Cartwright Hall

Cartwright Hall & Gardens
Bradford's magnificent Cartwright Hall is now open to the public following a £200,000 revamp.

Coun, the Rev Paul Flowers, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Culture, Tourism and Sport, said: "It's wonderful to see such a marvellous building restored, refreshed and re-opened to the public.
"Visitors will be able to see how the gallery has retained its distinctive period atmosphere and rich displays from the permanent collections."

The Sculpture Court will display some of Bradford's most treasured marble busts and bronze sculptures as would have been seen in the early 1900s, plus a cross section of South Asian textiles from the social history and international arts collections.
One of the country's leading young ceramic artists, Halima Cassell, has her first solo exhibition of carved bowls, tiles and sculptures in the museum including large works scattered around the gardens in front of Cartwright Hall.

Contemporary artist Anne Desmet is exhibiting her methods of printing and mixed media collages depicting architecture and the building of cities.
Finally 'Precious Cargo' is part of Stories of the World, one of the major projects at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad,this exhibition has been put together by Bradford Young Ambassadors, who have been exploring techniques and design in textile collections, which has inspired their own art work.

The Mughal Gardens
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.

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


Cartwright Hall, ceramic model by Lubna Chowdhary
Cartwright Hall runs a lively programme of exhibitions, including contemporary exhibitions by local, national and international artists, historical exhibitions, craft and media arts, and a biennial open exhibition. Many exhibitions are enhanced by events, workshops and activities

The Hall's education team runs a programme of workshops and events for schools, groups and individuals, including media activities in the new Anim8ed Learning Gallery. With prior notice they may be able to arrange special activities tailored to your group's needs. Many of Cartwright Hall's facilities are available for hire and the Gallery is licensed for civil marriages.

Admission to Cartwright Hall & Art Gallery's is free.

Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1 - 5pm
Closed: Mondays
(except Bank Holidays), Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

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 623, 625, 626, 649, 651, 652, 653, 654, 622, 647, 662, 737. Cartwright Hall is about ten minutes' uphill walk from Frizinghall railway station.

Transcultural Collection

Explore Cartwright Hall's stunning collection of art with a South Asian flavour by clicking here