Women in uniform will take centre stage in an upcoming exhibition at Cartwright Hall, a venue under the Bradford Council’s management.

Scheduled to open its doors on 17 January and run until 12 May, the exhibition will present a collection of photographs featuring 84 women, many hailing from the Bradford district. Renowned local photographer Shy Burhan, based in Shipley, captured the images.

Shy, a Bradford district resident for most of her life, transitioned to photography as a mature student and later managed her own portrait studio for two years. Subsequently, she embraced a role as an Enterprise Officer, providing support to local women pursuing self-employment. This experience ignited her passion for socially engaged work.

The “Women in Uniform” exhibition extends Shy’s dedication to portraying women in a positive light. Focusing on women of colour, especially those in traditionally underrepresented professions, the project explores the theme of work identity. Notably, a significant portion of these pioneering women hail from the Bradford district.

The showcased women represent diverse professions such as civil engineering, policing, carpentry, and law.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “This is sure to be a fascinating exhibition showcasing not only the talents of this fabulous local photographer but also highlighting just some of the many remarkable women that make up the Bradford district.”

The official opening of the exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, 20 January, at 1.30 pm. The event will feature the screening of a short film with interviews of some of the women highlighted in the exhibition.

For more information, visit www.bradfordmuseums.org.