Bituminous Illuminations at the Cooper Gallery

A new exhibition at the Cooper Gallery from Saturday, 8 March combines art with a specially commissioned piece of music.

Gary Blundell and his partner Victoria Ward are Canadian painters living in rural Ontario, in a log cabin, in the Boreal Forest.

In response to their Artist Residency at The Art House, Wakefield, Yorkshire in 2011, Gary and Victoria were inspired to produce works exploring the rich coal seams of the Yorkshire coalfield. Their inspiration has resulted in a series of contemporary yet striking oil on wood and mixed media paintings which convey the texture, pattern and colour of the rich coal seams.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson, Development, Environment and Culture, said: “This fascinating exhibition shows how these artists found inspiration amongst the coal seams and how beauty can be found in the harshest of environments.

“I’d like to thank the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Arts Council and the Haliburton County Development Corporation for their support in helping the artists bring this exhibition to the UK and to Barnsley TUC Training Ltd for providing support to allow the artists to discuss their techniques during exhibition related events."

Accompanying this free exhibition at the Cooper Gallery is a specially commissioned piece of contemporary music.

The exhibition runs until Saturday, 24 May.

Operated by Barnsley Council, The Cooper Gallery 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 and Impressions Coffee Lounge.