Admission to Impressions Gallery is FREE, but donations are welcome to help keep entry open to all.

We’d love you to take photographs at Impressions Gallery for personal or non-commercial use. Don’t forget to share your visit with us and your friends through social media @impgalleryphoto

Please take your photographs without flash, this will help to protect the artwork for others to enjoy. Please also respect the wishes of all other visitors. Photography of children and young people is prohibited without consent of the accompanying adult. This includes, for example, school groups and those attending family events.

If you want to use your photographs of the gallery for non-personal or commercial reasons please contact us beforehand so we can email you a form to fill in:

We’d love you to bring your school, college or community group. It’s always best to call ahead to make sure that we don’t already have a another group booked at the same time. We can also arrange a free 5-minute introduction to the exhibition by one of our team.

Find out more about our formal education offer in Learning.

There’s many parking options nearby including the rear of the National Science and Media Museum on Sharpe Street, and at the NCP car park on Hall Ings close to the Interchange. Charges apply.

Disabled parking for blue badge holders is available at the rear of the building on Aldermanbury, or outside the Town Hall on Norfolk Gardens. Blue badge holders can park at these locations for an unlimited time period. For more information on disabled parking, see Bradford Council’s website.

We don’t have a café in our building, as there are so many places to eat and drink nearby. You can find information on bars, restaurants and in the city at Visit Bradford. Some of our favourite independent places are Lefteris on Tyrell Street, The Brick Box on Ivegate, Bread and Roses on North Parade, and the many bars and cafes in Sunbridge Wells just behind Impressions.

We ask you not eat or drink in the gallery, unless as part of a special event where our team members are around, such as Time For Tea. However, you’re very welcome to eat and drink in the foyer area outside the gallery.

It’s tempting, but we ask you not touch the artworks – even clean hands can cause damage! We often have hands-on activities and a resource area where you respond to the exhibition.

Yes, of course! To avoid any accidental damage to artworks, we ask you to please carry rucksacks in your hand, or leave them in one of the free lockers at the Welcome Desk.

No, we’re very happy for everyone to enjoy the gallery and being sociable is part of that! We just ask that you consider the other visitors around you.

Shop FAQs


Our delivery is based on the total weight of the items you buy, and starts at £4.95. The delivery cost is calculated automatically and can be seen when you go to your basket. You can also collect your items for free from the shop during our opening hours.

Yes, if the item is unused and in perfect condition. Please note we do not refund delivery fees, and you will need to pay the cost of returning the item to us. If the item arrived faulty or not as described, we will refund the cost of the item and your delivery fees.  Please contact our Visitor Services & Shop Manager to arrange a return.

Royal Mail aims to deliver your parcel in 3 working days.

No, you just need a credit or debit card. We use Paypal as our transaction partner for your security and privacy. You can choose to pay with a PayPal account, or by card. Just selection the option at checkout.

General FAQs

Yes, please see our guidelines here:
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Bear in mind that we are very pro-active in finding, researching and developing work that will support the charity’s mission and vision. Exhibitions originating from unsolicited proposals are very rare, but we are happy to receive them and each proposal is given careful consideration.

We’re sorry, but we can’t offer individual feedback on demand. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day! However, we do offer regular portfolio reviews and feedback sessions throughout the year. Have a look at our future events and join our mailing list to be the first to find out about new ones regularly added.

To keep the gallery open to all, we can only consider hiring out the space when we are closed to the public. Please email us with details of your request at info@impressions-gallery.com

We are an independent charity, funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, supported by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. We raise the additional money we need by applying for grants from trusts and foundations, and through the donations generously made by our visitors and supporters. You can find out more about how to support us here.