Community Room | South Square Reflects

Opening 03 February 2017 7-9pm

Taking a look into the South Square archives, exploring the centre’s rich history though the ephemera which has been left behind by those which have treasured, developed and adored the facility.

In the community room, we present an array of designed exhibition leaflets from the history of South Square, since its opening in 1984, reflecting the changing nature of local, national and international art exhibited at South Square. A backdrop of posters, photos and flyers provides an insight into the triumphs of this community building, and helps us to uncover a rich history in community connections, heritage, learning and art.

Home | Young Roots | 05 November - 18 December 2016

Home is an exhibition created by a group of young women, who are celebrating the life of Charlotte Bronte during her Bicentenary of her birth in the village of Thornton.

Through photography, film, poetry and painting the group have created an exhibition which celebrates the life of Charlotte and gives us a glimpse into her extraordinary life.


This exhibition is part of the Young Roots project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Special Event Opening | 04 November 5pm - 9pm
Free

Exhibition opening with refreshments, food and entertainment. All welcome.

STEAM ahead | Group Show | 06 September - 30 October 2016

Artists include: Cat Scott (Bradford), Sam Illingworth (Manchester), Melanie King (London), Dominic Hopkinson (Leeds), Lawrence Molloy (Leeds) and Scientists Dr Mike Nix, Ben Thorne and Dr Alexey Burluka (University of Leeds).

In the Community Room South Square’s current Events and Exhibitions intern Cat Scott presents her own science inspired artwork alongside artists she has selected with whom she shares interests. Cat aims to represent the invisible phenomena surrounding our everyday through multi-sensory representation, in this instance using large scale lenticulars. Lawrence Molloy and Dr Mike Nix present Ghosts; clear shapes, such as cylinders and cuboids, which when illuminated, cause objects made of light to magically appear within them. Lawrence also exhibits a slow motion film of a flammable artwork burning alongside the resulting detritus. The film is one of many experiments that capture match sculptures burning at different rates and was made with the help of Ben Thorne and Dr Alexey Burluka from The University of Leeds. Dominic Hopkinson’s pleasing geometric print series explores pattern identification and how we naturally look out for different patterns. The artist works collaboratively with a range of scientists and mathematicians in order to explore and further understand this field, and is interested in the role of the artist in a scientific collaboration. Melanie King’s current research is concerned with how invisible celestial objects and abstract scientific theories can be represented using visual art practice.


SciArt lecturer and spoken word artist Dr Sam Illingworth will be performing 'the science of poetry' at the special event putting into practice his interests in the similarities between science and poetry.

Click here to read the written version of the poems performed by Dr Sam Illingworth performed on the 24th September.

Click here to read interviews with the artists.

Summer Family Fun

Come and take part in our drop-in summer printing activities and exhibition. There will be leaf and flower printing, mono printing, mirror image printing, alongside gallery trails, story corner and lots more.

Free, Drop-in.

Refreshments will be available

Creative Threads – Bradford | 02 - 31 July

Creative Threads is a community cohesion art and craft initiative established at South Square in 2006, and has been working with groups in Bradford to share skills and create opportunities to celebrate artistic talents.

This exhibition brings together artwork created by Creative Threads Bradford exhibits previously displayed in: South Square, Cartwright Hall, Cliffe Castle, Bolling Hall, Harrogate International Quilt Show and Bradford Colour Museum, alongside work created as part of the Made in Bradford – Material Project.

Preview Night, Friday 01 July 7 - 9pm.

Time to Blossom | Bradford Refugee Action | 04 - 26 June 2016

Experiments in photography from St Matthews Church in Bradford.

During May 2016, artist Lucy Barker worked with a group of refugees who live in Bradford to create a photography exhibition exploring the flora and fauna in the church yard as well as the church itself, where they meet on a regular basis.

Using a variety of tiny lenses attached to their own camera phones, the group have created an exhibition of beautiful images of springtime at the church.

Preview Night, Friday 03 June 7 - 9pm.

"Every Piece of Earth" | Maps, Walks and Stories from Thornton | 02 April - 29 May 2016

An exhibition of Maps, Walks and stories from Thornton
From January this year, artist Shanaz Gulzar has been working with The Thornton Antiquarians to create an exhibition, which celebrates Thornton and all its hidden gems.

The group selected their favourite images of Thornton and explain the stories behind them, alongside maps and photographs showing all the unknown ginnels and pathways in the area.

As part of the project, the group used maps to create a walk around Thornton. This walk was recorded by the people taking part, along with their conversations as they are walking, and is screened in the gallery as part of the exhibition.

