Fuse Art Space Inaugural Event: Portrait Salon

Metro is thrilled to support the opening of Fuse Art Space, a new art hub and independent art gallery and shop in Bradford City centre, Yorkshire


A two-year long programme of art and music events is already planned with work by some of the most exciting new artists in the UK with a hand-picked selection of prints, art books, magazines, vinyl and tapes for sale. The aim of the project is two-fold: to support new artists, and to bring art into the high street, increasing people‘s participation in contemporary art right in the centre of our community. 

“We think that the failure of commerce in our city centres provides us with an opportunity to rethink what we want our high streets to be, what services we want, and maybe the answer isn’t pound shops, betting shops and low-value commerce. Maybe it‘s valuable, communal activities such as getting involved with art, learning new skills and engaging in cultural discussion.” - James Birchall, Director, Fuse Art Space


The programme of events kicked off last week with the opening of Portrait Salon, the exhibition founded back in 2011 to show the best of the entries rejected by the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize (NPGPPP), prints were produced via Metroprint and framing by Metro Imaging.


Portrait Salon Artist Talks will also take place on 15th February, with some of the photographers whose work has been selected for this year’s Portrait Salon, along with the founders of the exhibition, Carole Evans and James O Jenkins. 


There will also be the Saturday Social, open every Saturday from 1pm to 6pm.  Everyone is invited to visit the space, relax, and listen to the programme of live music and DJ‘s, as well as having the opportunity to take part in regularly run workshops and discussions. 


Portrait Salon Exhibition 10th January  - 8th March 2014

Fuse Art, 5-7 Rawson Place, Bradford BD1 3QQ


For more information about Fuse Art Space

For more information about Portrait Salon


Image: © Alma Haser