Our Story

HowDo?! Yorkshire started life as a cultural magazine for Bradford in 2011, providing a platform for creative organisations and individuals in Bradford to promote their activities. The magazine quickly grew in reputation and size, and was known for drawing attention to the city's emerging grassroots arts scene at a time when perceptions of Bradford were at an all-time low. In eleven issues the magazine featured a huge number of volunteer writers and featured the work of well-known local artists including Fabric Lenny, Jean Mcewan, The Print Project, and Drew Millward.

When the magazine project ended in 2013, founder and producer Martyn Johnston continued his work to promote the positive things happening Bradford, establishing a creative studio, producing zines, and starting a regional print distribution service that would underpin a future relaunch of a city magazine.

In 2014, Carl White joined the HowDo?! team as Distribution Manager, increasing capacity and developing a print distribution service that helped arts and community organisations reach diverse communities and localities throughout West Yorkshire. In 2015, HowDo?! Supported the launch of The Saltaire Review magazine and subsequent monthly titles in Bradford, Bingley, and Harrogate. This further established a print distribution service covering community locations across the Yorkshire region

From 2016 to 2020, HowDo?! Yorkshire have continued to grow our client base working to promote hundreds of arts and community events through print distribution and online. When the global lockdown hit in March 2020, all campaigns were cancelled. Our staff were furloughed and the pause allowed us to take stock and maintain financial stability so that we could emerge and rebuild our business.

During lockdown we were also given funding from Bradford Capital of Culture 2025 to produce a series of street artworks, working with local artists to brighten up Bradford!

In summer 2021, as the enquiries began to trickle in we recruited our new Business Manager Kerry Wadsworth and Marketing Manager Gina Riley who got to work rebuilding our team and re-establishing the services we provide.

If you would like to work with us, get in touch - we would love to have a conversation about the ways we can help!

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