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New Bradford gallery celebrates David Hockney

A new permanent gallery of works opens in Bradford today to celebrate the life of artist David Hockney, one of the city’s most famous sons who celebrates his 80th birthday on Sunday 9 July.

The gallery space, in Cartwright Hall, Lister Park, Bradford, will showcase many of the internationally-renowned artist’s early works with a particular focus on his Yorkshire and Bradford pieces.

Honoured

Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, Coun Sarah Ferriby, said: “Born in Bradford but revered around the world, we are delighted to see David Hockney honoured in his home town with this permanent exhibition at Cartwright Hall’s in his name.

“Like other famous names and institutions, such as Marks and Spencer, Barbara Hepworth, Waddingtons the company behind Monopoly and Cluedo, Tetley beer, Henry Moore and Dame Judi Dench, David Hockney’s work spreads the name of Yorkshire globally.

“Creative, compulsive and controversial, David’s art has inspired generations and this latest stunning gallery space is a welcome addition alongside Wakefield’s Hepworth Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park,  Salts Mill and Leeds’ Henry Moore Institute - to our outstanding cultural credentials.”

Today’s celebration comes hot on the heels of The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield being named Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 on Wednesday.

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