South Square is based within a Grade II listed building originally built as a courtyard of stonemasons' cottages in 1832 in Thornton village, Bradford. Following a period of dereliction, in 1982, Thornton and Allerton Community Association Ltd was formed and pioneered the building's restoration in partnership with Bradford Metropolitan District Council and the Manpower Services Commission. Thirty years later, South Square has developed as a thriving visual arts centre run as a sustainable enterprise comprising workshop rooms, artists' studios, fine art framer, craft shop, welcoming cafe, and at its heart, a celebrated contemporary art gallery.
Thornton & Allerton Community Association Ltd is a registered charity (No. 1122128), and became a limited company (No. 6342828) in 2007. The Board of Directors/Trustees, which includes the three founding Trustees of the company, are responsible for all aspects of the management of the Centre. Current Directors/Trustees are Jennie Crawford, Pete Lund, Denise Oukhaba, Jim Parr, Nancy Stedman, Ian Tothill, and local Councillor Valerie Binney (ex officio). The Board holds monthly management meetings.
South Square Gallery is a grassroots exhibition space committed to providing a professional and supportive resource for artists and emerging curators. As a test bed for new ideas, the gallery hosts an ever evolving dialogue between artists and their audience. South Square Gallery provides a programme of curatorial traineeships, artists' bursaries and residencies. Established in 1982 South Square Gallery has built up a strong reputation as an integral and ambitious contemporary art venue in the North. South Square Gallery is run by a team led by Artistic Programme Manager David Knowles.
The exhibition programme aims to:
1. Support and develop the artist's practice
2. Attract, engage and sustain diverse audiences
3. Present critically engaged work for enjoyment and debate
Patron - Conrad Atkinson
"In April 2011 I worked with the team at South Square Gallery on my solo show "Dreams of Permanence, Hopes of Transience". They collaborated creatively with me and curated the complex pieces with such enthusiasm and care that much of the works gained more meanings and resonances than they had in other venues in Europe or New York. The success of the show was due to the efforts of this unique team and its fertile relationship both with art and its practice and its integrity with their audience. My belief in this unique gallery and its team has inspired me to support their artistic vision by becoming the Patron of South Square Gallery."
Patron of South Square Gallery, Honorary Fellow University of Cumbria, Distinguished Visiting Professor Courtauld Institute, Professor Emeritus University of California
There are a number of bursary and open call opportunities available for artists to develop ambitious exhibitions in the gallery, these will be posted on the website. South Square Gallery also welcomes unsolicited proposals from artists, collectives and curators. For gallery information, exhibition policy, photographs and floor plan please download South Square Proposals
South Square Centre and Thornton Antiquarian Society are working together to create an accessible archive of local history material and run heritage events and activities for local people. A two year project made possible with support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
South Square has two main strands of activity: Arts and Heritage, both of which involve the local community.
Arts: In February 2013 South Square embarked upon a two-year project funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Bradford MDC. This project will enable South Square to run a pioneering Curatorial Traineeship scheme in partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield; commission new work in partnership with the Bronte Parsonage; provide opportunities for emerging artists to produce and present new work; and develop an extensive audience engagement programme, including workshops, events and activities.
Heritage: In February 2012 South Square embarked upon a two-year project, Stone, funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Bradford MDC. Stone is an exciting new collaboration between South Square and Thornton Antiquarian Society, who are working together to create an accessible archive of local history material, develop education resources for schools and run heritage events and activities for local people
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