Situated in the beautiful Green Flag-awarded gardens of Lister Park, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery displays Bradford’s public art collection and organises temporary exhibitions by regional, national and international artists. The collection is focused on 19th and 20th century British art and on contemporary South Asian art, craft and textile. Collecting prints has been a priority since Cartwright Hall hosted the British International Print Biennial between 1968 and 1990.
In 2017 the David Hockney Gallery opened at Cartwright Hall, designed to give an introduction to the life and art of Bradford-born artist David Hockney. It features Bradford’s unique collection of his works from the 1950s, as well as personal photographs lent by the artist. Certain elements of the gallery change every year as supplemented by loans from other collections.
A ten minute drive from the city centre, the elegant building of Cartwright Hall epitomises the Victorian grandeur of Yorkshire’s industrial revolution. Located in the landscaped grounds of Lister Park with its own boating lake, a trip to the museum is full of discoveries. Inside the building the permanent collection is housed on the second floor with beautiful Henry Moores and an important collection of splash paintings by the Bradford-born David Hockney.