Visiting the gallery

Our opening hours are:

Tuesday – 10am to 5pm
Wednesday – 10am to 5pm
Thursday – 10am to 5pm
Friday – 10am to 5pm
Saturday – 10am to 5pm

Closed Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays.

Please check for details of any temporary closures due to the installation of exhibitions or other events.

Admission to Impressions Gallery is FREE, but donations are welcome to help keep entry open to all. Click here to make a donation online.

No, you do not need to book a ticket or a timed slot.

Masks are no longer mandatory but we suggest you wear a face covering when moving around our building, unless you’re exempt.

Hand sanitiser is available at our entrance and throughout the gallery. Please sanitise your hands upon arrival and regularly throughout your visit.

We ask you to be considerate of others and where possible practise social distancing.

On the days the gallery is closed there may not be staff on site so please contact us via email at

During opening hours call our Welcome Desk on 01274 737843.

Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a group visit.

Find out more about our current education offer on our Learning page.

There are many parking options nearby including the rear of the National Science and Media Museum on Sharpe Street, Broadway shopping centre and at the NCP car park on Hall Ings close to Bradford Interchange station. Charges apply.

Disabled parking for blue badge holders is available 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.

It’s tempting, but we ask you not touch the artworks – even clean hands can cause damage.

No, we’re very happy for everyone to enjoy the gallery. We just ask that you consider the other visitors around you.

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:


Our shop is open during gallery opening hours.

Our online shop is open 7 days a week.


Lockers are available to use for gallery visitors on request, please ask at our Welcome Desk.

You may take your bag into the gallery, however to avoid any accidental damage to artworks, we ask you to please carry rucksacks in your hand.

Lockers are also available on request from the Welcome Desk.

Yes, as always we welcome visitors with young children and their buggies to come and enjoy the gallery. Please keep children close to you when you visit to support social distancing.

In the interest of protecting the artwork we ask that you don’t eat or drink inside the gallery space.

We don’t have a café, but there are many great 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 Bread + Roses on North Parade, The Cake’ole just outside the gallery in City Park, and the many bars and cafes in Sunbridge Wells just behind Impressions. Please check the venue websites for their opening hours.

Exhibitions and events

Visit our Exhibitions page to see information on our current and past programme.

You can see details about all upcoming events on our What’s On page, and information on past events in our Archive.

You can also find details of upcoming events by:

We offer family activities every Saturday when the gallery is open, visit our What’s On page to find out more.

We also have family activities available to download and print from our website, see our Learning page for more information.

Online Shop

Our delivery is based on the total weight of the items you buy, and starts at £1.95 (2nd class post). 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.

For delivery outside of the UK please email us to place your order and arrange postage at


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 email to arrange a return.

Orders are posted within 3 days of receipt of payment and Royal Mail aims to deliver your parcel in 3-5 working days (UK deliveries).

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 select the option at checkout.

General FAQs

Yes, please see our guidelines here: Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals.

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, hire of the gallery space is limited and we consider enquiries on a case by case basis. Please email us with details of your request at

We are an independent charity, funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, and 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 who funds us and how to support us here.

Volunteering at Impressions Gallery is an excellent way to gain experience of working for an arts organisation as part of a professional creative team. We offer a range of exciting opportunities including assisting the gallery with the installation of our exhibitions, helping to run events and activities, and joining our young people’s collective New Focus. Find out more on our Opportunities page.

All vacancies for paid positions are advertised on our website (Opportunities) and through Arts Council England’s Arts Jobs service. We advise that you do not send speculative letters and CV’s as we are unable to keep these on file for data protection purposes.