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Update: Exhibiting oct 30th- nov 5Bradford, city parkbdis:Lit#Bradford 2025


[A play on words between 'Kun fayakun' and beacon. Kun means "to be" in Arabic.]

Artists & Collaborators

Meet the team that is creating the Light Sculpture for Bradford City Centre. Originally commissioned for Bradford Council, The National Media Museum & The Leap.


Fayakunu Cultural Art Studio is proud to announce the commissioning of our very first Art Sculpture for Bradford Council in the BD:isLit festival coming to the city this October. With Bradford finally receiving the City of Culture award, the Bekun is a testament to our home. Through the challenges of the cost of living crisis and current events, it is clear that the visual arts can provide a morale boost. Samuel Lister's mill is now reimagined to act as the meeting point of cultures, shining a light on the experience of migration for the mill workers of Bradford. It is a testament to Bradford’s post-industrial history and our resilience in the face of economic decline.

“Having been born in this city to a family of Pakistani migrants, I have a duality of experience, love and respect for my home. On one hand, I see it as any other Bradfordian, in awe of its architecture, cultural heritage and diversity. From another angle, I respect this city as the land of opportunities my late grandfather sought when he arrived in the early 60s. He worked in Greengates & Richmond mill, manning the colossal wool machines; whilst my grandmother sewed clothes at home for Grattan, Littlewoods and other companies on her trusty Singer sewing machine.” - Kasim Tariq, 2023 (excerpt from proposal.)

Lister's Mill in Depth...


The migrant communities that settled due to the textile enterprise were invited to England to bolster the economy in post-war Britain. They viewed their arrival in Bradford as a new beginning and an opportunity for their families to thrive. Each new migrant came with their own set of dreams, hopes and aspirations which are captured in the essence of the Lister Mills chimney reimagined as a lighthouse. Through this sculpture, the mill becomes a beacon of productivity, whilst reflecting its history and connecting the monument to the individual lives of each viewer.

The Bekun shines a light on the context of everyone's stories of arrival to our city. Whether indigenous families migrated away from feudal settlements to work in the mills in the pre-industrial era or whether migrants traversed the globe in search of better opportunities, the Bekun speaks to every inhabitant of our city.


Kasim Tariq, the Lead Artist and Creative Director for Fayakunu, is collaborating with local artisans to bring this vision to reality. A stained glass artist and an artisan blacksmith are involved in the project along with Signify and LITE who have sponsored the Lighting solutions for the installation. Kasim will be casting the monument from an architectural resin called Jesmonite. The BD:isLit festival is organised and supported by Bradford Council, The Leap, The National Media Museum, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Levelling Up.

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