Three new exhibitions open at Barnsley Museums this autumn

Barnsley Museums continue their run of showcasing high calibre art with three new exhibitions opening at the Cooper Gallery.

On Saturday 15 September ‘Artists and Adventurers: Women Who Dared to Create’ launches at the Cooper Gallery. The exhibition is a unique and colourful exploration of fine and decorative artworks. Paintings, drawings, ceramics and glass from the art collections of the Cooper Gallery and Cannon Hall Museum will be on display.

Evelyn de Morgan, Vanessa Bell, Prunella Clough, Clarice Cliff and Lucie Rie have work featured as part of the exhibition. They are accompanied by three of Barnsley’s very own artists Gertrude Spencer Stanhope, Florence Hold and Madeline Moore. The stories and experiences of these women and the challenges they faced over the last 150 years are explored, and their creativity and achievements celebrated. The exhibition runs until Saturday 12 January 2019.

Melissa Gallimore, the exhibition's curator, said: “It’s been fascinating researching the women artists who feature in this exhibition. The diverse nature of their creativity reflects their interesting lives. I would encourage anyone in Barnsley town centre to pop-in and find out more.”

To bring the theme up to the present day, visitors can also see the contemporary art show ‘Vote 100 - A Century of Change?’. This exhibit will be on show in the Sadler Room at the Cooper Gallery from Thursday 25 October. In 1918 the Representation of the People Act extended the vote to all men over 21, and to some groups of women over 30. Earlier this year Barnsley Museums invited local women artists to respond to the question ‘In 100 years, how have attitudes changed?’. This unique exhibition which runs until Wednesday 12 December brings together their response and celebrates women in the arts.

‘Seascapes and Riverviews’ will also open on Saturday 15 September - a new long-term exhibition of paintings and drawings from the Cooper Gallery collection. The show will feature British and European artists including; Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Sir David Muirhead Bone, JMW Turner and Johan Jongkind. Frozen rivers with skaters, busy shipping, atmospheric estuaries and sunny Italian views will be on display. Stormy works by the celebrated French marine artist Eugene Isabey, a favourite of Mr and Mrs Cooper, will also feature.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council, said: “We're delighted to be launching our autumn season with three new exhibitions at the Cooper Gallery. In Barnsley we're fortunate to have such a wonderful collection, helping us to regularly change our exhibits and allow visitors to view works by world-renowned and regional artists.

“Barnsley Museums have a wonderful reputation for holding exciting and unique exhibitions, and these fascinating exhibitions will be no different.”

Artists and Adventurers: Women Who Dared to Create and Vote 100 - A Century of Change? have generously been supported by Arts Council England.

Admission to the Cooper Gallery and the three new exhibitions is free.