Visiting the gallery

During January, our opening hours are:

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

Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Bank Holidays.

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. However, we are limiting the number of visitors allowed inside the venue and gallery space at any one time, and requesting that people follow social distancing measures.

We currently allow up to 30 people in the gallery space at any one time.

Group visits can be arranged but must be booked in advance so that you can visit knowing the gallery will be safe for everyone.

We will be responding to any changes as necessary. Any major alterations to our opening hours or operations will be posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

On the days the gallery is closed there will be minimal 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, 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 and observe social distancing.

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:

Hygiene and safety measures

To help everyone keep a safe distance, we are limiting visitor capacity and have a defined one-way route for entry and exit points. Within the gallery space you will be free to explore the exhibition in a socially distanced way. There is safe distancing and other guidance signage on-site and our staff will help to ensure a welcoming and safe experience for everyone.

Hand sanitiser will be available for you to use in key areas. There are perspex screens in place at our Welcome Desk.

It is mandatory to wear a mask unless you are exempt.

We understand that not everybody is able to wear a mask for physical or health reasons. Please inform staff on arrival if you are unable to wear a mask.

Everyone working at the gallery has been given face coverings to wear. They also have hand sanitiser and wipes for equipment.

Prior to re-opening following lockdown, we  reviewed our operational plans and safety policies. A comprehensive risk assessment has been produced in line with Health and Safety Executive Covid-19 guidelines and is available on request.

Impressions Gallery remains fully accessible and we ensure that maximum access and inclusion is considered at every stage of your visit.

If you, or anyone you live with, displays symptoms associated with Covid-19, or if you’ve recently been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 please stay at home and delay your trip until it is safe to visit.


Yes, our Shop will be operating during gallery opening hours.


We’ve changed the layout to allow more space for social distancing and ask that all visitors sanitise their hands before touching books. Our online shop is open 7 days a week.

Lockers are available to use for gallery visitors on request, please ask at our friendly 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 in the gallery.

We don’t have a café in our building, 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 The Bread and Roses on North Parade, and the many bars and cafes in Sunbridge Wells just behind Impressions. Please check the venue websites for their opening hours.

Exhibitions and events

Our current exhibition Through Our Lens: Growing up with Covid-19 is open to the public until 26 March 2022

Visit our Exhibition page to see information on our past programme, and take a look at our What’s On page for more information on current and future exhibitions.

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

All of our events are available digitally, either live or recorded.

You can also find details of upcoming events by:

There are no family activities taking place at the moment, however we hope to resume as soon as we can.

We 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 £3.95 (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.

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_2021

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

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 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.