Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

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Cartwright Hall is Bradford's civic art gallery and offers an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions, with four permanent galleries displaying works from our art collections. The collections consist mainly of 19th and 20th century British art, with strong collections of international contemporary prints and contemporary South Asian art and crafts.

In 2008 Cartwright Hall re-opened its upper galleries with Connect, a new permanent exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Connect makes connections between works of art from different cultures and times. This transcultural concept combines over two hundred Eastern and Western works of art displayed according to the universal themes of People, Place and Imagination.

Our Learning Team runs a programme of workshops and events for schools, groups and individuals. Many of Cartwright Hall's facilities are available for hire. Please contact Reception for information in advance of your visit 01274 431212.

Cartwright Hall has been collecting prints for over one hundred years and its collection includes works by master printmakers such as Francisco Goya, William Blake and Walter Sickert and by modern masters - Pop Artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Richard Hamilton. We also have the four major series of prints produced by David Hockney; Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, The Blue Guitar, A Rake’s Progress and Illustrations of the Poetry of C. P. Cavafy. For enquires regarding the print collection please contact cartwrighthall@bradford.gov.uk

Cartwright Hall is set in the magnificent, Green Flag-awarded grounds of Lister Park, with a boating lake, adventure playground and Mughal Gardens. There is a privately run cafe in the Lister Park boat house which opens seasonally.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm

Closed: Mondays (except Bank Holidays), Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Admission charges

Admission free

Getting there

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is in the middle of Lister Park, one and a half miles from the City Centre on the A650 Manningham Lane. There is limited parking in Lister Park, accessible from North Park Road (off Oak Lane). Lister Park is served by many city centre bus services including 23, 25, 26, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 622, 647, 662, w5. Cartwright Hall is about ten minutes' uphill walk from Frizinghall railway station.

For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit www.wymetro.com

Additional info

Disabled parking and wheelchair access to rear of the building. Please ring bell and an attendant will assist. Access to all departments is by a lift. Accessible toilet. Baby changing unit.

The collections consist mainly of 19th and 20th century British art, with strong collections of international contemporary prints and contemporary South Asian art and crafts.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Music, Science and Technology, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of statue at cartwright hall

Connect

  • 1 November 2008 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The collections consist mainly of 19th and 20th century British art, with strong collections of international contemporary prints and contemporary South Asian art and crafts.

In 2008 Cartwright Hall re-opened its upper galleries with Connect, a new permanent exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Connect makes connections between works of art from different cultures and times. This transcultural concept combines over two hundred Eastern and Western works of art displayed according to the universal themes of People, Place and Imagination.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/venues/cartwrighthall/

Sculpture Trail: Art in the Park

  • 2 February 2016 — 4 February 2018 *on now

Stroll around Lister Park to view sculpture and public artwork, some on loan by the artists, others from Bradford's own collections.

Bingley Based artist Marcus Levine's steel clout nail sculpture 'Hung Out to Dry' and family favourite, fibre glass 'Hochlandbew' by Otmar Alt are also included. Don't miss the magnificent wire 'Torsos' by Sophie Ryder, ending with pure granite, Edinburgh based Jake Harvey.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/whatson/event_detail.php?ID=808

Streetscene with man dressed as a tiger

India's Gateway:Gujarat, Bombay & Britain

  • 20 March — 3 July 2016 *on now

When ships from London’s East India Company dropped anchor off the coast of Gujarat in 1608 the region became the first point of contact between Britain and the Indian subcontinent. It was the beginning of an extraordinary relationship that endures to this day, and one that fundamentally changed Gujarat and its people, who themselves have profoundly altered the fabric of modern day Britain.

This touring show uses newly commissioned photography, film and audio gathered in Mumbai and Gujarat. Including archive pictures, objects and ephemera drawn from local museum collections and British Gujaratis themselves, reflecting stories particular to each different area.

This is a multi-media exhibition that weaves together the historical narrative and the personal stories of life in contemporary Britain and India. Co-ordinated by film-maker and community historian Tim Smith alongside creative agency Oriental Arts, learning and outreach specialist Elizabeth Smith, and audience development and evaluation consultants Wafer Hadley.

