Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Due to essential upgrades to security systems at Cartwright Hall, some parts of the gallery may be closed to the public between 1st February 2018 - end March 2018. We will keep individual gallery closures to a minimum. This work is essential for the gallery to meet stringent international standards which will enable us to work more closely with high profile national and international institutions to bring some of the world's most prestigious art to Bradford in the future. The new David Hockney Gallery is unaffected. If you are coming to see something specific or travelling a long distance please ring 01274 431212 to find out more.

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.

The David Hockney Gallery is proving very popular with general visitors and school groups participating in workshops and activities. Therefore please be aware this is not always a quiet space. Thank you for your understanding. If you would like to plan your visit contact our reception on 01274 431212.

Our Learning Team runs a programme of workshops and events for schools, groups and individuals. Please visit the Learning section of the website for more details or email

Some of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery's facilities are available for hire.  Please email with your enquiry. 

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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

Cartwright Hall is set in the magnificent, Green Flag-awarded grounds of Lister Park, with a boating lake, adventure playground and Mughal Gardens. Please note: There is not currently a cafe inside Cartwright Hall but cups and water are available in our Family Room and you are welcome to bring a picnic with you to eat in the Family Room or in the beautiful park outside. There is also a privately run cafe in the Lister Park boat house that serves hot and cold drinks, food and ice-cream. Open April - September, 12 noon -7pm; October 11am - 5pm (weekend only). If the weather is good you may find the cafe open outside the usual hours! Telephone: 01274 487312.

Please note: to prevent damage to works of art and for your comfort and safety, we ask that you use the lockers provided to store large bags and rucksacks during your visit.

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