Wombwell Pride of Place Project

The Caravan Gallery is thrilled to be working on the Wombwell Pride of Place Project, which will include several ‘pop-up’ exhibition appearances, the first being the launch at Wombwell High Street on Saturday 14th September from 10 – 4. Look out for our encampment at the end of the pedestrianised section next to Gabby’s Florist.

We’re turning our caravan into a temporary mobile museum and gallery devoted to Wombwell and around, past, present and future. See some of the photos we’ve taken of local people and places, share your stories, memories and hopes for the future, and let us know what’s going on in your community. Make your mark on our Map of Wombwell and show us what Wombwell means to you by entering our photo competition.

We’ll be adding to our display as we go, so please bring along any Wombwell-related artwork, objects or ephemera you’d like to show, lend or donate. These exhibition contributions will be displayed in The Caravan Gallery and / or in a special exhibition in the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley in 2021.

Subsequent appearances at same location on market days (apart from 20 & 21 September) from 10am – 3pm ish as follows:
Tuesday 17 September, Tuesday 24 September, Friday 27 September, Saturday 28 September, Tuesday 1 October, Friday 4 October, Saturday 5 October, Tuesday 8 October  

Additional events:

Tuesday 1 October, 10 – 12, Wombwell Library – local history event with Barnsley Museum and Archives

Thursday 10 October, early evening – celebration to mark the end of  The Caravan Gallery’s residency in Wombwell. Details to be confirmed.

We’ve set up a dedicated Wombwell Pride of Place Project Facebook group where you can see photos of our adventures and share your own impressions of Wombwell.

See you in Wombwell!
Jan & Chris, The Caravan Gallery



 The internationally famous Caravan Gallery shines a spotlight on Wombwell

 Barnsley Museums have invited artists and photographers Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale to bring their unique mobile gallery to the streets of Wombwell.

Their bright yellow caravan – a lovingly reincarnated1969 Bluebird Europe – will make its Wombwell debut on the High Street next to Gabby’s Florists on Saturday 14 September during the Heritage Open Day weekend. Further market day appearances will follow over the course of a month.

The Wombwell Pride of Place Project – part exhibition, part alternative visitor information and an honest exploration of Wombwell past, present and future, will see The Caravan Gallery host an evolving exhibition celebrating the characteristics, community initiatives and creativity of the town and the people who live there. The exciting project, whose aim is to engage and connect the local community, has been made possible through the generosity of Arts Council England.

The caravan will be visiting Wombwell on the following dates; Tuesday 17 September, Tuesday 24 September, Friday 27 September, Saturday 28 September, Tuesday 1 October, Friday 4 October, Saturday 5 October and Tuesday 8 October

Visitors are invited to come and see Williams’ and Teasdale’s photographs of local people and places, and get involved in the project by marking places of personal significance on a hand drawn People’s Map of Wombwell.

People can make their voices heard by taking part in an unusually entertaining survey which asks ‘What slogan would you put on a Welcome to Wombwell sign?’, ‘What attractions or hidden treasures would you show visitors?’ and ‘How do you express your creativity?’

The exhibition will grow as people add their stories, memories and hopes for the future to the display along with loans and donations of Wombwell-related arts, crafts and memorabilia – some of which will go on show in a museum case in Wombwell Library.

A photography competition asking, ‘What does Wombwell mean to you?’ will run throughout the project. Competition entries will be exhibited in Wombwell Library with winners announced at the project’s closing celebration on Thursday, 10 October.

Additional events will include a Wombwell History Day in the library on Tuesday 1 October.

The outcome of this project will be shown in the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley’s exciting art space, in 2021 alongside a major touring exhibition, extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) says: “We have an extremely strong sense of community in Barnsley – people are passionate about the area in which they live and are keen to work together to make it the best place it can be.  Projects like this are vital in bringing communities together to celebrate their past present and exciting future.”

For further information and updates, please visit The Caravan Gallery website and join the Wombwell Pride of Place Project Facebook group.

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Notes to Editor

The Caravan Gallery

The Caravan Gallery is a gallery in a caravan and socially engaged visual arts project run by artists and photographers Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale who are interested in recording the ordinary and extraordinary details of everyday life.

Since 2000 they have travelled thousands of miles and exhibited in hundreds of locations, nationally and internationally, taking art and creativity to people and places ‘normal’ galleries might not easily reach. Whether exhibiting in a supermarket car park or prestigious arts venue (fashion designer Paul Smith hosted the artists and their caravan for a major exhibition at Paul Smith Space, Tokyo!) Williams and Teasdale enjoy interacting with visitors and encouraging them to get involved. Their Pride of Place Projects, often run in partnership with galleries and museums, explore regional identity and people’s connection to place. The Caravan Gallery recently played a leading role in West Midlands based art organisation Multistory’s Blast! Photo Festival when they ran a six-week Sandwell Pride of Place Project in an empty Poundland shop.

‘Seriously thought provoking, distressingly perceptive, beautifully absurd’.