Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

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The Art Gallery is Highly commended: Museums and Heritage Award

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is one of the U.K's leading regional art galleries. Situated in the picturesque Lister Park, the civic art gallery has permanent art collections. In addition, the gallery plays host to a number of temporary in-house curated exhibitions and visiting exhibitions, working with partners such as the National Portrait Gallery, V&A Museum of Childhood, the British Museum in London and many more national and international venues. The art gallery is one of four sites and is council run. It very much depends upon private donations, business sponsorship, grants from trust and foundations, admission charges and the support of our benefactors, donors and friends.

Some of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery's facilities are available for hire. Please email cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk with your enquiry.

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery 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 enquiries regarding the print collection please contact cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk

Well known artists currently on display within the permanent galleries include such names as Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, Anish Kapoor, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Dhruva Mistry, Cornelia Parker, Salima Hashmi, LS Lowry, Arpana Caur, Francis Newton Souza, Damien Hirst plus many decorative arts, Asian textiles and calligraphy.

Cartwright Hall is set in the magnificent, Green Flag-awarded grounds of Lister Park, with a boating lake, adventure playground and Mughal Gardens.

The Refreshment Room Cafe
Situated in the original 1904 Refreshment Room of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, it is the perfect place to relax, get a good coffee and perhaps treat yourself to a deliciously tempting home baked cake or snack. Free Wi-Fi available.

Cafe opening times:
Saturday 8am - 3.30pm
Sunday 11am - 3.30pm
Tuesday to Friday: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays

Venue Type:

Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

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.
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The David Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall

  • 7 July 2017 — 15 October 2023 *on now

David Hockney was born in Bradford in 1937. In time to celebrate his 80th birthday in 2017 we created a new permanent display of works by the internationally renowned artist at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. The David Hockney Gallery showcases Bradford’s unrivaled public collection of early work and provides an introduction to his life and art with a particular focus on Yorkshire and Bradford.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free

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Sculpture Trail: Art in the Park

  • 15 October 2019 — 14 April 2021 *on now

Stroll around Lister Park to view sculpture and public artwork, some on loan by the artists, others from Bradford’s own collections. See Bingley based artist Marcus Levine’s steel clout nail sculpture ‘Hung Out to Dry’ and family favourite, fibre glass ‘Hochlandbew’ by Otmar Alt.

Pick up the trail leaflet at reception to guide you.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

free

Website

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

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Assignments 2019: British Press Photographer's Association

  • 23 November 2019 — 19 April 2020

The BPPA's 'Assignments' exhibitions have proved to be hugely popular since their launch, with the exhibitions continuing to motivate their peers and captivate the public's eye. Each year the exhibitions have been held in stunning galleries across the country.

All images in the shows are shot by BPPA members within just one year, with members covering a multitude of assignments both at home in the UK and worldwide from wars, riots to world cups, red carpets and country fairs. The images are recorded through the eyes of these professional visual story tellers - and yet most of us seldom get such an opportunity to view these extraordinary images, other than on newsprint or on the screeen of a mobile device.

'Assignments' is a rare chance to see the very best in British press photography, all displayed in one unique gallery, curated by some of the most highly-respected leaders within the media industry.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free

Website

http://www.bradford.gov.uki

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Precious and Rare: Islamic metalwork from the Courtauld Gallery

  • 18 January — 10 May 2020

A small selection of the Courtauld Gallery's important collection of Islamic inlaid brassware contains some of the finest examples of this intricate and refined craft. This significant collection is comprised of Islamic metalwork ranging in date from the 13th to the 16th centuries. It was formed by one of the great Victorian art collectors. Thomas Gambier Parry (1816 - 188), to complement his acquisitions of precious medieval and early Renaissance paintings and decorative arts. Many of the best pieces in the collection have been on permanent display in The Courtauld Gallery since their bequest in 1966. But the metalwork has rarely left London, and never has such a large group of metalwork objects been brought together to be shown outside The Courtauld.

Precious and Rare: Islamic metalwork from the Courtauld Gallery explores the origin and cultural context of these extraordinary objects, alongside displays of painting, photography, calligraphy and glassware from Bradford Museums and Galleries.

A partnership between The Courtauld and the Subject Specialist Network (SSN) for Islamic Art and Material Culture (hosted by Birmingham Museums) and made possible with Art Fund support.

Watch a film about the exhibition here:

https://youtu.be/ZgqMZjCb1yk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free

Website

https://www.bradford.gov.uk

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Kehillah: photography by Nudrat Afza

  • 1 February — 3 May 2020

Home to so many German Jews in the 19th century, the warehouse district they created in Bradford is still called Little Germany.

The city's synagogue built in 1880 in an unusual Moorish style, is a grade II-listed building, which almost shut down in 2013 unable to afford roof repairs - until the Muslim community raised funds to cover costs. A £103,000 lottery grant followed.

Manningham based photographer Nudrat Afza, embarked on her project to photograph what felt like the synagogue's final chapter. The photographs, all black and white, are a mixture of modern and traditional.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind The Full Monty and Slumdog Millionaire is a fan of Afza's photography, gifting her a camera for the project.

Her exhibition, Kehillah, which can mean congregation or community in Hebrew, is supported by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free

Website

http://bradfordmuseums.org

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.
Gallery 5

Gallery 5

  • 2 March 2019 — 31 March 2020 *on now

SAT 2 MAR 2019 - TUE 31 MAR 2020

We have created a new space on the ground floor where you can relax, read, listen to soothing birdsong, draw or doodle, and enjoy looking at interesting objects and art. There are creative activities for kids to do and we will make changes and add new events in response to the feedback we get. Come and have a look!

Donations welcome. All welcome. Drop in.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org

Act 1

Women Artists: Act 1

  • 21 September 2019 — 19 January 2020 *on now

The global momentum of the Me Too Movement in 2017, and commemorations to mark 100 years since the first women were able to vote in 2018, helped to focus minds on the representation of women artists in public art collections. Most have significantly more works by men than by women.

Only by prioritising equality will we begin to get to a position of truly representing the perspectives and experiences of ALL people. Show your support by visiting and leaving a feedback postcard in the gallery.

Exhibition includes outstanding works from the public collections of Bradford and Oldham.

With thanks to Gallery Oldham.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://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.

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.

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.

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

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/ch/ch_main.htm

E-mail

cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk

Telephone

01274 431212

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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