Inspired by Bragg

Inspired by Bragg is a series of events and activities, celebrating the life of Nobel prize winner William Henry Bragg, and commemorating the launch of the new multi-million pound W H Bragg Building at the University of Leeds. 

The Cultural Institute is producing a programme of cultural events leading up to the opening of the new W H Bragg Building at the University of Leeds in Summer 2022.  

Named after Sir William Henry Bragg, a former professor at the University who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915, the new building will bring together the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Computing, creating an engineering and physical sciences hub on the north-east corner of campus.

Inspired by Bragg will mark the opening of the building with a cultural events programme which casts light on the interdisciplinary approach that underpins research at University of Leeds, taking as its inspiration the life and work of W H Bragg, and current Bragg Centre research.

It will include:

  • a newly commissioned poem, to be performed at the opening of the building
  • a children’s book which will celebrate the story of W H Bragg and his son William Lawrence, their research or research with a clear link to Bragg's discoveries/research
  • exhibitions in the W H Bragg Building itself, and in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
  • musical compositions, as part of the University’s International Concert Series
  • narrative theatre pieces inspired by Bragg’s life
  • activities for Light Night, an annual art and light festival in Leeds

The programme has been developed in partnership with the following on-campus cultural producers:

Call for artists

The Cultural Institute and partners invite expressions of interest from poets and writers from Leeds and beyond to create works in response to the themes of the life and work of William Henry Bragg. These commissioned pieces will be included in the Inspired by Bragg programme.

Read the call for artists and submit an expression of interest.

Deadline for expressions of interest is 3 September 2021.