South Square Centre

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South Square is a collection of 19th Century workers cottages, in the old Yorkshire village of Thornton, famous for its Brontë connections and its impressive 20-arch viaduct.

Renovated as a community arts centre in 1982, South Square Centre is now home to ten studio spaces for a variety of artists, as well as a gallery, community spaces, archive, fine art framers, bar and a cafe.

South Square Centre has recently undergone a huge transformation which adds wheelchair and family changing accessible toilets, a new ground floor gallery and an attractive, peaceful community garden space allowing for outdoor workshops and activities.

The centre hosts community events and activities for all ages, including an ongoing workshop programme and provides community spaces available to hire.

It is a thriving destination with a frequently changing programme of quality contemporary visual art by local artists and community groups. There are three galleries to immerse yourself in and all the exhibitions are free.

View AccessAble’s Access Guide to find out about this venue’s accessibility. The guide contains detailed, accurate information which has been put together following a visit to the venue by one of AccessAble’s trained surveyors (link opens in a new window).

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Sunday, 26th November 2023 - Sunday, 24th December 2023

Winter Windows - South Square Thornton Winter Windows TrailSouth Square is proud to present Winter Windows for the Fifth year running! This year Thornton Winter Windows is part of BDisLit, where the village windows are lit up using the theme set by artist Rosie McAndrew. This community event sees Thornton residents, businesses and organisations getting…
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Friday, 1st December 2023 - Sunday, 28th January 2024

Art Forms In NatureArt Forms In NatureAn exhibition which invites you to look closer at the South Square Centre.
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Friday, 1st December 2023 - Sunday, 28th January 2024

Viewed From A Head In The CloudViewed From A Head In The CloudsThe South Square Centre presents A new exhibition by Rose Jollands.
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  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry

Map & Directions

South Square Centre

Type:Art Gallery

South Square Centre, Thornton, West Yorkshire, BD13 3LD
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Call direct on:

Tel01274 834747

Opening Times

* Tuesday - Saturday : 10.30 - 15:00
Sunday 12:00 - 15:00

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