Your Visit

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.

The Gallery is home to the Cooper Trustees collection of 17th to 20th century paintings, watercolours and drawings by artists including JMW Turner, Wadsworth and Atkinson Grimshaw.

The permanent collection now contains over 400 works from a wide range of artists including JMW Turner, John Sell Cotman, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry. It is from these permanent collections that themed exhibitions are created to hang alongside an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions.

Admission to the gallery is free although there may be a small charge for some events.


Over the years the Cooper Gallery has received a number of generous bequests.

Join our Flickr Group!

Are you a keen photographer? We want to show people how great Barnsley is and to do that we need your help. We’re looking for photos that show Barnsley (the town and the surrounding area) off to its best. If you have taken any stunning photos of the town, the amazing places and the beautiful landscape as well as pictures of people enjoying these spaces please share them with us!

This is an opportunity to share photos of Barnsley, the town, the people and the places. We want to celebrate the area; the buildings, the landscapes and sunsets, the gardens and parks and any special events that have taken place.

Join our Flickr group here.

The gallery is open 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday. To find out more check out the opening times section on the right-hand side.