Call for Hockney memorabilia

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is appealing for artwork and local memorabilia that can be displayed in a unique David Hockney exhibition.

Our curators want to make the exhibition truly special to the Bradford district and have called on members of the public to come forward with items of Hockney memorabilia, personal recollections or stories.

People will be able to take objects for consideration to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery on Wednesday, 26 September between 11am-3pm. Please note that no items can be left at the gallery and they will simply be registered at this stage.

Items that will be welcome for consideration include photographs, Christmas cards, drawings and paintings. Pieces that are accepted will be displayed from December until next April alongside items drawn from Bradford Museums and Galleries’ permanent collection.

In addition, people who have personal recollections can attend the drop-in event. An outline of their tale and contact details will be collected for a possible audio project.

People who are unable to attend the event but have something they would like to contribute can contact cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk, telephone 01274 432711, or send a letter to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, BD9 4NS.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Culture, said: “David Hockney is one of Bradford’s most famous sons. It’s therefore fitting that this exhibition will have a local perspective with valuable contributions from the district’s residents.”

David Hockney was voted the UK’s number one most influential artist in 2011. A blockbuster show held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London earlier this year featured Bolton Junction, an important early painting from the collections of Bradford Museums and Galleries.

The new exhibition, which will concentrate on Hockney’s early career, will run at Cartwright Hall from Saturday, 15 December until Sunday, 14 April 2013.

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