Bradford's Industrial Revolution

What is the Coat of Many Cultures?

Two Bradford schools worked with artist Naomi Parker to create a new work of art that celebrates the rich cultural history of the Bradford District.


Now on display at Bradford Industrial Museum, The Coat of Many Cultures is 2.5m long and made up of many pieces, each depicting a different side of Bradford life.


AS Level Art and Design Students from Hanson School and Year 6 children from Springwood Primary School worked together to create fabric images of local landmarks, such as the Alhambra Theatre and Salts Mill, as well as mosques, temples and churches. 


They worked with Naomi Parker, who designs and constructs costumes, masks and puppets for carnivals and theatre productions. On the coat, you will find a portrait of Naomi, and each of the people who took part in this project.


The coat is currently displayed in the You Are Here Gallery in Bradford Industrial Museum, a new gallery which explores Bradford's cultural diversity by looking at the history of the city and how generations of settlers have influenced industry, architecture, sport and culture.

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