Bradford honours Hockney with new gallery

Early works by Bradford-born artist David Hockney are going on display in a new gallery at the city’s Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.

The new permanent display of works will be opened with a celebration of Hockney’s 80th birthday on July 9.

The highlights of the “quirky and fun-filled birthday party” will be filmed and sent to Los Angeles for Hockney himself to watch.

He said last year: “I used to love going Cartwright Hall as a kid; it was the only place in Bradford I could see real paintings.”

The artist has released never-before-seen photos from his personal albums for the new exhibition.

It takes visitors from his Bradford childhood, sketching stuffed birds in Cartwright Hall, to his status as a world-famous artist.

Visitors can learn about the streets where he lived, the schools he attended and the way he developed his observational skills around the city’s streets.

A separate permanent exhibition showcasing the artist’s work already exists in Salts Mill in Saltaire, just outside Bradford.