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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Friday, 5th April 2024 - Sunday, 28th April 2024

A painting of a woman's face.FlingA shared exhibition by Avril Hunter and Diane Jones at The South Square Centre
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Friday, 12th April 2024 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

Mind's EyeMind's EyeA new exhibition by Sue Hayton at The South Square Centre
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Friday, 12th April 2024 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

Spirits Of The WildSpirits Of The WildThe South Square Centre presents an exhibition from Paul Stockley
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Wednesday, 29th May 2024 - Wednesday, 29th May 2024

A pair of dollsChildren's Spring Fairy Motanka Dolls Workshopmake beautiful Motanka dolls with your kids at The South Square Centre
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Friday, 2nd August 2024 - Sunday, 29th September 2024

Painting of a woman and childJoan Day Bursary Award Winner ExhibitionThe South Square Centre presents an exhibition by Alex Anughe
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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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