Thornton Road, Bradford, BD13 3LD


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june, 2021

04jun(jun 4)10:30 am25sep(sep 25)3:00 pmFeaturedIn Shipshape

Event Details

Exhibition opens Friday 4th June 2021 – Saturday 25th September 2021

Gallery opening hours:
Wed – Sat – 10.30-3pm

Presenting ‘IN SHIPSHAPE’ Exhibition and Summer Events Programme

Raven staging recreates 1980’s iconic large-scale props from the Titanic, Chinatown and Paris Thornton parties. Re-live life at South Square through the years.

Following an eight-month capital renovation and international pandemic South Square Centre has been preened and polished and is in shipshape and ready to set sail. One of the largest investments South Square has seen from National Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council amongst others, will ensure that this valuable community asset stays sea-worthy for the next 99 years.

Our inaugural exhibition and summer activity programme takes inspiration from South Square’s roots as a DIY, community-led arts space born in 1982. Originally renovated by unemployed graduates on a Manpower services scheme, South Square Centre’s early years were defined by three eventful parties with distinct themes; Paris Thornton, Chinatown and Titanic – being the event which sticks in most revellers’ memories. Large-scale props such as a giant iceberg, lighthouse and ships funnel hoped that the maiden voyage of South Square would not end in a similar fate to the infamous ship.

Nearly 40 years later, we revisit these personal stories recollecting early memories of South Square as an arts centre presented as audio mixes set against a backdrop of recreated party props. We also present audio recordings from former cottage residents, exploring South Square’s long heritage as a home for working families in Thornton. Heritage Activities Officer Alice Withers uncovered these intriguing accounts of life at South Square, whilst working with volunteers trained in oral history collection throughout 2020. You’ll hear about the family connections and strong community bonds, laughter and friendship, which have become the lifeblood of South Square today. Listen in to conversations from yesteryear of Thornton, a meeting of friends, the starting of something new.

Full length audio works featured in the exhibition will be, for the first time, available to take away and listen to at home.

A summer events programme of workshops, wellbeing activities and music to follow.

South Square Centre
Thornton Road
BD13 3LD



June 4 (Friday) 10:30 am - September 25 (Saturday) 3:00 pm


Main Gallery, South Square Centre


South Square Centre

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