Sunday, February 21, 2010

Networking Events announced

Phew! Finally some good news on the networking front... we are delighted to be hosting a series of events across 2010 covering a whole range of creative sector topics. The launch event is on March 4th at 6.30pm at the Digital Media Centre Barnsley. The evening will be a fun and relaxed intro to the network, with presentations from a range of creative gurus and hopefully YOU! Yes, that's right ... we are inviting submissions for presentations. The format must be 20 slides and you can only show each slide for 20 seconds so we're keeping it short and snappy! Submit your presentation to by Friday 26th February and the selected presenters will be notified on Saturday February 27th.

Register now at

We will also be using the series of events to try and get more information about the local creative sector. This will allow us to map who does what, and work out what's really going on out there. No mean feat!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Getting things refreshed!

Well it's probably quite obvious that things are a tad out of date on the CB website currently. We are building a new site that will allow us to be more on the ball and keep content new and fresh ... and useful!

In the meantime follow us on Twitter @cr8tvebarnsley for the most up to date musings.

More coming soon!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

HIVE and more...

It's the last weekend of our Thresholds show by London based artist Ruth Solomons, and The Sprawl by Barnsley based artist John Ledger. Both these shows have proved tremendously popular and the sunny weather is the perfect time to visit HIVE Gallery where it's always chilled (in more ways that one...).

John Ledger's show offers the artists inner thought processes on the socio-economic struggles of life. His large scale biro drawings are intricate and engaging and his social commentary is a fresh and clear voice.

Ruth Solomon's stunning large scale paintings and drawings explore the outer limits of colour, line and shape; at once abstract but also strangely familiar. Her work evokes light and its reflection and refraction and is not to be missed.

The Gallery is open 12-4pm Sunday May 31s and is then closed until Saturday June 6th when we open our next exhibition, Art in Motion, which is a showcase of the 1930s work of filmmaking genius Len Lye and a selection of contemporary filmmakers including Airside, Mario Cavalli and Universal Everything.

Friday, April 03, 2009

HIVE Gallery update

It's been a while since we last blogged...

In the meantime we have had two successful shows at HIVE in 2009 by Richard Bartle and Greg Cox, and delivered an innovative programme for young musicians called B:Come which offered a chance for the musicians to work with the incredibly talented Ensemble 360, and perform their own composition to open an Ensemble 360 concert.

HIVE Gallery is closed until April 18th to give us a couple of weeks to give the place a spring clean and touch up all those things you notice when you are sat in the gallery on a chilly January day. The adjacent CB HIVE studios remain open (subject to the residents artists being available) and The Clare White Gallery is also open on site at Elsecar Heritage Centre if you need your fix of art.

We will re-open on April 18th followed by a private view event on April 23rd at 7pm with a show of abstract canvasses by London based artist Ruth Solomons entitled 'Thresholds'. Ruth's work explores colour, shape and movement evoking reflections and water across a range of canvas sizes. Her work is available to purchase and is highly collectable.

Don't miss Revolutions: from gatefold to download, the art of the album cover at the newly reopened 'THE CIVIC' in Barnsley town centre. This exhibition explores over 80 years of album cover design and includes over 120 original covers and innovative packaging approaches including the first album cover, Alice Cooper's 'Schools Out' desk and a history of album art condensed onto an iPod. The Civic also has an exciting range of music, drama and family performances running across the Spring forming the backbone of the Springboard cultural programme. Visit the new Barnsley Live website to see what's on.

Also launched recently is the programme for a new performance of the English Mystery Plays at Monk Bretton Priory. Mystery plays are an integral part of England's literary, dramatic and social history and this amazing performance brings the format back to life. The Plays are to be performed outdoors at the Priory and boast a cast that includes highly acclaimed stage and screen actor Patrick Stewart, and Yorkshire comedian and actor Toby Foster. Visit for more information and how to book.

See you soon!

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Last chance to see Peter Blake and the YBAs at HIVE

HIVE Gallery's Peter Blake print exhibition 'Alphabet' ends this weekend after five weeks in Barnsley. Currently showing alongside Peter Blake are three Young Barnsley Artists: Richard Kitson, John Ledger and Bradley Sharp. Both shows are proving a hit with visitors from Barnsley and beyond. Don't miss out on seeing these two fantastic shows.

HIVE Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday 12-4pm and by appointment. HIVE will be closed for exhibition changeover from Monday 24th-Friday 28th November, reopening on Saturday 29th November with a weekend of festive fun to mark the start of our first Christmas selling show 'PRESENT'. There is a preview of the show on Friday 28th November at 7pm where there will be a 10% discount on all work. There will be a wide range of work for sale by local and national artists. Visit for more information.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

New show at HIVE Gallery - JET SET TRASH

Open from today, HIVE Gallery's latest show 'JET SET TRASH' by north west based artist Vincent James brings the world of cartoons to 3 dimensional life. The centrepiece of the show is 'Battlepipes', exploding bagpipes suspended from the ceiling of the gallery and bringing the space to life.

For the first time, HIVE also has a video piece by the artist installed in our audio video room which adds a further dimension to this fantastic show. 

Image: Battlepipes by Vincent James

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Exploding Bagpipes Hit HIVE Gallery

Starting from Saturday August 2nd HIVE Gallery, Creative Barnsley's new contemporary art space at Elsecar Heritage Centre, will host Vincent James' exciting exhibition 'Jet Set Trash'. The show includes a brand new work by the artist 'Battlepipes' which will be unveiled at the preview night on Friday August 1st 7pm. Please come along and enjoy a drink and preview of the show.

Vincent James makes sculptures, collages and animations based on objects appropriated from cartoons. In these works props from different cartoon worlds collide creating absurd and surreal interactions.

Objects originally only glimpsed in a few frames of a cartoon, become frozen in time, locked in three-dimensional space or trapped in endless loops of animation. James’ work is populated by forms that previously existed as background items or props in the narrative and are now free to star in new plots and scenarios.

In the Bad Kids catalogue, curator Dave Hancock writes, 'The Wyle E Vincent James plunders the stores of the Acme Company as he enlivens a series of cunning contraptions. Dislocating these objects from their original context, he constructs an almost surrealist world that explodes into new scenarios, leaving us to ponder a pluming vapour trail.' In this exhibition Vincent James will be showing Battlepipes a new large-scale sculpture in which a flying set of bagpipes spit out smoke and flames.

Jet Set Trash, 2008 (digital print, dimensions variable)