WATCH LIVE: Pushing paper art exhibition virtual tour and curator Q&A

Pushing paper at Cooper Gallery in BarnsleyPushing paper at Cooper Gallery in Barnsley
Pushing paper at Cooper Gallery in Barnsley
A British Museum touring exhibition featuring some of the world’s top artists is reaching the end of its run in South Yorkshire – but you can take a virtual tour and join the curator for a live stream!

Drawings by Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Grayson Perry, Anish Kapoor, Bridget Riley and more than 50 other leading names feature in Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now.

There’s still time to visit in person – the free exhibition is at Barnsley’s Cooper Gallery until Saturday, February 5, 2022 – for full details visit

But an amazing 360° virtual tour has been created mapping the exhibition for visitors to take a virtual stroll around and curator Alison Cooper will give a free guided tour in a liver stream when she chats to Graham Walker on Thursday, January 20, at 7pm.

TAKE THE FREE VIRTUAL TOUR: An incredible 360° virtual tour of the touring exhibition has been created so visitors to take a virtual stroll around CLICK HERE.

Barnsley’s reputation as a growing visitor destination nationally is on the up after the town’s Experience Barnsley attraction was announced as a finalist for the prestigious Art Fund National Museum of the Year Award, the world’s largest museum prize.

It is the British Museum’s first ever collaborative co-curated exhibition, with Barnsley Museums being included as one of four other successful locations for the tour of these artworks across the United Kingdom.

The Cooper Gallery will be the last location in England, before the tour heads to its final destination in Orkney. The exhibition features original drawings and artworks all created using anything that’s not printing – including pen, pencil and paint.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “These are works by the superstars of the art world and we are absolutely delighted to have secured this exhibition, thanks to the British Museum's National Programme. This exhibition is the only time that people will be able to see these drawings in one place so it’s a complete one-off and real coup for Barnsley and Yorkshire.

“If you’re an art aficionado then we think you will love this collection and if you have never set foot in a gallery, then this is the perfect time to change that.

“The fact an exhibition of international calibre is coming to Barnsley shows where we now are on the global stage when it comes to attracting and providing first class tourism experiences for the people of the borough, the county and the country.”

Maria Bojanowska, Head of National Programmes at the British Museum, said: “We are delighted to see these works touring the country in a select number of venues that perfectly complement this unique and engaging collection.

“Some of these pieces have never been seen on public display prior to this tour, which makes it even more compelling. We hope art lovers will appreciate being able to see these works in such intimate settings and that a whole new wave of people will be engaged in the art world.”

The show runs until February 5. To find out more about Pushing paper visit