David Hockney Gallery to Open at Cartwright Hall Bradford

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David Hockney Gallery at Cartwright Hall in Bradford Will Open in July 2017

Artist celebrated with a new gallery in his hometown of Bradford

I used to love going to Cartwright Hall as a kid, it was the only place in Bradford I could see real paintings. – David Hockney, 2016

2017 is the year that David Hockney, voted Britain’s greatest living artist, will celebrate his 80th birthday. To mark the occasion, Cartwright Hall – the civic art gallery in his home town of Bradford – is opening a new permanent gallery in dedication to his life and work. Opening on 7 July 2017 The David Hockney Gallery will house a display of the unrivalled collection of early work owned by the city and will include sketches, paintings, iPad drawings, prints and photographs.

“Hockney attended Bradford College of Art from 1953 to 1957”

Cartwright Hall is the home of the largest public collection of Hockney’s earliest work. The David Hockney Gallery will show drawings and sketches from his days studying in the city. Many of these have been rarely seen in public and never all together. Some of Hockney’s more well-known works, including the large iconic pool scene ‘Le Plongeur’ (below) will also be on display.

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Collection: Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford England

Hockney was born in the Eccleshill area of Bradford on 9 July 1937. He attended Bradford College of Art from 1953 to 1957. He moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art in 1959. Now resident in Los Angeles, where he has lived for the best part of the last 50 years, the artist continues to create inventive work with a regularity belying his 80 years.

“A boy from Bradford who made his mark on the cultural landscape”

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David Hockney at his exhibition ‘Painting and Photography’ at the Annely Juda Fine Art gallery in London, Britain

Jill Iredale, curator at Cartwright Hall, comments: “It is important to us that we mark this birthday of one of the world’s most significant, influential and engaging artists who just happens to be from Bradford. This new gallery will be a place where people will be able to see what inspired Hockney while he was here in the city. They can engage directly with some of his work from then through to now. I hope that all ages will be inspired by the story we will tell of how a boy from Bradford was always destined to make his mark on the cultural landscape of not just this country but across the globe for more than six decades.”

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, adds: “Cartwright Hall is the natural home for a gallery celebrating David Hockney. He’s a son of Bradford and much loved as an artist all over the world. It will be exciting to see Bradford’s public collection of Hockey’s early work in a permanent galley and learn about his life and work. This permanent gallery, in a building that inspired him as a boy, will make Cartwright Hall Art Galley a ‘must-see’ destination for visitors to the district and for all Hockney fans.”

A series of events will mark the opening of The David Hockney Gallery in Cartwright Hall and the surrounding Lister Park. Further details will be available on bradfordmuseums.org/venues/cartwright-hall-art-gallery

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