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/

4 photos of ladies featured in the exhibition

100 Leading Ladies

  • 5 December 2015 — 10 April 2016 *on now

100 Leading Ladies is a photographic project featuring portraits of influential senior women in Britain. Over the course of two years, award-winning international photographer Nancy Honey endeavoured to photograph 100 of Britain’s most respected women over the age of 55; from academics to entrepeneurs, fashion designers to composers.

Honey invited each woman to select a place of inspiration for their portrait setting, affording the viewer further insight into the lives, personalities and character of these admirable women. These captivating portraits are complimented by insightful interviews conducted by former Times Journalist Hattie Garlick.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/

Still life image of vase and fruit

A Brief History of Art: from history painting to still life

  • 12 December 2015 — 6 March 2016 *on now

In Italy in the 1500s, a hierarchy dictating the most important subjects for painting was established. History painting (grand religious, mythological or allegorical subjects) was the most serious and highly regarded type of painting. Portraits, genre (scenes of every day life), landscapes and still life followed behind. This ranking of painting was formalised and promoted by the art academics throughout Europe and remained unchallenged for much of the next 500 years.

A Brief of History of Art uses this traditional system to organise works from Bradford's fine art collection into five main themes, offering an opportunity to view paintings from different periods of the same subject alongside each other. The result is an interesting dialogue between different artists and their approaches to subject and paint.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/whats-on/a-brief-history-of-art-from-history-painting-to-still-life

Statue of Ganesha

Celebrating Ganesha

  • 16 January — 15 May 2016 *on now

The British Museum’s Spotlight tour

Celebrating Ganesha is touring across seven venues across the UK as part of the British Museum’s National Programmes. The elephant-headed Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu gods - the creator and remover of obstacles. A beautiful stone sculpture of Ganesha is at the heart of this exhibition. Carved from schist in Orissa (recently renamed Odisha) around 800 years ago, this statue of Ganesha was originally positioned in a niche on the outer face of a Hindu temple. Standing on a lotus pedestal, Ganesha is depicted with a lion mask above his head, snakes asanklets and his rat ‘vahana’, his vehicle, at his feet. The display brings this sculpture together with other depictions of Ganeshain order to explore his role as a figure of public celebration and private devotion in India and around the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/whats-on/celebrating-ganesha

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

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

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.
black and white drawing of hands

Hands by Darren Baker

  • 6 March 2016

A Very Modern “Old Master”

Darren Baker is now acknowledged as one of the leading painters of the classical realism genre, and his style displays the influences of both the Dutch masters and the contemporary realist school. Inspired by Ansel Adams and the methods of Vermeer, Darren Bakers’s deep rooted love of fine detail, draw upon the symmetry and contrast of the human and mechanical lens, and of course, represent the power of techniques developed and perfected over 30 years.

A chance to purchase Darren's limited edition, signed, children's illustrated book - 'Albert the Handydog' and to meet this previously Saltaire based artist, who has progressed to paint sporting names as Lewis Hamilton, Wayne Rooney and Amir Khan, while his non-sporting portraits include Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Prince Charles and Pope John Paul II.

Free admission. Please book - t: 01274 431212 e: cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk

Kindly supported by the Friends of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/whats-on/lunchtime-talk-and-drawing-demo-darren-baker-2016-03-06

Photo of Germaine Greer

100 Leading Ladies

  • 13 March 2016

The 100 British senior women photographed and interviewed for this timely work helped transform the perception of what is possible for women to achieve in their lives.

Award-winning international photographer Nancy Honey invited each of these Leading Ladies to choose a place where she goes for inspiration for her portrait setting.
In this talk on the project Nancy will read some quotes of the women's interviews in the project whilst leading a tour of the exhibition.

There will be plenty of time to discuss the origination of the project as well as key subjects arising from making the work.

Nancy will also be signing books afterwards.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/whats-on/lunchtime-talk-and-tour-with-nancy-honey-2016-03-13

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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