Sport-themed show kicks off art gallery’s Olympic year

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CURATORS at Barnsley’s Cooper Gallery were yesterday hanging paintings in a new exhibition that is set to open its doors to the public tomorrow.

Four locally-based art societies have produced work along the theme of sport and movement for the Creative Connections exhibition at the art gallery in Church Street.

The display will feature work from Art Buddies, Barnsley Photographic Society, Icon Art Group and Pennine Artists.

A spokesman for Barnsley Council said: “The exhibition showcases the variety of art that happens every day in households around the Barnsley borough and the groups that meet to share their ideas and creativity.

“The groups involved come from all corners of the borough and they are largely made up of amateur artists and photographers who have joined for all kinds of reasons.

“Some want to develop and push their own skills, for others it is the exchange of ideas and techniques that inspires them.

“These creative threads and connections are brought together through this exhibition.

“It is hoped that they inspire people to get creative, or maybe join or start a new group themselves.”

Creative Connections will run at the Cooper Gallery from tomorrow until Saturday, March 17.