‘A Dutch Golden Age’ arrives in Barnsley

19 June 2018

A wealth of masterpieces by Dutch painters including Rembrandt have arrived in Barnsley.

‘A Dutch Golden Age’, a new exhibition of ‘Old Masters’ by world-class Dutch painters, opened at Cannon Hall Museum in Cawthorne near Barnsley on Saturday 16 June.

It is the first time the museum has loaned paintings from the National Gallery, London, including two special works by Rembrandt and Jan Steen.

‘A Dutch Golden Age’ has been funded through a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund - a scheme created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund to directly fund and empower regional and smaller local authority museums to borrow major works or collections of art from the UK’s national museums and galleries.

Paintings from the York Art Gallery and Museums Sheffield also form part of the exhibition, alongside pieces collected by wealthy industrialist William Harvey, whose generosity helped Barnsley build up a collection of world-renowned art from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The exhibition provides an opportunity to learn more about the history of the ‘Dutch Masters’ in Barnsley. Paintings from that period in the exhibition include portraits, seascapes, Italianate landscapes and still lifes.

A programme of tours, talks and workshops at Cannon Hall Museum will be open to the public to learn more about the exhibition which is open until Sunday 16 September.

Families can celebrate a season of Dutch painters during the summer holidays. Activities include ‘Louise and the Giant Lobster’ on Saturday 4 and Monday 6 August, where Barnsley artist Louise Wright will work with families to create a large-scale picture of a lobster inspired by the Dutch painting, ‘Fruit and Lobster’ by Jacob Marrel.

A study day on Saturday 14 July will allow participants to take an in-depth look at the paintings, artists, research and conservation work which has formed the exhibition. Tickets for the study day cost £25 through Eventbrite.

Natalie Murray, Collections and Exhibitions Manager for Barnsley Museums and curator of the exhibition, said: “The Dutch Golden Age is a really fascinating period in art history and we are delighted that people will have a chance to see these amazing paintings right here in South Yorkshire. The quality of the Dutch paintings in this exhibition is outstanding and it's exciting to see a collection of Dutch Masters like these together outside of London.”

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council, said: “Not only will people in Barnsley be able to come and view the work of artists such as Rembrandt, but they can also join one of our talks, tours or workshops to learn more about the artists, their subjects and the times in which they lived.

“We are certain people will travel from across the country to view the exhibition in the beautiful surroundings of Cannon Hall.”

Funding for painting and framing conservation for the exhibition was secured by Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust through the Woodmansterne Art Conservation Fund and the Idlewild Trust, and from donations from the public and the Trust’s corporate partners.

The exhibition is free with donations welcome. For more information about ‘A Dutch Golden Age’ at Cannon Hall Museum visit www.cannon-hall.com

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Media contact: Charlotte Goldthorpe on 01226 766900 or at charlotte@capitalbmedia.co.uk

Image shows: ‘Fruit and Lobster’ Jacob Marrel (1614-1681)

Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens is part of the Barnsley Museums portfolio, owned and operated by Barnsley Council. The other free heritage attractions are the Cooper Gallery, Worsbrough Mill, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley.

Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust is a fundraising charity founded in 2015 to help preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future. The Trust - a voluntary independent board of community champions - aims to generate funds and engage the support of individuals, businesses and organisations to safeguard the future of Barnsley’s museums, as a source of learning, curiosity, inspiration and enjoyment for all. 

Garfield Weston Foundation

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making foundation which supports causes across the UK with grants totalling over £60 million each year. 2018 also marks its £1 billionth donation since it was established.

One of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees are descendants of the founder and they take a highly active and hands-on approach. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business which includes Twinings, Primark, Kingsmill (all part of Associated British Foods Plc) and Fortnum & Mason amongst others - a successful model that still endures today; as the businesses have grown, so too have the charitable donations.

From small community organisations to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Over 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.

Art Fund

Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone, Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections. It also helps museums share their collections with wider audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions and makes additional grants to support the training and professional development of curators. Art Fund is independently funded, with the core of its income provided by 139,000 members who receive the National Art Pass and enjoy free entry to over 320 museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions and subscription to Art Quarterly magazine. In addition to grant-giving, Art Fund’s support for museums includes Art Fund Museum of the Year (won by The Hepworth Wakefield in 2017) and a range of digital platforms. Find out more about Art Fund and the National Art Pass at www.artfund.org

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