday 28th October at Bradford Cathedral and Kala Sangam, starting with an opening event

Sixteen months after the last Artspace exhibition, art is returning to Bradford Cathedral this Autumn with Aire Valley Arts’ new exhibition ‘Unfolding’. The pieces, created by the collective, will be displayed in the brand-new exhibition ‘Unfolding’, which will be held between the Cathedral and the Kala Sangam Arts Centre.

What is ‘Unfolding’?

“Art, like life, has a beautiful way of unfolding in its own exquisite way and in its own natural time frame.

“We may start with an idea, a concept, a vision, but the real beauty, in art and in life, is often found when we allow a natural, unforced, free-flowing unfolding.”

The resulting exhibition, ‘Unfolding’, is a celebration of this natural, creative process. The artwork that will be showcased was created during the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021.

Jane Fielder, of Aire Valley Arts, says: “At the start of the pandemic, no one could have predicted what would happen in 2020 and 2021 and the results of each artist’s journeys were, as then, totally unknown. All that was clear was the commitment of all of the artists to allow the exhibition to develop its own momentum, direction and content. And therein has lain the real beauty: in the delightful surprise of the unfolding of art.”

‘Unfolding’ has been created and developed within the constraints and challenges of the last sixteen months, a time when normal artistic practices such as meeting together and visiting galleries have largely not been possible. For some, this time has been totally oppressive and constraining. For others the space made available by the pandemic has been freeing and enabling.”

Alex Croft, Creative Director at Kala Sangam, says: “We are delighted not only to be working with our neighbours Bradford Cathedral to host our first ever joint exhibition but also that we are supporting local artists at the same time. As well as celebrating Aire Valley Artists’ talent, this exhibition is the perfect way to welcome the public back to Kala Sangam and the Cathedral, two of Bradford’s best buildings, after such as long time away and we hope that each of our audiences will see it as an opportunity to explore a new space as well as visiting an old friend.”

The opening night of ‘Unfolding’ will be held from 7-9pm on Wednesday 1st September at Bradford Cathedral and Kala Sangam. You can reserve your free place on Eventbrite at

‘Unfolding’ runs from Wednesday 1st September through to Thursday 28th October, and you can view the entire exhibition between 10am and 4pm Mondays – Fridays (except 12noon – 4pm Wednesdays) and from 10am – 2pm Saturdays.  Please visit the Bradford Cathedral or Kala Sangam websites to check for any changes to these times. There may be opportunities outside of these times to see some parts of the exhibition.

Visitors are encouraged to share their thoughts on the exhibition using #AVAUnfolding on social media. The artwork is also available to buy, which can be done at the Bradford Cathedral office between 10am and 1pm or details can be left with the members of staff at the exhibition.

Finally, while restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines in order to enjoy these events in a safe and responsible manner.

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