Arts & Culture | Visit Bradford

Things to look forward to in and around the Bradford district. Here’s what to catch as culture returns for real.

Bradford Museums & Galleries

After a long winter of lockdown, Bradford Museums and Galleries are taking steps towards reopening with some outdoor activities beginning in the next few weeks. Groups of under-fives and their parents will have the opportunity to walk, talk, discover and draw with artist Lou Sumray in the grounds of the museums and galleries before the buildings reopen. The first sessions will be in the park and gardens of Cliffe Castle Museum. These events free are BUT need booking and will be outside ( in whatever the weather ) and last approximately 45 minutes.

Mark your diary: museum openings to look forward to in 2021

  • Cliffe Castle and Bolling Hall reopening on Wednesday 19 May 2021.
  • Cartwright Hall and Bradford Industrial Museum reopening on Wednesday 26 May 2021.

Bradford District is home to some of the most exciting museums and galleries in Yorkshire. From the Baroque splendour of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery to the spectacular building of Keighley’s Cliffe Castle Museum, there is always something new to do or see, and admission is free!

Specialist museums like Bradford Industrial Museum and Keighley’s Cliffe Castle Museum bring our District’s history and heritage to life through ever-changing displays. Find out more at >> Bradford Museums & Galleries Website.

The National Science + Media Museum

The National Science + Media Museum reopens with stunning new exhibition on Wednesday 19 May 2021. The opening programme includes the exhibition In Pursuit of Perfection: The Yorkshire Photographic Union Competition and the launch of the permanent Belle Vue Studio exhibition in the museum’s Kodak Gallery. Pictureville Cinema will also be reopening at the slightly later date of Friday 21 May, where visitors will be able to see the new IMAX film, Antarctica 3D.

You will need to book free tickets and choose a time slot in advance of your visit. Tickets are typically made available two weeks in advance.

Impressions Gallery

Impressions Gallery will re-open on 18 May 2021, in line with the easing of national restrictions. Discover exhibition Being Inbetween by Carolyn Mendelsohn. Made over a period of 6 years, Being Inbetween is a series of powerful photographic portraits of girls aged between ten and twelve, exploring the complex transition between childhood and young adulthood. With many portraits never-before exhibited, this is the most extensive exhibition of the series to date.

Brontë Parsonage

We are delighted that the Brontë Parsonage Museum will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 19 May. For more information on the reopening of the Brontë Parsonage Museum and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.bronte.org.uk/visit-us. Please note that social distancing and Covid safety measures will be in place throughout.

While you’re in Haworth you’ll find there’s plenty to do, both at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, and in the surrounding area. www.visitbrontecountry.com

NT East Riddlesden Hall

Visit the historic house and intimate gardens at East Riddlesden Hall, a hidden oasis in Keighley. The house reopens from Monday 17 May 2021. Please book ahead before visiting. Find out what to expect on a visit here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall

Salts Mill

Salts Mill is home to one of the largest collections of David Hockney’s art. On the second and third floors you will find ‘The Arrival of Spring’ by David Hockney. A 49-part detailed study of the changing seasons in Woldgate, near Bridlington, East Yorkshire. From Wednesday 19 May – David Hockney’s ‘Arrival of Spring’ will reopen at Salts Mill. 11-4 weekdays & weekends.

Don’t miss Simon Palmer: Yorkshire Perspective (opening May 27, Gallery 2) and Claire Tindale’s Felt (opening May 29, roof space, 11-4, details at www.saltaireinspired.org.uk

Ilkley Manor House

A heritage hub right in the heart of Ilkley, will reopen on Saturday 3 July 2021. For Spring/Summer events and activities both online and in the courtyard check out www.ilkleymanorhouse.org

The Bingley Gallery

The Bingley Gallery’s latest exhibition is a showcase for work completed during a year of lockdown. William Morrison, is a painter who has a Turner-like ability to find drama in the landscape that surrounds us, and to present it in luscious palette of colours.

Kala Sangam

Kala Sangam, Bradford’s Arts Centre, has announced the premieres of two new shows from locally based companies. Möbius Dance’s Curious Playground will be the first show to appear in the company’s Ganges Theatre since March 2020, with three performances from 3-5 June. This will be followed by Bent Architect’s latest work, Full English from 23-26 June. Tickets for both shows are extremely limited, with audiences sat in social distanced bubbles, and health and safety measures in place throughout the building. Tickets for all performances are on sale now at kalasangam.org

Curious Playground © Keiran Dawes

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