Evening Event, Friday 06 May 7-9pm

MA Fine Art Show | Group Show | 05 - 27 March 2016

Opening Event: Friday 04 March, 7 - 9pm

Linda Baker | Nick Farrer | Sharon Fortune | James Lester | Ceri Lewis | Angela Loftus | Sue Mencioni | Rachel O'Keefe | Jackie Robertshaw | Abigail Cliffe | Shane Herrington | Kate Shackleton | Alison Wesley | Edele Leah | Liam Howard | John Stainton | John Dey | Claire Wellesley-Smith (artist in residence)

South Square's longstanding relationship with Bradford College's staff, students and graduates continues with March's exhibition of MA Fine Art students work in progress. The exhibition will take over both the main gallery and community room spaces. Through their projects students are exploring topics such as representation, self-portraiture and consumerism using a broad range of mediums including collage, photograph, drawing, illustration and painting.


Image Credit: 'Witty' by Sue Mencioni

Every Drawing tells a Story | Thornton Grammar School | 09 January - 28 February 2016

As part of The Big Draw 2015, pupils from Thornton Grammar School took part in a drawing workshop with artist Lou Sumray.

Using the theme Every Drawing tells a Story, the pupils created drawings starting with simple shapes to create stories.

Aire Valley Arts | Group Show | 07 November - 20 December 2015

An exhibition of recent work from Aire Valley Arts, a group of contemporary artists who live and work in the Aire valley area committed to producing vibrant and thought-provoking pieces.

Presente | John Allcock | 03 October - 01 November 2015

In the current upsurge of interest in the Great War, stimulated by the centenary of its outbreak, the most significant fact is assumed to be that it took place in the past. The group of pictures offered here is the fruit of John's acquaintance with a small town in north-eastern Italy. Here, he was impressed by the way in which that war continues to be actively present in local consciousness, and popular culture is defined, in significant measure, by reference to it.

For further images of this exhibition click here.

MIXTURE | William Gall | 05 - 27 September 2015

A collection of works from various themes William has been working on for the last two or three years. The themes include Building Reflections, Woodland Landscapes, Island Seascapes and landscapes.

For further images of this exhibition click here.

Jenni Danson | 08 - 30 August 2015

A series of works in which Danson explores her particular interest in using knitting techniques as a medium for artistic expression.

In contrast to her three-dimensional installation work here she exhibits two-dimensional work on the themes of portraiture and family sayings along side small soft sculptural pieces.


For further images of this exhibition click here.


A Snapshot of History | Dreamcatchers at Cafe West | 04 July - 02 August 2015

Step back in time and enjoy photographs, newpaper clippings and articles documenting historical events from Lower Grange and Allerton areas of Bradford, from the 60's to the present day.

For further images of this exhibition click here.

Woodland Landscapes | William Gall | 06 - 28 June 2015

Working in oils on canvas and acrylic on paper and Inspired by walks through the woods on Otley Chevin, Gall explores the changing light and the glow of light coming through the trees at certain times and the high contrast of the tree outline against the sky.

For further images of this exhibition click here.

Denise Oukhaba | 04 April - 31 May 2015

A blind auction of all the artist’s work currently available for purchase.

Please place your bid on the slips provided, detailing the lowest offer and highest amount you are prepared to pay for an individual piece.

Deposit in tub provided and then wait till the day of reckoning to know if the piece will be yours. Good luck!


For further images of this exhibition click here.

In the Making. . . | 03 February - 29 March 2015

Sarah Harris | June Russell | Morwenna Catt | Hannah Lamb | Jill Shaddock | Ed Chadwick

Gain an insight into the practices and careers of six acclaimed and established contemporary craft Artists, Makers, and creative professionals. Their work will be on display in the gallery, alongside photographs and other material that will show their practice in action. A series of artist talks and artist-led workshops will accompany this exhibition.


For further information on In the Making . . . click here.

Artists Christmas Trees

South Square studio holders and artists from Unit 9 have donated artwork to decorate the community gallery over this festive period. These pieces are available to purchase for a donation throughout December. Each piece will be replaced by artwork created by local children over the Christmas period. Don't miss out!

The Big Draw 2014 | 08 - 30 November 2014

Families and children from the local area took part in a The Big Draw over October half term. View the drawings they created exploring this years theme 'it's Our World'.

Students from Thornton Grammar School | 04 - 26 October 2014

View the amazing models and images created by students from Thornton Grammar School, as part of a day long workshop led by artist Gayle Chong-Kwan.

The Children's Summer Show | 29 July - 31 August 2014

Artwork created at South Square using recycled materials, scrap and lots of imagination.

See our events and activities to find out how to take part.

Titus Salts School | 07 June - 18 July 2014

Year 7 pupils show fun and funky landscape clay tiles based on the work of Hundertwasser.
Year 9 pupils show butterfly line drawings inspired by pop art and intaglio prints based on cultural patterns.
A - level photography students show a selection of photographs from their portfolios.

