Cartwright Hall Art Gallery


We continue to follow national guidance around managing the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and will be closing Bradford Museums and Galleries to the public until further notice.

We will monitor developments and follow government guidance on when it may be appropriate for us to reopen.

In the meantime, we will continue to share stories around our collections and the work that we do through our social media accounts, website and e-newsletters.

Many of the sites we run are in or by parks – Cliffe Castle Park, Lister Park and Bowling Park remain open to explore (abiding by social distancing guidelines of course).  We'd love to see (and share) some of your photographs of the parks.

We thank you for your continued support, and look forward to welcoming you all back.


The Refreshment Room Cafe

Situated in the original 1904 Refreshment Room of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, it is the perfect place to relax, get a good coffee and perhaps treat yourself to a deliciously tempting home baked cake or snack.

Free Wi-Fi available.

Cafe opening times:
Saturday 8am - 3.30pm
Sunday 11am - 3.30pm
Tuesday to Friday: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays

The Art Gallery is Highly commended: Museums and Heritage Award

Free Admission

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is one of the U.K's leading regional art galleries. Situated in the picturesque Lister Park, the civic art gallery has permanent art collections. In addition, the gallery plays host to a number of temporary in-house curated exhibitions and visiting exhibitions, working with partners such as the National Portrait Gallery, V&A Museum of Childhood, the British Museum in London and many more national and international venues. The art gallery is one of four sites and is council run. It very much depends upon private donations, business sponsorship, grants from trust and foundations, admission charges and the support of our benefactors, donors and friends. 

Our Learning Team runs a programme of workshops and events for schools, groups and individuals. Please visit the Learning section of the website for more details or email [email protected]

Some of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery's facilities are available for hire.  Please email [email protected]  with your enquiry. 

For images of work in our art collection available for reproduction, please go to 

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery has been collecting prints for over one hundred years and its collection includes works by master printmakers such as Francisco Goya, William Blake and Walter Sickert and by modern masters - Pop Artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Richard Hamilton. We also have the four major series of prints produced by David Hockney; Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, The Blue Guitar, A Rake’s Progress and Illustrations of the Poetry of C. P. Cavafy. For enquires regarding the print collection please contact [email protected]

Well known artists currently on display within the  permanent galleries include such names as Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, Anish Kapoor, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Dhruva Mistry, Cornelia Parker, Salima Hashmi, LS Lowry, Arpana Caur, Francis Newton Souza, Damien Hirst plus many decorative arts, Asian textiles and calligraphy.

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

To prevent damage to works of art and for your comfort and safety, we ask that you use the lockers provided to store large bags and rucksacks during your visit.

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You can make a donation, selecting 'Bradford Museums and Galleries' and then 'Cartwright Hall'.

Visitor photos

For more visitor photos check out our Bradford Museums & Galleries flickr group