An exciting new free exhibition opens at the Cooper Gallery this Saturday, 14 September exploring artist Edward Wadsworth’s life and work.

The exhibition will take visitors through the dynamic period of artistic change and social upheaval in the early 20th Century.

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 a long side regional and national loans from Tate and the Imperial War Museum.

To find out more about this exhibition come along to the Curator’s tour, 11am Saturday 14 September.

The exhibition runs until Tuesday, 24 December  at the Cooper Gallery, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AH. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and Saturday, 10am to 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.