Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Lister Park
West Yorkshire




01274 431 212


01274 481045

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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. Our Education Team runs a programme of workshops and events for schools, groups and individuals, including media activities in the new Anim8ted Learning Gallery. With prior notice we may be able to arrange special activities tailored to your group's needs. Many of Cartwright Hall's facilities are available for hire and the Gallery is licensed for civil marriages. 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 cafe in the Lister Park boat house (please check opening times before planning your visit).

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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

Admission charges

Admission free

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.

Habitat by Tai-Shan Schierenberg

  • 14 June — 5 October 2014 *on now

Tai-Shan Schierenberg will incorporate both landscapes and portraits into this exhibition and residency, with specific views of the North of England, Yorkshire and Bradford.

Throughout our lives we encounter different environments. Some leave a trace on our system, they change us and become internalised, a part of who we are and how we see the world. The dyptchs that Tai is exhibiting at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery are an attempt, in juxtaposing portraits and landscapes, to create a non-narrative relationship between people and spaces, and thereby evoke a sense of the inner landscape as well as provide an examination of the faces of the people changed by them.

Some of the relationships are genuine, in that the subject suggested the landscape that influenced them and should partner their portrait, other connections are inventions that rang true when put together.

Alongside Tai's own paintings, will be oil paintings that Tai has selected from Bradford's Fine Art Collection.

Schierenberg won 1st prize at the John Player Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery in 1989. Commissions include The Queen, Duchess of Westminster, and most recently Stephen Hawkins. He has artwork in the collections of the BBC; Chatsworth House, Granada Media Group, Queens University, Belfast, National Portrait Gallery and Tate Gallery.

Tai has been the recent judge on Sky Arts, Portrait of the Year television series.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.

Bradford and the V&A Museum

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


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

Japanese Woodblock Print

Explore the codes and conventions behind a Samurai woodblock print


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

Polish People in Britain after WW2

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.


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

Responses to Islamic Art

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.


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