Public Art

There is art and culture around every corner in Barnsley…

Everything from sculptures and soundscapes to memorials and murals, as a town we want to showcase interesting and exciting work that reflects the uniqueness and rich heritage of our beautiful borough.

Representing landscapes, industry, famous faces and iconic moments, public art is abundant on our streets and in our villages making it a very special place to explore.

Free to all and with a fascinating story to tell public art makes the history of the Barnsley come to life.

Crossing vertical by Nigel Hall, 2013


Crossing (Vertical) by Nigel Hall was donated to Barnsley by Yorkshire Sculpture Park and celebrated the opening of the towns social history museums, Experience Barnsley. It illustrates certain shapes that Hall employs regularly. Lines, whether horizontal, vertical or diagonal, and ellipses are devices he uses in combination to articulate his understanding of space.

Light Lines – Churchfield, 2016

Light Lines – Churchfield, 2016

Commissioned in 2016 by Barnsley Council to remember the many brave soldiers from Barnsley who fell in the Battle of the Somme.

Artists musson+retallick installed the memorial which features the faces of some of the barnsley pals who died so bravely fighting for freedom.

Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, 2009

Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, 2009

This life-size bronze statue is a wonderful tribute to a beloved cricket umpire. The statue, which was built by
Graham Ibbeson, shows him standing in a familiar pose: one arm outstretched and pointing his index finger,
indicating that a batsman is out.

Find out more about the work of Graham Ibbeson here www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3cChmlLHDk&t=148s

Kes (Billy Casper), from the novel ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ by Barry Hines, 2019

Kes (Billy Casper), from the novel ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ by Barry Hines, 2019

A statue based on the main character from 1960s classic Kes can be found in heart of the author’s home town. The bronze statue by sculpture Graham Ibbeson was intended to be seen amongst the community and is very much part of that community.

 

Discover more about the work of Graham Ibbeson here www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3cChmlLHDk&t=148s

Reverence – Covid Memorial, 2021

Reverence – Covid Memorial, 2021

The bronze sculpture commemorates those who died during the pandemic and pays tribute to key workers and volunteers. Reverence depicts ordinary working people and has been cast in bronze by sculptor Graham Ibbeson in collaboration with Lockbund Foundry. Barnsley poet Ian McMillan has provided the artwork’s emotive words ‘Barnsley’s fierce love holds you forever in its heart’.