South Square Gallery and Centre

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South Square is a visual arts resource centre based within a Grade II listed building in Thornton, Bradford, West Yorkshire. It is home to South Square Gallery, a grassroots exhibition space that showcases an exciting programme of contemporary art and related events. The square also incorporates a community space, artists' studios, fine art framer, cafe and exhibition spaces for local artists.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

February - December
Tues - Sun, 12:00 - 15:00
And by appointment.

Closed: Mondays, Bank Holidays and all of January.

Admission charges

Free admission, donations welcome.

Additional info

The centre includes a welcoming vegetarian and vegan cafe, open the same times as the gallery.

Wheelchair access to downstairs areas and stairlift to upper floor.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
South Square Gallery

Printing Communities

  • 2 July — 28 August 2016 *on now

South Square Centre opened over 30 years ago and this exhibition brings together archive event posters from grassroots activities during this period in Bradford and beyond. The exhibition will include posters and documentation from Bradford Festival, Bradford Print Biennial, Oriental Arts, Dean Clough, 1in12 Club and South Square. The exhibition will highlight the various community and arts events that have taken place at South Square within the wider context of Bradford, a city with a strong tradition of community and grassroot projects. Reflecting on past activities hopes to spark conversations and collaborations for future programme and events for Thornton.

Opening Event: Friday 01 July,
South Square Centre: 5 - 8pm
The New Inn: 8pm til late

LIVE MUSIC - POSTER PRINTING - EXHIBITIONS - PIZZAS - Grab a freshly made pizza from Rustica by De Luca Boutique

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Admission


STEAM ahead

STEAM ahead

  • 6 September — 30 October 2016

South Square is pleased to present a series of interlinked exhibitions, workshops and events exploring the intersections of art, technology and science. This brings together a range of artists with non-traditional approaches to drawing, print, video and sculpture; using unusual tools, technologies, natural phenomena and restraints to open up the creative process.

Special Event : Introducing Bare Plume pop up cocktail bar, live music, playful art activities and refreshments: 5pm onwards 24th September 2016. Exhibition runs from 6th September to 30th October

Drawing Activity Session: 3-5pm 24th Sept 

Learn a variety of artistic creative strategies with artist and educator Cheryl Huntbach. Activities require no previous experience, all ages and abilities welcome. Free but booking required: email or call 01274 834747 and leave your name & contact.

The Big Draw Event: 1-4pm Tuesday 25th October. 

Join us in exploring this year’s Big Draw theme ‘STEAM POWERED’, at our afternoon of experimenting led by the Young Roots group. The national Big Draw and the above events support of the campaign to give the arts parity with other subjects so that STEM becomes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).

Artists include: Fiona Grady (London), Cheryl Huntbach (Leeds), Rachel Barron (Gothenburg/Glasgow), Cat Scott (Bradford),Sam Illingworth (Manchester), Melanie King (London), Young Roots (Bradford), Dominic Hopkinson MRBS (Leeds), Lawrence Molloy (Leeds) Caro Blount Shah (Bradford) Denise Oukhaba (Bradford) and Scientists Dr Mike Nix, Ben Thorne and Dr Alexey Burluka (University of Leeds)

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admisson


South Square Gallery and Centre
South Square
West Yorkshire
BD13 3LD





01274 834 747

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