About Impressions Gallery

Impressions Gallery is charity that helps people to understand the world through photography

We opened in 1972 as one of the first specialist photography galleries in the country, and have played a vital role in changing the way people think about photography. We continue to support and encourage ground-breaking artists who challenge and change photography. We present world-class exhibitions that explore issues such as identity, race, gender and politics. We showcase new and recent work, as well as historical photography outside the mainstream.

We believe photography is for everyone. All our exhibitions and the vast majority of our events are free. We work with our communities and support learning at all levels. We stage exhibitions that are challenging and thought-provoking, and we do not shy away from art that is perceived to be 'difficult'. It is our job to make this work accessible for everyone to enjoy. Every year 50,000 people visit the gallery to experience our exhibitions or take part in our events, workshops or education programme. In addition, up to 100,000 people annually see an Impressions Gallery exhibition on tour in the UK or abroad.

With an international reputation, we’re proud to be in Bradford. We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, supported by Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

Visitors to Impressions Gallery
Young people examining a camera

Our impact on photography

"Impressions Gallery is as vital today as when it opened in 1972. I had my first show there, and many photographers have done the same since. The policy of showing new work and emerging photographers remains central to the importance of Impressions Gallery."

Martin Parr, Magnum Photographer

Explore our archive
Impressions Gallery in York in 1976

Our team

  • Portrait of Anne McNeill

    Anne McNeill

  • About — Impressions Gallery
    Deputy Director

    Sarah Hill

  • Portrait of Pippa Oldfield
    Head of Programme

    Dr Pippa Oldfield

  • Portrait of Jen Sobol
    Learning and New Focus Manager

    Jennifer Sobol

  • Portrait of Angela Sheard
    Associate Curator and Programme Coordinator

    Angela Sheard

  • Portrait of Jane Hiley
    Visitor Services and Bookshop Manager

    Jane Hiley

  • Portrait of Asia Hussain
    Gallery and New Focus Assistant

    Asiya Hussain

Our trustees

  • Emma Cheshire
    Project Director, FutureGov. Cofounder of Futurelabs and Dotforge.
  • Kevin Doherty
    Retired solicitor and trustee of Roundabout, youth homeless charity, Sheffield.
  • Sophie Gerrard
    Award-winning photographer and co-founder of Document Scotland. Lecturer in Photography at Edinburgh Napier University.
  • Julian Rodriguez
    Head of the Department of Film & Photography at Kingston University, London.
  • Aisha Zia
    Award-winning playwright and founder of 62 Gladstone Street artspace in Peterborough. Previously photo editor, FT Weekend Magazine, The Independent, New Statesman and Reuters.

Be part of our story

Impressions Gallery is a charity and we fundraise for everything we do. We welcome your donation, large or small, and even as little as £3 a month can make a difference. Join our family of supporters and help keep our exhibitions free, forever.

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