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Yorkshire Photographic Union - 125th Anniversary Exhibition

The 2024 Annual Yorkshire Photographic Union (YPU) Exhibition will be hosted by Barnsley Civic in partnership with the Barnsley Photographic Society.

The exhibition will feature around 200 mounted prints and over 250 digital images. 

The works have been chosen by teams  of independent selectors, from over 4000 entries.

Alongside the YPU Annual Exhibition, Barnsley Civic will also be hosting an exhibition showcasing work from members of the Barnsley Photographic Society.

The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Saturday between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Yorkshire Photographic Union’s 125th Anniversary Exhibition will be open until 22 June 2024.

Explore the vibrant world of Georgia O'Keeffe and Ailish Treanor.

Discover a journey through creativity and vision at Barnsley Civic‘s latest exhibition featuring the works of Barnsley-based artist Ailish Treanor and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Running from 15 September to 18 January 2025, this remarkable showcase celebrates the unique perspectives of two artists.

Georgia O’Keeffe‘s iconic representations of nature and landscapes offer a contemplative exploration of beauty and simplicity. Her mastery of form and detail invites visitors to delve into the essence of her subjects, from delicate flowers to sweeping desert vistas.

In juxtaposition, Ailish, known for her dynamic abstract compositions, invites viewers into a world of vibrant energy and emotion. Inspired by Barnsley’s local landscape and the recent revitalisation of Eldon Street, Ailish bridges Barnsley’s architectural past with contemporary artistry.

This exhibition not only highlights the distinct styles of these two artists but also celebrates their shared commitment to pushing artistic boundaries as women and inspiring viewers. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or simply curious about exploring new perspectives, join us at Barnsley Civic to experience the richness and diversity of Ailish Treanor’s and Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistry.

Plan your visit today to immerse yourself in this extraordinary exhibition that promises to ignite your imagination and leave a lasting impression.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Memories of Drawings


Explore a remarkable collection of work by the pioneering American artist Georgia O’Keeffe at Barnsley Civic. This exhibition features 21 photogravures of drawings created by O’Keeffe between 1915-1963.

Renowned for her distinctive blend of abstraction and figuration, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) remains one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. Her iconic depictions of organic forms such as flowers and bones, surreal abstractions, rural landscapes, and urban cityscapes broke new ground for women artists, capturing the essence of her environment with unparalleled clarity.

Although primarily known as a painter, drawing played a pivotal role in O’Keeffe’s artistic expression. She used drawing as a language to convey pivotal moments and emotions, from the delicate curve of a flower petal to the vastness of a desert horizon or the intricate details of natural forms.

This exhibition showcases O’Keeffe’s distinctive style and explores the key themes and motifs in her practice. It includes nine prints of her earliest charcoal abstracts, as well as works originally executed in pencil and watercolour. These pieces capture a range of subjects, from intimate moments shared with her sister to surreal still lifes featuring seashells, banana flowers, and animal horns.

Accompanying the drawings are excerpts from O’Keeffe’s own commentary, offering insight into her artistic process and the inspirations behind her work.

This exhibition invites you to delve into the world of Georgia O’Keeffe, where each drawing tells a story of vision, emotion, and artistic innovation.

Explore Ailish Treanor’s dynamic art at Barnsley Civic

Join us as we proudly host an exhibition by local artist Ailish Treanor, opening on September 14, 2024, coinciding with the grand reopening of our Eldon Street entrance.

Ailish Treanor, celebrated for her innovative sculptures, paintings, and installations, will unveil a new collection developed during her residency at Barnsley Civic. Known for projects like “Tableau Retro” at 87 Gallery in Hull and the “Kissing Gate” sculpture for Barnsley Council’s Love Barnsley Festival, Ailish has been exploring new techniques, including Trompe-l’oeil, to create captivating visual illusions.

Inspired by Barnsley’s local landscape and the recent revitalisation of Eldon Street, Ailish integrates elements from restored marble shop facades into her work, bridging Barnsley’s architectural past with contemporary artistry.

Visitors can expect to be immersed in a transformative environment where sculptures and installations redefine space and perception.

The exhibition looks at how we experience art as part of a lineage, rather than singular artistic ideas coming from one artist or ego. The work will explore a collectivist, non-hierarchical approach to art making, where many methods, materials and styles exist together, drawing on elements from different art historical periods and oscillating between fine art and design.

A day in the life of Georgia O’Keeffe – Sat 21 September 10am – 1pm

Live a day in Georgia O’Keeffe’s life in the New Mexico desert, here in Barnsley! Get to know more about the beloved artist by taking part in the artistic activities that were part of her daily routine. Materials provided. All skill levels welcome.


Book online. £13.50

Artist and curator exhibition tour- Sat 12 Oct, 2pm -3pm

Join curator Elizabeth Dickinson and artist Ailish Treanor in the Gallery for a tour of the exhibitions.

Free, Book online. Donation ticket.

Sip and Sketch- Thurs 24th Oct, 7-9pm

Join us in the Gallery for a relaxed Thursday evening of drinks and drawing, inspired by the exhibitions. Ticket includes a drink on arrival and use of drawing materials. All skill levels welcome.

18+ Book online. £13.50 



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Perfect Imperfects

20 May – 17 July

Location: Gallery 

We are excited to welcome one of the UK’s rising stars and coolest new talents – award-winning artist Jasper Pedyo, for a major exhibition in his adopted hometown.

This young Zimbabwean artist whose family fled to Britain after political persecution put their lives at risk, has already won the prestigious 2018 Free Range exhibition prize in London for his striking mixed media paintings which feature a bold use of binary colours on stretched and shaped canvases.

Jasper graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2018 with a BA Hons. in Fine Art. He was the overall winner at the Free-range graduate show at the Truman Brewery selected by a panel of industry experts. He was also the critic’s choice graduate for the Financial Times.

Jasper’s paintings are highly influenced by the philosophy of Alexander Baumgarten, who coined the term ‘aesthetics’ in 1735. Aestheticism, to Jasper, is very important. Whilst combining influences from Pop Art and minimalism they “intend to provide viewer with an environment of visual bliss; the work’s purpose is to be experienced solely with an instinctive and physical response to its structure, colour, and surrounding space.”

Jasper has visited the gallery from a very young age and it’s great to see how his practice has developed over those years. We feel that Jasper has one of the most outstanding bodies of work that we have encountered and are thrilled it has been produced by an artist working only a few miles from the gallery door.

This young artist’s entire body of work is to be exhibited, alongside newly created works.

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