Cartwright Hall stands in Lister Park and enjoys scenic views of the city. Cartwright Hall has been held to represent "Bradford Baroque", a style of architecture typical of Bradford. It however designed by the same architects as Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (Sir John W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen), also in the Baroque style.
The purpose-built gallery is home to a collection of permanent works, from Old Masters to 20th century British paintings and sculpture. Cartwright Hall also houses contemporary exhibitions by local, national and international artists, historical exhibitions, craft and media arts and a biennial open exhibition. Recent[when?] acquisitions include contemporary South Asian Art - Islamic calligraphy, illustrated textiles in the phulkari style and items of contemporary Sikh art, including a portrait of Guru Nanak).