Ever since Cartwright Hall opened its doors to the public in 1904, it has been amongst the most popular art galleries in Bradford. Cartwright Hall is located only a mile from the city centre, in Manningham. Initially, Cartwright Hall only loaned its collections and galleries of artwork, however, using raised money through Bradford Exhibition in 1904 the curators then bought those collections of Edwardian and Victorian artwork permanently. When people paid a visit to Cartwright Hall, people were also able to enjoy great views of the city. Therefore, Cartwright Hall is styled in Baroque style architecture typical to Bradford, because that style and that type of the architecture represents Bradford. The architects, Sir John W Simpson and Milner Allen designed this hall with this architectural continuity in mind so that it could effectively represent the city and become a popular Bradford landmark. If you like and enjoy art, this hall should not be ignored when you are in Bradford, although it may take some time to view all of the exhibitions in Cartwright Hall.
An Exhibition in Multiculturalism
When Cartwright Hall was first built over a century ago, its main purpose was to collect and house many historical artworks by the old masters in British Art History on a permanent basis. This gallery has also hosted numerous popular exhibitions and festivals showcasing the talents of local and international artists alike. Since the 1980s, Cartwright Hall has taken on a more cultural theme owing primarily to post-war UK immigrant communities, and as such is home to large collections of Asian and Islamic art in addition to its traditional galleries. As the Hall is conveniently located close to the city centre, if you arrive via Bradford Interchange, it’s possible to walk in approximately 35 minutes – if you’re travelling by bus, it should take less than 15 minutes.
While in you’re in Bradford, you could also check out Peel Park, the UK’s oldest public park.