Funded by Arts Council of England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/whats-on/indias-gateway-gujarat-bombay-and-britain

Sandpiper in flight

This World of Wet and of Wildness by Angie Rogers

  • 6 April — 11 September 2016 *on now

Angie's work is concerned with experiences of the dramatic landscape near her home in the upper Calder Valley. Her responses are informed by a deep knowledge derived from decades of walking in the South Pennines. The seasonal transformations of the windswept moors and the steep wooded valley are acutely observed along with the secret life of the plants and creatures that inhabit this watery world under the tumult of the weather.

Angie enjoys working across disciplines but drawing and printmaking are always at the core. Her prizewinning woodcuts are well known in Yorkshire and have been commissioned by countryside and conservation agencies. In 2011 Angie was Resident Artist for the Watershed Landscape Project which won a UK landscape award in 2012 and an EU cultural prize in 2013.

You can follow the progress of Angie's work on her blog: www.tumblinghills.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org

Front door and window of house

David Hepher - Windows

  • 23 April — 27 November 2016 *on now

A partnership exhibition with Flowers Gallery, London, which will bring a retrospective survey of Hepher's paintings to Bradford. An art work by Hepher held in Bradford Museums and Galleries' fine art collection, entitled 'The windows of No 19' will also be on show. Hepher's subject matter, ranging from near life-size suburban house-fronts to monumental tower-blocks, allies him with the avant-garde and a cutting-edge force in painting. Flowers Gallery has been associated with his work since Angela Flowers opened her first gallery in 1970 and has exhibited his work at home and abroad ever since.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org

Self portrait by Tony Bevan

Tony Bevan

  • 16 June 2016 — 19 February 2017 *on now

Tony Bevan was born in Bradford, UK and studied painting and sculpture at Bradford School of Art, then in London at Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Fine Art.

His figurative paintings of the 1980s established his forceful imagery contred on the human form in isolation. In his mature work he has concentrated on human head, many of them disguised self-portraits seen in extremis: viewed at odd angles, truncated and enlarged so that they take on the attributes of landscape. The same visceral language is applied to other subjects, including architectural interiors and table-top still lives that likewise convey heightened emotional states.

Bevan is internationally recognised as one of the Britain's most distinguished and distinctive contemporary artists; his works are held in the collections of numerous major public institutions across Europe, the UK and America including: National Portrait Gallery, London, Tate Gallery, London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and of course, Bradford Museums and Galleries - of which the 2 pieces held will be on show as part of the exhibition.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org

Garden within a Garden by Imran Qureshi

  • 22 June — 30 September 2016 *on now

Part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First world War centenary.

The garden is a place of peace, tranquillity and safety. This summer, two parks in Bradford will host new Indian gardens, painted directly on to the paving by Pakistani artist, Imran Qureshi. But this garden within a garden does not provide a refuge from conflict, or a haven from the outside world. Instead inspired by the history of the million-strong British Indian army that fought in the First World War, Qureshi transforms a public space into zones in which light and dark mix, horror and hope collide

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Japanese Woodblock Print

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=108

Explore the codes and conventions behind a Samurai woodblock print

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Bradford and the V&A Museum

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=188

Young people from Bradford create a timeline of Islamic art from the V&A and include their individual research and comments about each piece.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Polish People in Britain after WW2

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=610

Personal stories and archive photographs exploring how and why Polish people have settled in Britain since the Second World War. The resource is also available in Polish for use in language teaching.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Responses to Islamic Art

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=157

Young people aged 16 to 25 give their responeses to different works of Islamic art - listen to their conversations with glass artist Kalim Afzal, explore the timeline that they created.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Getting there

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is in the middle of Lister Park, one and a half miles from the City Centre on the A650 Manningham Lane. There is limited parking in Lister Park, accessible from North Park Road (off Oak Lane). Lister Park is served by many city centre bus services including 23, 25, 26, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 622, 647, 662, w5. Cartwright Hall is about ten minutes' uphill walk from Frizinghall railway station.

For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit www.wymetro.com

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Lister Park
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD9 4NS
England

Website

www.bradfordmuseums.org/ch/ch_main.htm

E-mail

cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk

Telephone

01274 431212

Fax

01274 481045

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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