Cooper Gallery, Barnsley

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Opening Times:

Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm;
Sat 10am-3pm;
Sunday - Closed



Venue contact details:

T: 01226 242905
E: [email protected]

Cooper Gallery, Barnsley

The Cooper Gallery is set in an historic building in the centre of Barnsley.  When the town centre's Holgate Grammar School outgrew its space, Samuel Joshua Cooper, son of a wealthy local businessman, acquired the building to house his collection of paintings.  It opened its doors to the public in 1914 with over 200 works on show.  The collection grew with the help of other benefactors, chief among them Sir Michael Sadler, The Fox Family and Colonel Addy, allowing the Cooper Gallery Trustees to continue to expand and develop the Art Gallery. 

The permanent collection at the Cooper Gallery now contains over 400 works from artists, including a number of Turner's watercolours.  It has a fine collection of mainly seventeenth to twentieth century art owned by the Trustees of the Cooper Gallery. The collection is exhibited thematically, changing three time a year.  This is complemented by a programme of contemporary exhibitions, featuring work by international, national and local artists. 

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Turner's On View

The Gallery has a number of Turner watercolours within its collection.  Although these do not incude any of his Yorkshire work, they are well worth a visit to appreciate Turner's talent. 

CPTR 353 Old Market House Salisbury Turner649 Courtesy of the Cooper Gallery TrusteesThe works within the collection are:

A town on the Italian Coast

Salisbury - the Council House

Salisbury - the Old Market House (featured image courtesy of the Cooper Gallery Trustees)

View of Old Bregenz (Austria)



The Venue


Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AH

Map reference: SE344066

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Directions to Cooper Gallery, Barnsley:

By Road: follow directions for Barnsley town centre. The Gallery is on Church Street (opposite the Town Hall).

By Public Transport: on exiting the station walk up Regent Street, at the top turn right and the gallery is about 200yds on your right