Barnsley: Two exhibitions

We are delighted to announce that we have two exhibitions at the Cooper Gallery Barnsley.

19th February – 14th May 2022
Galleries 2 & 3, Cooper Gallery, Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AH – Free admission

extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery

extra {ordinary} is a national touring exhibition of over 100 colour photographs taken between 2000-2014. Astutely observed, thought provoking and often hilarious, The Caravan Gallery’s images focus on the extraordinary details of everyday life and a unique record of social change since the millennium. extra{ordinary} gives the viewer an insight into the reality and surreality of everyday life in 21st Century Britain, seeking out and celebrating the curious, the unusual, the typical and the absurd.

extra{ordinary} was produced for The Caravan Gallery’s national Pride of Place Project Tour 2015- 2016, supported by an Arts Council England Strategic Touring grant, in partnership with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA), Sunderland; Impressions Gallery, Bradford; Ffotogallery / Diffusion Festival, Cardiff; Museum of Lancashire, Preston; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), Middlesbrough and Showcase Gallery, Southampton.

A beautiful hard-backed extra{ordinary} exhibition catalogue designed by IDprojects is also available.


The Caravan Gallery: Wombwell Pride of Place Project

This exhibition is a celebration of the Wombwell Pride of Place Project that was commissioned by Barnsley Museums in 2019.

Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale of The Caravan Gallery were invited to create a participatory project celebrating the town of Wombwell five miles outside of Barnsley. They spent time photographing the area and meeting local people before returning to Wombwell High Street for a week in autumn 2019 with an exhibition in their unique mobile gallery and museum.

Jan and Chris invited local people, including members of community groups and students from Barnsley College, to contribute their own Wombwell-related stories, memories, artwork, and ephemera to the exhibition in the caravan, and a museum case in Wombwell Library.

The Caravan Gallery would like to thank Gaby Lees and Barnsley Museums for commissioning the project, Wombwell Library staff, Wombwell Heritage Group, Fiona O’Brien of Principal Towns and all who have contributed. There will be opportunity for visitors to add to the display at Cooper Gallery during the exhibition, and a new website will be created as a project legacy.