Dorothy Bradford Art Exhibition


An exhibition of artwork by artist Dorothy Bradford is being held this autumn at Ilkley Manor House.

The “Rhythms of Life” exhibition presents an impressive collection of works that the artist has produced throughout a lifetime devoted to art, with one visible subject – movement.

Born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, her father taught art and her mother’s great-uncle exhibited at the Royal Academy, but Dorothy knew she didn’t want to become the teacher her parents wanted her to be. Instead, she chose the riskier path of becoming an artist.

While Dorothy lived in Ilkley she was instrumental in establishing the mansion as a museum and art gallery where she exhibited her own work as well as that of her contemporaries.

Sarah Thomas, Chairman of the Manor House Trust, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to work with Dorothy Bradford’s family to bring her work back to The Manor House once again.”

Returning to Liverpool in the 1960s, Dorothy undertook major commissions, including a large work (The Offering) to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral which is still on display today. Dorothy also made drawings with Liverpool football players as the subject.

In 1971, she was the official artist of the New Philharmonia Orchestra on tour in the United States, and in 1975, she performed the same function for the Leeds International Fortepiano Competition. Dorothy saw many parallels between painting and music, including the close links between color and sound.

Dorothy’s paintings and drawings have been widely exhibited and her works are represented in many collections in the UK, USA, South Africa, Australia, Denmark and elsewhere.

Mary Thomson (formerly Sara) will give a talk about Dorothy and her work from the exhibition on Saturday, September 3, which will also be streamed live on Zoom. Booking details and full details of exhibition opening times can be found on the Manor House website –

The exhibition opens at 1 a.m. on September 3 and lasts until the end of October.

The mid-14th century stone mansion and courtyard sits within the footprint of the Roman fort, Olicana, and was opened by Ilkley-born patron and gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh in April 2018.

The Trust’s vision is to create an ambitious heritage and creative district for the city.

Ilkley Manor House Trust is a registered charity and operates the Grade 1 listed building as a heritage and arts centre.

It always welcomes new volunteers. Anyone interested in getting involved is welcome to contact us by email at [email protected]

New supporters are also welcome with details on how to register on the website.

The Manor is open on weekends from February 26 and is free for visitors. Donations are always welcome.

For more details on its programs, visit:

News of what is happening can also be followed on social networks:

Ilkley Manor House – Facebook Home

Manor Ilkley (@ManorHouseIlk) / Twitter

Ilkley Manor House (@ilkleymanorhouse) with Instagram photos and videos.


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