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.
“Came so far for beauty”

“Came so far for beauty” | Mandy Farrar & Allan Brack

  • 2 November — 23 December 2018 *on now

Both Allan and Mandy were involved in different ways in the early days of South Square, at which they last showed their work together in 2002. Mandy and Allan return with work reflecting the years in between spent briefly in America, then Cornwall and more recently in North Wales.

Mandy who works mainly abstract in acrylics/mixed-media, and Allan who draws/paints figuratively with emulsion and pastel, both share a passion for the magical and the ethereal; the sea and water; light and energy and their firm experience and belief that through creative recovery: Art Saves Lives!

Throughout their journey (including their Face-book page: The Undertow), and at their various exhibitions they have always paid homage to the late and great poet/singer songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen, who loans the titles to much of their work, and very aptly provided the following words in his song “Came so far for beauty” which summed up their emotions regarding this exhibition:

“I came so far for beauty,
I left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned”

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Admission


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





01274 834 747

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