Welcome Back! Exhibition and cafe reopen!

We are pleased to reopen our exhibitions 10.30-15.30 on Fridays and Saturdays from 14 August 2020.  Advance booking is not required, however the gallery’s capacity is limited to one household at a time, so visitors may be asked to wait in the courtyard to be given a tour of the exhibition. Plenty at the Square are also open serving takeaway award winning coffee, fabulous cakes and lunches.

The galleries are showcasing creative work by Unit 9 artist collective and work made with local residents during lockdown. Also on display are plans for capital refurbishment of the building that is due to take place later this year.

This exhibition reflects the work which we have been testing, developing and piloting during lockdown including garden gigs working with Sapgate Community Garden, heritage-inspired zines, paint by numbers kits and zoom roundtable discussions. The unusual circumstances have been challenging, as well as providing new ways to examine the way we function as a community, providing positive re-assessment of ourselves.


In March 2020, South Square Centre received the news that we were successful with our application to National Lottery Heritage Fund to undertake a capital refurbishment of Grade II workers cottages as well as a three year programme of heritage activities. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players there will be an exciting activity programme of events, traineeships, workshops and exhibitions. These will highlight local industrial heritage, Thornton as the birthplace of the Brontë’s and South Square’s own history as a grassroots cultural and arts centre.

The capital project is also supported by Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation and Bradford Council. 

Oral History Project

  • Would you like to preserve the experiences of older generations?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Do you enjoy hearing unique stories from everyday people?
  • Would you like to improve your communication skills?

 South Square Centre is starting a new oral history project.

 We’ll be looking for volunteers to be trained and to conduct recorded oral history interviews with individuals who lived in Thornton in past generations. If you have a little spare time to connect with someone over the phone or in person. We’d like to hear from you.

 We’ll be offering two afternoon training sessions in September (via Zoom Online Conferencing Software) in which you’ll learn interview techniques including; purpose of oral histories, ethics, and using recording equipment. We hope to conduct a training session in person at a later date, for those who might not be comfortable using zoom. Please contact us if you are interested in either of the above.

Email: a.withers@southsquarecentre.co.uk or leave a message at 01274834747