Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery has now reopened (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am - 3pm) 

We continue to follow national guidance around managing the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is now re-open with Covid-secure measures in place throughout the museum for the safety of staff and visitors.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • visitors being asked to provide information for NHS Test and Trace or to ‘check-in’ via the NHS Covid-19 app using the QR poster;
  • visitors and staff wearing face coverings (compulsory in museums and galleries from 8 August);
  • visitors remaining in household groups or support bubbles and not mixing with other households inside our sites (from 14 October);
  • visitors and staff practising social distancing and good hand hygiene;
  • visitors observing the ‘Rule of 6’ outside in the gardens, grounds and/or parks around our sites.

We will be open with these measures in place for the foreseeable future, which are subject to review and in accordance with changing Government and Council guidelines and legislation.

We thank you in advance for your co-operation and look forward to welcoming you. (updated 14 October 2020). 

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:

Wednesdays - Friday 9:00AM - 2:30 PM

Saturday 10:30 -  2:30PM

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays

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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Visitor photos

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