Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Opening Times

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.

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm - please note: we are closed on Mondays

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 4pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Mondays except Bank Holidays


On occasion there may be limited access to galleries due to booked events. Please contact Reception for information in advance of your visit 01274 431212.

How to find us

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

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Access and Facilities

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. For further Cartwright Hall disabled access information visit DisabledGo

Museum Shop

The shop in the Art Gallery offers a wide range of souvenirs and gifts including cards, books and toys. Specialities are our David Hockney merchandise including an exclusive range of greeting cards and sketch pads.

Help for the visually impaired

Bradford Museums and Galleries are proud to announce the introduction of AppEar; a new system to help the visually impaired explore our collections. This year we have been working closely with RNIB and Bradford Talking Media to develop the use of the audio PenFriend devices, which are already widely used within the visually impaired community. Visitors can now borrow a PenFriend from our reception desk to hear visual descriptions of the surrounding displays. For more information on the introduction of the AppEar system please contact Kirsty Gaskin tel 01535 618231 email

Enquiries and identification

We are happy to help answer queries about works in the collection but we are not in a position to give general information about art and artists. Curatorial staff are unable to authenticate or value works of art owned by private individuals. For advice regarding the identification of works of art, contact a reputable art dealer or auction house.

Reserve and reference collections

We are able to arrange viewings for many art works. Priority is given to curators from other institutions, academics writers, PhD or MA students, family members of the artist or sitter. Appointments are granted when the work in question is accessible and when resources allow.  In the first instance contact: with details of your request.


There is a privately run café in the Lister Park boat house. The café serves hot and cold drinks, food and ice-cream. Open April - September 12 noon -7pm. October 11am-5pm (weekends only). If the weather is good you may find the café open outside the usual hours! Telephone 01274 487312.

The Friends

Why not join the Friends of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums? Members are invited to all previews and there is a varied programme of social events. For details contact:

If you are interested in supporting Museums and Galleries in your region, and in taking part in a range of cultural activities, The British Association of Friends of Museums will be able to put you in touch with your nearest Friends association.