Barnsley Museums’ twelve-month residency at The Glass Works comes to an end on Jauary, 6 2023 , with the project being hailed as a huge hit with residents and visitors.
The project has been successful in redefining high street’s future and has being extremely popular, attracting over thirty thousand people from around the region.
Exclusive exhibitions by artist such as Graham Ibbeson, who showcased his iconic sculptures for the first time in the display ‘Casting Characters’, attracted new and diverse audiences and the digital space has been an opportunity for young people to experiment and explore new technologies.
The three units have been a unique opportunity to take Culture out of traditional settings and bring it into the heart of Barnsley’s Town Centre. The temporary pop-up spaces have highlighted the importance of cultural experiences in making a vibrant and bustling town centre as well as having positive impacts on wellbeing.
As the innovative and forward-thinking twelve-month project draws to a close, new retailers will take over the units later in the year.
The last few months of the project has brought exciting displays to the town centre, including Brick by Brick, a 20-21 Visual Arts Centre Touring Exhibition by LEGO®. As part of the exhibition there will be LEGO® masterclasses, family workshops, and trails for people to enjoy.
Barnsley Museums will continue to contribute to the high quality and varied cultural offer of the town centre through their permanent venues Experience Barnsley Museum and the Cooper Gallery, and look forward to new and exciting opportunities to showcase the role of culture across the Borough in the future.
You can find out more about what is happening at Barnsley Museums HERE
The Glass Works continues to thrive and is now 90% let. The recent opening of Cineworld providing a further example of its positive impact on Barnsley’s Town Centre. The demand for space within The Glass Works continues, and Barnsley Council is working with local partners to ensure that they provide an appropriately mixed economy of retail, hospitality and leisure in the town centre in the future.
The largest of the three spaces, Barnsley Museums @ The Glass Works, will provide a dedicated museum that celebrates the borough’s past, present and future – combining everything from its industrial heritage and countryside to its art and sport.
At Barnsley Museums Gallery @ The Glass Works people will discover a multifunctional and flexible space showcasing new exhibitions and pop-up experiences. An exciting programme of displays has already been planned, which features art exhibits, sculptures and Lego displays.
Be immersed in Barnsley’s rich culture, history and landscapes through cutting-edge technology that includes 360 film, virtual reality headsets, 3D printers and more