Birds eye view of the South Square Centre in Thornton.

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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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Friday, 5th August 2022 - Sunday, 2nd October 2022

40 Years Of South Square Gallery40 Years Of South Square GallerySouth Square Gallery turns 40 years old in 2022. To celebrate this landmark milestone, South Square and Unit 9 proudly present our largest ever salon exhibition. Featuring over 100 artworks, with artists spanning four decades of exhibitions. Join us as we showcase this exceptional body of artwork…
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Friday, 7th October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Time Waits For No OneTime Waits For No OneThis exhibition is a reflection and appreciation in mixed media, on the meaning of life and making the most of it.
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Friday, 7th October 2022 - Sunday, 27th November 2022

To Everything A SeasonTo Everything A Season‘To Everything A Season’ by Sue Sands and Steven Spencer.
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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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Tel01274 834747

Opening Times

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

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