The majority of the collection consists of 19th and 20th century British art, with a particularly strong collection of work by David Hockney alongside a number of contemporary prints by both British and international artists. Recent acquisitions include a selection of contemporary South Asian Art, Islamic calligraphy, illustrated textiles in the phulkari style and items of Sikh art, including a portrait of Guru Nanak.
The craft collection further holds a number of contemporary South Asian works. The gallery programmes a variety of temporary exhibitions of historic, modern and contemporary work, the displays are greatly influenced by the focus on the educational use of the collection.
A little way out of town, the elegant building of Cartwright Hall epitomises the Victorian grandeur of Yorkshire’s industrial revolution. Located in the landscaped grounds of Lister Park with its own boating lake, a trip to the museum is full of discoveries. Inside the building the permanent collection is housed on the second floor with beautiful Henry Moores and an important collection of splash paintings by the Bradford born David Hockney.