Impressions receives grant from Art Fund for OPEN OUT programme — Impressions Gallery

Impressions Gallery is delighted to announce that we have received an ArtFund Respond and Reimagine Grant, enabling us to launch our new programme OPEN OUT.

Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine grants offer flexible and responsive funding to help museums adapt to the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis and reimagine future ways of working.

Impressions will launch OPEN OUT in January 2021, in tandem with the opening of our next gallery exhibition Being Inbetween by Carolyn Mendelsohn. OPEN OUT will present, over the course of a year, four outdoor capsule exhibitions bringing photography to the streets of Bradford.

Four new virtual exhibitions will allow people to visit Impressions digitally, providing an online alternative to view our artistic programme throughout 2021, accompanied with a series of innovative digital events that will provide rich online experiences for both photographers and the wider public.

OPEN OUT will employ a Digital Creative Producer, the gallery’s first dedicated digital role, and we look forward to this new member joining our team in January 2021.


Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. It provides millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK, further the professional development of their curators, and inspire more people to visit and enjoy their public programmes. In response to Covid-19 Art Fund has made £2 million in adapted funding available to support museums through reopening and beyond, including Respond and Reimagine grants to help meet immediate need and reimagine future ways of working.

Art Fund is independently funded, supported by the 159,000 members who buy the National Art Pass, who enjoy free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places, 50% off major exhibitions, and receive Art Quarterly magazine. Art Fund also supports museums through its annual prize, Art Fund Museum of the Year. In a unique edition of the prize for 2020, Art Fund responded to the unprecedented challenges that all museums are facing by selecting five winners and increasing the prize money to £200,000. The winners are Aberdeen Art Gallery; Gairloch Museum; Science Museum; South London Gallery; and Towner Eastbourne.