Meet the man leading Bradford’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2025

“In these extremely uncertain times, it is good to know that Bradford’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2025 is in safe hands” writes Yvette Huddleston in the Yorkshire Post.

She goes on to say that Richard Shaw, who took up the post of director in November last year, is surely the right person for the job. A hugely experienced arts and media professional, he has previously held senior positions at several of the UK’s leading cultural organisations including the National Theatre, the British Film Institute and English National Ballet. And after moving back to his home county, Leeds-born Shaw hit the ground running.

“I spent a couple of months burning a lot of shoe leather,” he says. “I met as many people as I could both in the city and the wider district. I had five or six appointments a day and I guess I must have met around 400 people, listening to their ambitions for the bid. Then lockdown happened but not before we had set up a much wider consultation programme with the diverse groups and communities in Bradford.”

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