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Cartwright Hall

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery Bradford sits at the heart of Bradford's green flag park.

The Cartwright Memorial Hall (Art Gallery and Museum) was designed by J W Simpson and M Allen after winning a competition in which 117 entries, which were judged by Alfred Waterhouse R.A., the renowned architect who designed the Prudential Building at the corner of Sunbridge Road and Tyrrel Street.

The winning design  bears some comparison with the Brussels Palais de Justice,  a Grand neo-Baroque design of very fine quality ashlar masonry with a 2 storey centre feature of large semi-circular arched port cochère surmounted by Venetian aedicule balcony.

Inside Cartwright Hall you will find  impressive examples of art generated by mainly Victorian and Edwardian artists as well as splendid examples of contemporary South Asian art and textiles. There is also a Lowry painting and the iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol, as well as works by many other artists.

The new David Hockney gallery gives insights into the boyhood of the City's favourite son and is beautifully curated and staffed by most helpful volunteers.  The gallery gives a  rounded view of his life and work, from his boyhood and family in Bradford through his education and development as a young artist, through to his recognition as a major British artist of the 20th Century.  One of Hockney’s trademark swimming pool paintings, hang on a wall painted in a particularly striking Farrow and Ball pink and some of his more recent works created on an iPad.

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