Cooper Trustees Present: Cooper Prize 2023 Exhibition 

The Cooper Prize 2023 attracted a record number of artists all of whom had lived, worked or where born in South Yorkshire. It aims to reward and celebrate excellence and originality in mixed media and showcase local talent. 

Over 400 pieces of artwork were sumbitted and included abstract, figurative, contemporary and traditional. The very best has now been selected to form part of an exhibition in the Gallery which is now on display.

Packed with exciting artwork you will be amazing at the quality and diversity of the work included in this exciting display.

Please note that the Sadler Award and Fox Gift will close slightly earlier than the exhibition in the main gallery on 2 March to make way for a new exciting exhibition from Barnsley College

Free entry 


Here are the Cooper Prize 2023 Winners

The Cooper Prize

The Cooper Prize

Winner - Sam Sherborne - Staying Alive, Blacksmith made forged steel

Fox Gift

Fox Gift

Winner - Charlotte Torrington - Timeless, Pencil

Sunflowers in a garden

Check out all the entries

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Vote in the People's Choice Award

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Watch artist videos

The Cooper Prize virtual award ceremony


 The Cooper Prize - Main Prize  

  • £1000
  • Main gallery group exhibition with Cooper Prize Finalists 
  • Solo Exhibition in Sadler Room 2024 

The Sadler Award - Emerging Artist 

Open to any student or graduate that has graduated within the past 2 years 

  • £500 – Sponsored by the Mayor of Barnsley  
  • Main gallery group exhibition with Cooper Prize Finalists 

Barnsley College Special Award for Originality and Skills 

  • £100  


The Fox Gift -Artists under 16- Free to enter 

Under 16s category 

  • £100 vouchers to spend on Artist Materials 
  • Main gallery group exhibition with Cooper Prize Finalists 


Peoples Choice

  • Hamper (Sponsored by Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust)

Throughout the exhibition there will be a chance for visitors to vote for their favourite piece. 

The artist who receives the most votes will win.