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Historic Art School

Bradford College
Education, Heritage

Completed in 1911 the Lister Building was designed to replicate the workings of a full sized mill, complete with plant for the dyeing and finishing of textiles. The building is of local historic importance, with the art school producing a number of famous artists including David Hockney. Before development the building was hindered by poor circulation routes, significant accessibility problems and a service infrastructure nearing end-of-life.

Today the building houses students in fashion, textiles, history, and law, as well as The Bradford Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Craft Centre. A series of sensitive interventions brought the Lister Building back to life, re-connecting spaces and creating a series of unique flexible learning environments for the College’s students.

The refurbishment provides a new flexible gallery space and adjacent café, social learning space, textile workshop, teaching space and learning resource centre.