Diploma/Extended Diploma (Art & Design) Fashion & Clothing | Bradford Collage | 05 April - 01 June 2014

Textiles and surface pattern students from Bradford Collage showcase their work.

HYBRID | Mandy Broadley | 08 February - 30 March 2014

Working with recycled everyday household objects, Broadley creates monstrous sculptural hybrids that merge the distinction between human and insect worlds

Click here for further images of the show.

My Thornton Photography Competition | September - December 2013

From September to December 2012, we invited budding photographers to submit photographs of Thornton and the surrounding area to take part in our photography competition ‘ My Thornton’.

We had a fantastic response and some amazing photographs were submitted. The pubic voted for their favourite photograph during December 2013 and January 2014 and the winning image was taken by Laurie Horam, and is shown above.
Congratulations Laurie Horam.

Thank you for all the hard work people put into the competition and thank you for voting.

South Square Salon 2013 | 23 November 2013 - 26 January 2014

Join us for a celebratory event on Friday 06 December 6-9pm.

A salon-style selling exhibition showcasing a range of works by approximately 55 artists from across the Yorkshire region and beyond. With such a large variety of reasonably-priced works for sale, this will be the perfect opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts.

Thornton and Keehlam Heritage Trails | 05 - 27 October 2013

You are invited to the launch of three exciting new heritage trails for Thornton and Keelham and the preview of the accompanying exhibition.

The exhibition features two large map-models of Thornton and Keelham created by pupils from the two local primary schools and used as art-work for the trails.

Launch Event

Friday 04 October 5 - 9pm

Prints by J. Alec Pearson | 07 - 29 September 2013

A unique opportunity for you to buy art works by the late J.Alec Pearson, artist and printmaker. You are invited to an exhibition on some of his most vibrant and colourful prints inspired by signs and symbols from early cultures to modern signage and electronics.

End of Exhibition Celebration | Friday 27 September 7pm.
Join us in celebrating the work and life of Alec Pearson. Jean Pearson will be joined by writer Mary (Sara) Thomson, printmaker Helen Peyton and printmaker June Russell, who will reflect on different aspects of Alec's life and work as an artist and printmaker.

To read the notes from writer Mary (Sara) Thomson's talk at the end of exhibition celebration click here.

Thornton From the Ground Up! | 06 June - 01 September 2013

Bradford author, William Cudworth, writing in about 1876 said there were upwards of thirty quarries in Thornton. That’s a lot of quarries! Where were they all? Where did it all start? What was so special about Thornton’s stone? This exhibition in the Community Room at South Square Centre explores how the underlying geology of Thornton gave rise not just to quarrying but also to coal mining and fireclay industries in Thornton.

The exhibition brings together research, images, artefacts and other material from the Thornton Antiquarian Society archive to tell the story of these local industries. Who were the quarrymen and what were their lives like? Why did the Walls of Jericho come tumbling down? Why are coal, clay and stone found in close proximity to each other? Visit the exhibition to find the answers to these questions and discover more about the place where you live.

Image courtesy of the estate of John Anderson.

Images of exhibition coming soon.

Thornton Grammar School | Year 10 Exhibition | 02 - 30 June 2013

A series of works produced by local year 10 pupils studying GCSE Art at Thornton Grammar School.

Click here for further images of the show.

Project 8 | Shipley College Students | May 2013

Featuring works by:
Addy Adil, Ricky Rae, Adam Brame, Bryan Thomas Beck, Daisy Tomes, Abby Hardy, Danny Rehman, Jordan Darvey

Project 8 is a compilation of work in progress ranging from computer manipulation to craft and fine art. Not all of this work has been created as part of our art and design qualification. Instead, some of us have incorporated art made outside of college. This small intimate space has allowed us to work collaboratively on our first exhibition prior to our end of year show in June.

Willow Weaving Workshops | April 2013

South Square has established a partnership with Gardenworks, a Thornton based charity and garden centre that provides tailor-made training opportunities for people with learning difficulties. Our most recent project involved working with a specialist willow weaving artist, Chris Sherwin, who provided a series of practical workshops for the group to explore a new material and gain further skills.

Taking the planet as a starting point, the group created a range of two and three dimensional forms, including globes, domes and rings. The workshops culminated with the group considering how the works produced could be applied within the commercial context of their garden centre. The group are keen to think about developing a range of wreaths, bird feeds and nesting boxes for the future.

South Square looks forward to working in collaboration with Gardenworks on future projects. Both organisations would like to thank the project’s funders, The Co-operative Membership Community Fund.

Click here for images of the show.

Salon 2012

Join us for the opening night on Friday 07 December 6-9pm

Over 80 artists from Yorkshire and beyond showcase their work at South Square's Salon 2012.

