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. 

South Square are also pleased to receive Cultural Recovery Funding as part of the Government’s £1.57m scheme to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure we have a sustainable future.


Small bursary to create online content inspired by books published by Thornton Antiquarian Society.
We are looking for someone with a keen interest in the history of Thornton and Bradford to select and edit content from Thornton’s history archive which can be shared online. These could be gifs, video, facebook/instagram live, photos, graphics or digital artworks. 
The aim is to help promote, highlight and make accessible the work of the archive. This is a project that can be delivered remotely. We encourage expressions of interest from people who live locally.
Please send an email to info@southsquarecentre.co.uk with information about yourself, any key interests relating to local heritage and any initial ideas or approaches to the project. Please include links to any of your own work online for reference.
There is a set fee available of £600 and an additional materials budget available. 
Deadline for expressions of interest is 27th October 2020.