University of Bradford Norcroft Centre

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University of Bradford Norcroft Centre

Norcroft Centre

Built in 2006, the Norcroft Centre is a dual purpose building. In term time the Auditorium is primarily used for Team Based Learning and Teaching and out of term time for Events and Exhibitions. The lounge is available for events throughout the year, subject to availability.  On some occasions it is possible to book the Auditorium for events in term time.

Norcroft Centre availability is managed by the Timetabling & Attendance Office. You can contact them on ext. 4848 or email to check availability. Bookings will not be confirmed without completion and approval of the online event application form

The Centre is not bookable by students or student societies acting without the support of UBU.

The Norcroft Centre is host to David Wright paintings




Paintings by David Wright At the Norcroft Centre

The Secret Garden (Grand Designs Series).

The Secret Garden (Grand Designs series)

The Norcroft Centre houses several hauntingly beautiful, large-scale works by Birmingham-born artist David Wright, who died in 2013 after working for many  years in nearby Hebden Bridge. The pictures, from the “Grand Designs”, “Gardens” and “The Transgressions of Abbé Mouret” series, are shown to great effect in the large, well-lit rooms of the Centre, and enhance its tranquil, reflective mood.

Flooded Cathedral (Grand Designs Series).

Flooded Cathedral (Grand Designs series)

David Wright was born on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1929, the son of a sculptor whose works can be seen on many civic and private sites around the country, as well as in various galleries. David enjoyed spending time at the Guild where his father worked amongst the other artists and sculptors. He started painting at the age of 8 and by the time he was 11 he knew he wanted to become an artist. His early art education came from the many art books in the family home and from his father talking about his favourite artists’ work, as well as from visits to Birmingham City Art Gallery, which he loved.