The Cooper Prize 2021 art competition winners announced

SOUTH Yorkshire artists have been celebrated with a virtual awards ceremony to announce the first winners of The Cooper Prize.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 4:08 pm
Cooper Prize  Winner - Poseidon by Kieran Ingram
Cooper Prize Winner - Poseidon by Kieran Ingram

Formerly known as South Yorkshire Open Art Competition, it has been renamed and is now run via Barnsley’s own Cooper Gallery.

The competition - which attracted more than 380 entries - celebrates artists of all ages who were born, live or work in the county.

Visitors will be able to view the artwork in person when the gallery reopens its doors, following Governments guidelines, on Monday, May 17.

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Prizes included £1,000 in cash, sponsored by the Cooper Trustees, a solo exhibition, inclusion in the Cooper Prize exhibition, space in the recently refurbished Cooper Cottage artist studios and vouchers to spend on artists materials.

Winners of various categories were::

Cooper Prize Winner - Poseidon by Kieran Ingram

Highly Commended - Simply Savoy by Rachel Lewis

Commended – Badger by Matt Butt

Sadler Award Winner - My Grandad by Georgina Oldknow

Highly Commended – Lonely in a Crowd by Jack Green

Sadler Award and Barnsley College Special Award Winner - My Grandad by Georgina Oldknow

Commended – Barnabas by Jessica Brown

Fox Gift Winner - Moonlight by Charlie Wilding

Highly Commended – Girl in Glasses by Sophie Grace Roberts

Commended – The Characters by Harry Palmer

Fox Gift Winner - Moonlight by Charlie Wilding

Barnsley College Special Award - My Grandad by Georgina Oldknow

The Gallery worked collaboratively with Barnsley College throughout the process to engage with young people across the borough and beyond.

This will be highlighted in the exhibition which will showcase new, emerging, local talent and hopefully be a springboard for future success. There have also been entries from Barnsley Academy students who have taken part in the competition for the first time and used their time in lockdown to create artwork.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “We are absolutely delighted by the volume and quality of entries to the competition and it has made it an extremely difficult job for the judges in shortlisting winners.

"The Cooper Gallery has always been a supporter of local artists and we are pleased we are able to put a spotlight on South Yorkshire talent in this way. Although restrictions mean the Gallery will be closed until Monday, May 17, people can still experience the exhibition digitally from the comfort of their home and visit in person when it is safe to do so.”