Discover Dogs in Art at the Cooper Gallery

A new exhibition at Barnsley Council’s Cooper Gallery looks at the diverse roles that dogs have in our lives, as seen through the paintings in gallery’s permanent collection.

Join Sammy, the Cooper Gallery’s canine guide, who will take you around the exhibition, which opens from Saturday, 18 January. He will tell you the story of where modern dogs came from and how important they have been to our lives and history.

He will introduce you to the story of the extraordinary Italian greyhound Fanny, who was a muse to the many artist friends of her owner, artist Albert Lipsczinski.

Unveiled for the first time in many years will be the gallery’s Joseph Gott sculpture of Boy and whippet.  It has been cleaned and conserved especially for this free exhibition which runs until the end of May.

There will also be a chance for families to design a dog tag and create an ‘Origami Dog Puppet’ inspired by the exhibition.

Our canine friends are further celebrated in a small selling exhibition of all things doggy from artists across the region. Could you resist one of Sue Whimster’s ceramic dogs? They won’t bite or chew the furniture and there won’t be any vets bills but we can’t guarantee that you won’t want another. 

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.

It is open 10am, to 4pm, Monday to Friday and 10am, to 3pm on Saturdays.