Common Wealth have a new building in Bradford! Common Space is a project of transformation. An abandoned youth employment centre developed into a political, social and creative space.
Common Space houses two small theatre stages with sound and lighting rigs, a music studio ran by All Stars Entertainment, exhibition space, a big workshop table for banquets and banner making, meeting spaces, a prayer room, a rehearsal room and the new home for Speakers Corner.
Every Thursday from 4-7pm All Stars Entertainment run a youth music studio for young people. We also host Tranquil Productions breakdance crew with rehearsal space every Thursday evening.
Every Friday from 4-7pm we host Bradford Youth Service to run creative groups for young people.
Rehearsal space for artists is available between Wednesdays-Fridays each week.
If you’re a young person and would like to get involved or an artist looking for space please email [email protected] to find out more
How do I find you? Our address is 1-3 John Street, Bradford, BD1 3JT. We are on the corner diagonally opposite Jean Junction, across the road from Highpoint and on the same side of the road as Oastler Market, Mean Old Scene and Plant One On Me.
What are the trains/buses? We are a nine minute walk from Forster Square Train station and an eleven minute walk from Bradford Interchange. Bus routes 617/618 stop on Westgate, around the corner from Common Space.
Where can I park?
1] Oastler Market Car Park (off Westgate,BD1 3SR) 50p an hour, with a maximum of 3 hour stay
2] Manor Row Car Park, (Grammar School Street, £3.00 for 24 hours)
What is access to the building like? We have a small lift and a disabled toilet on the first floor. Unfortunately as the building is a Meanwhile space the lift is an old lift with small dimensions and we are sorry to say it does not accommodate a large wheelchair. The lift dimensions are max door width 74 cm, max depth in the lift is 90 cm.
There are disabled toilets available in Oastler Market available from 8:30am-5:00pm Monday to Saturday. We have a ramp to ensure wheelchair access to stages. We will do everything we can to accommodate all access needs, so do talk to us about any you may have. We want to work to find solutions together so that there are no barriers, physical or psychological, to using this space.
How about toilets? We have bathroom facilities available for everyone. There are facilities with and without urinals, as well as a disabled bathroom. We encourage people to use the bathroom in which they feel most comfortable and to keep in mind the needs of those with disabilities.
Do you serve food, drink or alcohol? We do not serve food or drink, you are welcome to bring in your own food and drink, but we do ask that you are responsible for cleaning the place after and disposing of any food or drink waste in the street bins outside. We have a no alcohol policy within the building, this is to ensure the space is as welcoming to as many as possible. Please be aware that as Common Space is a Meanwhile Space we do not have water available on the ground floor and only have access to water in the bathrooms.
Is there prayer facilities? We have a prayer room on the ground floor which is open for all to use. This is a private space with a curtain across the glass door. We have prayer mats available for you to use and you are welcome to bring your own. You are able to use the bathrooms to wash before prayer and we will provide a lota in each bathroom. It is a multi-faith prayer room open to all, please let us know if there is anything you need.
How can I get in touch? Email us on [email protected]