Impressions Gallery

Impressions Gallery
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Impressions Gallery opened in 1972 as one of the first specialist contemporary photography galleries in Europe. Since then we have established ourselves as a leading international exhibition space for photography and digital art. We support and promote innovative and creative work that extends the boundaries of current photographic practice. Digital imagery, film and video are essential resources for the contemporary artist, and this is reflected in our programme. We are a small not-for-profit organisation who are dedicated towards providing the local community and our wider international audiences the very best of contemporary photography and digital media.

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Opening hours

opening times
Tuesday - 10am to 6pm
Wednesday - 10am to 6pm
Thursday - 10am to 6pm
Friday - 10am to 5pm
Saturday - 10pm to 5pm
Sunday - Closed
Mondays - Closed

Admission charges

Free Admission.

Additional info

Booking advised for group visits. Please call 0845 0515 882 or email

Collection details

Film and Media, Fine Art, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
No Idea, Liverpool 2013 © The Caravan Gallery

extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery

  • 29 May — 29 August 2015 *on now

Selected from The Caravan Gallery’s huge archive of images, extra{ordinary} offers an insight into the reality and surreality of everyday life in 21st century Britain.

In an alternative to the picturesque and often clichéd images found in tourist information brochures, the artists, Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale, seek out the curious, unusual and absurd in the places they visit. The artists say, ‘The Caravan Gallery doesn’t airbrush out Portaloos, and we’re as likely to photograph tanning salons as thatched cottages’.

The Caravan Gallery itself is an innovative photography gallery-on-wheels. Since 2000, Williams and Teasdale have travelled thousands of miles, taking their iconic 1969 mustard-coloured caravan to locations across Britain, from London’s Tate Britain to the small fishing port of Peterhead in the North East of Scotland, in a quest to share their photographs and inspire others.

Contributions from local people are vital to the project. The artists delight in talking to the many visitors drawn to the caravan, and seek out their recommendations of people and places worthy of investigation. Williams and Teasdale have photographed everything from distressed shoppers in Liverpool to a one-penny wedding dress; from a box of mystery vegetables, to an elderly couple enjoying the papers whilst wedged in between two cars in a lay by, oblivious to the scenery. The artists say, ‘Unexpected delights are to be found in the most unpromising situations, and vice versa. Many of our images tell stories and raise questions. They might be tawdry, topographic, touching, tragicomic, typical and sometimes irreverent but are always real’.

The exhibition, extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, is one of three components in a major citywide project. Over the course of the exhibition visitors will also be able to experience The Caravan Gallery on location during the Bradford Caravan Gallery Tour, and contribute their own photographs to the Bradford Pride of Place Project displays in pop-up hubs in the city centre.

The Pride of Place Project Tour is a project by The Caravan Gallery funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Caravan Gallery is a collaboration between artists and photographers Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale, who use photography to document what they call the ‘reality and surreality’ of everyday life. Founded in the year 2000, The Caravan Gallery is a mobile exhibition space and itinerant social club on wheels housed in a 1969 mustard coloured caravan. The venue has travelled thousands of miles taking contemporary art to unexpected locations and tens of thousands of people in Britain and abroad.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Saturday Stop at Impressions Gallery

  • 21 February — 19 December 2015 *on now

Visit our exhibition, relax in the lounge overlooking City Park and enjoy free creative activities for children

Showcase your artistic skills on our drawing wall or have fun with make- and-take activities. You can also visit our neighbour City Library with free storytelling for families every Saturday morning at 11.00am. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Free event, drop in.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Impressions Gallery


Impressions Gallery
Centenary Square
West Yorkshire




Learning & Audience Development Co-ordinator (Contact for Group Visits)


01274 737843

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