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 Steve Angus, Frances Guy, Steve McCabe, Denise Oukhaba and Dominic Sheard. The Board holds monthly management meetings.

Artistic Vision

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 Yvonne Carmichael.

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."

Conrad Atkinson
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. If you are interested in exhibiting at South Square Gallery you can join our mailing list at the bottom of the page to keep up to date about our latest opportunities.

To view a plan of the gallery click here.


South Square Centre and Thornton Antiquarian Society have worked together to create an accessible archive of local history material and run heritage events and activities for local people. Click here to go to the archive page.

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