New art gallery opens in Barnsley

17 February 2011

 A new gallery has opened in Barnsley which should act as a catalyst for more creativity in the town.
The d-space gallery, which is in the Digital Media Centre, on County Way, will feature emerging and established artists, designers and makers.
It will be officially opened on February 23 by Corin Mellor, who runs David Mellor, the renowned cutlery designer and manufacturer, which has its headquarters at Hathersage in Derbyshire.

d-space is a collaboration between the Digital Media Centre and Culture North, a non-profit making organisation which creates cultural projects in Barnsley and across the north.

Culture North’s creative director Patrick Murphy said he was delighted that Corin, the son of David Mellor, was going to carry out the official opening.
“To get the seal of approval from Corin is a fantastic start for the gallery. And in the future the gallery will showcase digital innovation by local, regional and international artist, designers and makers.
“It will act as a catalyst for the creative sector in Barnsley encouraging dialogue around the role of creativity and innovation in business. It will provide a platform for new ideas, collaboration, knowledge transfer and networking.”
Already a programme of events has been lined up for 2011, culminating with the Northern Futures showcase in November and December, which celebrates creative talent in the north.

The first exhibition is by York-based designer John Green, who designs furniture and lifestyle products for manufacture. The exhibition shows the process from initial creative idea through to prototype and the partnership with a manufacturer.
Patrick said: “John’s exhibition highlights the possibilities open to young creative businesses and should act as an example to young creative talent in Barnsley by illustrating what can be achieved. His products have won awards and have won manufacturing support enabling John to sell his work to an international market.”

The next exhibition, commencing on March 21, will be MADEBARNSLEY, an initiative to promote the best contemporary creative talent in the town.
Patrick said: “Barnsley is a creative town and the MADEBARNSLEY exhibition will showcase some of its best emerging talents.”

Martin Beasley, of Enterprising Barnsley, which has given business coaching support to Culture North, said: “Creative industries are a vital part of the regeneration of the area and we need to support their growth.

“We have to remember that these industries are just that – industries, as well as art, and they can bring jobs to the town as well as inspire people.”

Enterprising Barnsley has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.
Mel Kanarek, Project and Incubation Director at the Digital Media Centre, said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting an exhibition of John Green’s work, especially as he will then be going on to exhibit in London and New York. We hope that people will visit d-space regularly to explore the exhibitions and experience the interaction between creativity, technology and business.”

The Digital Media Centre offers office and meeting space for creative, media and digital businesses. It was built as part of the Remaking Barnsley programme.


Reporters and photographers are invited to the official opening from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesday, February 23 at the Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley.

For more information contact Patrick Murphy on 07958 367808 or at or visit for programme details.
Enterprising Barnsley is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre and University Campus Barnsley. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide an integrated programme of business support. For further details visit or contact Martin on 01226 772648 or at
Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07910 165 444 or at

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