Exhibition highlights

Over the years, Bradford College have staged some amazing events and exhibitions. Here are some highlights.


Visual identities artwork

Born in Bradford

The Dye House Gallery, 22 February to 1 March 2018

Born in Bradford is one of the largest research studies in the world, tracking the lives of over 30,000 Bradfordians to conduct rigorous and applied health research that improves the health and wellbeing of families in Bradford and beyond. This exhibition showcased the work of students in Graphics, Fashion, Textiles, Visual Arts and Photography at the Bradford School of Art and the Northern School of Creative Industries, using the Born in Bradford project as their inspiration.


Visual identities artwork

Visual Identities

The Dye House Gallery, 8 January to 7 February 2018

This exhibition featured work by Leeds Fine Artists (LFA), one of the oldest and most prestigious regional arts organisations in the North of England, linked to many national and international artists of repute in two- and three-dimensional visual arts. Find out more by reading the exhibition flyer.


Landscape painting by Cath Brooke

The Inkers Collection

The Dye House Gallery, 30 November to 21 December 2017

This showcase featured work by Inkers, a group of printmakers based in West Yorkshire who work and exhibit independently and in collaboration: Cath Brooke, Emily Harvey, Ian Wrench, Julia Clegg, Ruth Fettis, Lucy Hainsworth, Neil Anderson, Paul Hudson, June Russell, Sammy Palfrey, Shelley Burgoyne and Janine Denby.

Roger Hitchen


The Dye House Gallery, 30 October to 22 November 2017

Roger Hitchen worked all his professional life in first Further, then Higher Education in Art and Design, and later managed the arts and media degrees and masters programmes in the Bradford School of Art. In retirement he devoted much of his time to artwork and photography, and this exhibition showcased over 90 examples of his photography, drawing and painting.

Joy Gregory

Behind the scenes at a photography gallery

The Dye House Gallery, 14 October to 17 November 2016

This exhibition ran in partnership with Impressions Gallery, and was hosted alongside the touring exhibition Lost Languages and other voicesIt showcased work by Joy Gregory, one of the most important artists to emerge from the Black British photography movement of the 1980s. Her work covers social and political issues, and cultural differences in contemporary society.

David Hockney Building art competition

The David Hockney Building, July 2015

A knitted bike was among six winning entries in the College's 2014 David Hockney Building Art Competition.

To mark the opening of our landmark new building, current and former students and staff submitted work inspired by the themes of 'Hockney', 'the city of Bradford', 'unity' or 'knowledge'. There was prize money for the six winning entries and these artworks became part of the College's permanent collection.

Persistence of vision 2

Bradford College, June 2015

This exhibition featured highlights of the Summer Show by students from Further and Higher Education photography courses at Bradford College in 2015.

Norman Stevens

Painter and printmaker

The Dye House Gallery, 8 November to 12 December 2014

This exhibition showcased paintings and prints by distinguished Bradford College alumnus Norman Stevens. It included work from his fellow students and life-long friends David Hockney, David Oxtoby, John Loker and Michael Vaughan; together they progressed to the Royal College of Art and made such an impact on the 1960s London art scene that they were dubbed ‘The Bradford Mafia.’

Mick Manning and Brita Granström

20 years of book illustration, prints and paintings

Yorkshire Craft Centre, 30 September to 11 October 2013

Mick, and his partner, Brita Granström, wrote and illustrated over seventy children's books and collected numerous awards. This unique exhibition displayed original illustrations from their highly acclaimed books.

Dudley Edwards

On the cusp

Yorkshire Craft Centre, 8 November to 13 December 2013

This major exhibition of celebrated artist Dudley Edwards, charted his extraordinary career, professional partnerships and solo work - from hanging out with the Beatles to his work at the centre of 1960s pop culture. It spanned the range of murals, illustration, ceramics and photography of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, to the paintings, drawings and prints from 2000 to 2013.

Framing Olympic innovation

The Studio at Gallery 1, Centenary Square, Bradford, 22 June to 21 July 2012

This innovative exhibition celebrated local links, legacy and international aspirations to London 2012. Photography, illustration, and graphics by students, staff and alumni reflected on the local impact of the 2012 Olympics, and showed the key role of former College students in Games past and present. 

The exhibition included superb images by multi-award-winning sports photographer, Gareth Copley, another Bradford College alumnus. 



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