Barnsley prepares to welcome famous Picasso prints

19 December 2016

A Barnsley museum is preparing to welcome ground-breaking artwork by Picasso.

The free exhibition featuring 17 original linocut prints will open at the town centre’s newly transformed Cooper Gallery on Saturday 21st January. It will be the first time the famous artist’s work has been displayed in Barnsley, and the first time these linocuts have visited Yorkshire.

Barnsley was chosen as one of only three places in the country to host the exhibition, which is on loan from the British Museum for its inaugural tour of the UK.

The artwork has already been on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool, and will go on to be shown in Coventry.

The exhibition pieces will include the iconic ‘Still Life under the Lamp’, and ‘Jacqueline Reading’, which depicts his wife and muse. Both prints were made in 1962, when Picasso was 80 years old.

The artist explored the technique of linocutting in the late 1950s and early 1960s, repeatedly cutting, printing and cleaning just one piece of lino to build up bold and often colourful images.

Sarah Briggs, exhibitions officer at Barnsley Council, said: “Picasso is often referred to as the most influential and celebrated European artist of the 20th century so we are incredibly proud that these prestigious works will be on display here in Barnsley. 

“The techniques he employed to create the prints were ground-breaking at the time and this is a fantastic opportunity for people from across Yorkshire to experience original artworks by a world-renowned artist right on their doorstep.”

Below Sarah Briggs talks about Barnsley welcoming artwork by Picasso.

The Cooper Gallery, which is run and operated by Barnsley Council on behalf of the Cooper Gallery Trustees, was transformed in the spring of 2016 to double its exhibition space.

‘Picasso Linocuts’ will run until April 29th, and a series of educational talks and activities are planned to take place alongside the display.

The exhibition has been developed in partnership with the British Museum and the Lady Lever Art Gallery, with support from the Dorset Foundation.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming Picasso’s prints to the Cooper Gallery. Being chosen as one of only three venues in the UK to host the exhibition is a huge honour.”

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Notes to editor

Attached images show Sarah Briggs, Exhibitions Officer at Barnsley Council and some of the artwork which will be on display – Jacqueline Reading and Still Life Under The Lamp. Please credit artwork images to Gareth Jones.

Sarah is available for interview. Please contact Devinia Skirrow on 01226 787 944 or at

The Cooper Gallery is a creative art-space in the centre of Barnsley, with a regular programme of contemporary touring exhibitions and events. It is part of the Barnsley Museums portfolio, owned and operated by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. The other museums are Cannon Hall, Worsbrough Mill, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley.

For more information on the Cooper Gallery or Barnsley Museums, contact Devinia Skirrow on 01226 787 944 or at 

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