Edward Wadsworth: His Life and Art launches at the Cooper Gallery on Wednesday, 25 September at 6pm and includes a very special guest.

Barnsley Museums is delighted that the grandson of the artist Edward Wadsworth will be attending. He is travelling to Barnsley from Devon especially for this exhibition and to share some anecdotes about his grandfather who made a great contribution to the development of British modern art.

The exciting new exhibition, which opened on 14 September, explores Wadsworth’s life and work. The exhibition takes visitors through the dynamic period of artistic change and social upheaval in the early 20th Century.

Artist Edward Wadsworth was part of the generation of young men affected profoundly by war. Born in Cleckheaton in 1889, he went to Bradford School of Art and studied at the Slade in London, along with other artists like Henry Moore and war artist Paul Nash.

During the First World War Wadsworth served with the Royal Navy in Greece and then returned home to manage a programme to camouflage war ships known as ‘Dazzle’ painting. He spent the Second World War in Derbyshire where he was trained to interrogate prisoners of war. Throughout his career he continued to experiment with new artistic styles such as Abstraction, Surrealism and Cubism. Author Jonathan Black believes he made ‘one of the most important contributions to twentieth-century avant-garde art by a British artist’.

This exhibition is the culmination of recent research funded by the Paul Mellon Centre and displays works from The Cooper Gallery’s collection alongside regional and national loans from Tate and the Imperial War Museum.

The exhibition runs until Tuesday 24 December at the Cooper Gallery, Church Street, Barnsley, Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. Call 01226 242905 or visit for more information.

The Cooper Gallery, owned and managed by Barnsley Council, is a vibrant creative art-space in the heart of Barnsley town centre. It has a regular programme of contemporary touring exhibitions and exciting events. The Gallery is also home to the Craft Showcase which features crafts and artwork for sale by regional and local artists.