Put Thornton on the Map | October- November 2012

A giant heritage map of Thornton created on the walls of the community room by local people during The Big Draw, October 2012. A wonderful record of Thornton village, past and present, inspired by the hand-drawn maps of Thornton Antiquarian Frank Leonard.

Click here for further images of the show.

Odeon Uncovered | September 2012

An exhibition of artwork inspired by the campaign to save the former Bradford Odeon building. This exhibition will then travel to Centenary Square in Bradford, where it will be on view at the POP-UP gallery from 06 - 31 October.

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Thornton Grammar School | Year 10 Exhibition | July - August 2012

A series of works produced by local year 10 pupils studying GCSE Art at Thornton Grammar School. Participating artists: Josie Tothill, Zaahirah Hussain, Erin Sorton, Hana Kesedzic, Sonal Mistry, Sophie Barker, Jay McCabe, Shakeel Brar, Kajal Patel and Tinu Fagborun.

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Fantasy Fair Trade Food | February - March 2012

In January 2012, Year Four pupils at Thornton Primary School were presented with a brief - to imagine their Fantasy Fair Trade food, and paint it. Using ingredients such as Chocolate, Bananas, Sugar and Coffee as starting points, nothing was off-limits. And for those who weren't hungry, we had Fair Trade flowers as a back-up.

Visit the Community Room gallery throughout February and March to view artworks by Thornton's budding young artists.

For further images please click here.

Thornton History | November - December 2011

Step back in time to Thornton's past in the Community Room at South Square. During November and December, the Community Room becomes a cosy living room where you can settle down in a comfortable armchair and watch vintage super8 mm films made in Thornton. Alternatively, grab a retro photographic slide viewer and our wonderful collection of images and get to grips with Thornton's local history. Also on display are various artefacts from local residents, original sound recordings and interviews from the 1930s, 40s and 50s and historic photographs documenting the social history of Thornton.

Click here for further images of the show.

Viz-Able | October 2011

Viz-Able is a group of photographers with learning disabilities. Working with a professional photographer and support staff since September 2010, they have explored different ways that we appear to others through portraits, self-portraits, shadows, silhouettes and reflections. The exhibition also features their interpretation of the 'Cottingley Fairies' story. The group is currently working on commissions for various groups concerned with learning disabilities.

Click here for further images of the exhibition.

Thornton Art Trail 2011*

Over the summer people have submitted pieces of art inspired by the local views and landscapes in and around Thornton. The peices have come from adults and children and show a huge range of ideas related to the Theme.

Click here for more information and images.

Extra Leg Room | August 2011

Featuring works by:
Pam Broadhurst, Jennie Crawford, Hollie Harkin, Cat Westgarth and Sally Wilford

Extra Leg Room are pleased to host their second exhibition at South Square Gallery following their successful debut last summer. They are a group of 5 emerging artists from the West Yorkshire area who met during their art degree at Bradford College.

The show consists of a variety of artwork including print, paint, textiles and ceramics. The event opens a dialogue about the human condition, exploring themes such as the sublime, self-representation, poverty, 'madness' / normality and male identity.

The name Extra Leg Room comes from an advertising leaflet extolling the spacious comforts of first class travel. Join the artists as they stretch their legs for a second time.

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Exhibit A | Thornton Grammar School | July 2011

This exhibition celebrates the work of four local young artists studying Art A-Level at Thornton Grammar School. Collaborating with the school for the first time, South Square offered guidance to the young artists throughout the exhibiting process. Working closely with students Charlie Lambert, Ellis Hill, Alice Milnes and Hannah Toehill, the Community Room took shape as a fresh presentation of their AS/A Level coursework.
The result is a vibrant, mixed media exhibition showcasing painting, ceramics, drawing and sculpture. The success of the exhibition promises this new collaboration will become a regular event, offering Thornton's young artists an annual platform for their talents.

Click here for photographs of the exhibition

Community Room | "My Story"

Last October Deborah Britton and Jenny Oliver visited children of our neighbouring Thornton Primary School. They dropped off sixty fresh canvases with lots of new paint and set the budding artists loose to let their amazing imaginations go wild. The children were painting to the open theme of "My Story" with the aim of producing a painting that told a story about something in their life. These bright and colourful paintings are now on display in the Community Room at South Square so please come along to appreciate the works of Thornton's next generation of artists.

Click here for photographs of the exhibition

Refugees Workshop | October 2010

During October, South Square held a workshop for refugees in Bradford, inspired by Andrew Lister's exhibition on war and conflict, which ran at the same time.

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Extra Legroom | BA Students | 03 - 26 September 2010

First-year students from Bradford College present their first independent show. For the first time they dip their collective toes into the unknown depths of critical reaction.




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