The David Hockney Gallery

Opening July 2017.

Born in Bradford on 9 July 1937, David Hockney celebrates his 80th birthday and 60 years of working as an artist in 2017. As blockbuster exhibitions open around the world we too have big plans. At Cartwright Hall, the public collection that inspired Hockney as a child and student, we will open a dedicated gallery about his life and work on 7 July. Visitors will see an introduction to the artist and his techniques, early works showing how it all began in Bradford and watch previously unseen footage of the artist. 

Happy Birthday Hockney

Join us for a fun afternoon of celebrations on 9 July to celebrate the launch of the new gallery. For more details on this event see our What's On Page.

Hockney Birthday Celebration, Handmade Parade Workshops

Come and be part of the pop-up parades for Hockney's Party in the Park.

Working with Handmade Parade artists, we'll help you create your own Hockney-inspired costumes which will be part of two ensembles: The Pool Party or the Sausage Dog Stampede!

On the 9 July, the day of the celebration itself in Lister Park you will have a chance to show off your creations as we roam through the festivities with live, danceable music and giant puppets building towards a big birthday suprise. 

Our workshops are open to all ages, free, no experience necessary (under 13s need to be accompanied by an adult to the open workshops).


Open workshops

Frizinghall Community Centre, Midland Road, Bradford

Sunday 2 July 2-4pm

Wednesday 5 July 4-6pm

Saturday 8 July 2-4pm


Giant Puppet making workshops

Frizinghall Community Centre, Midland Road, Bradford

We are looking for people who are interested in working alongside our Handmade Parade puppet makers and artists to help us create giant puppet and parade art for Hockney mini parades.

Free drop-in sessions: Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 10am - 3pm

You are welcome to come one day or all five. No experience necessary. Please let us know in advance which days you can come. 


Community Workshops

Our artists can come to you! If you're a community centre or organisation, or a school, our artists would love to work with you at a time and place that suits you.

We'll bring all the materials you'll need for a couple of hours fun and new experiences. To set up outreach workshops contact:



“I used to love going to Cartwright Hall as a kid, it was the only place in Bradford I could see real paintings.” - David Hockney

For press enquiries concerning the David Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall please contact 01943 603311