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The Civic commissions artists to create thought-provoking art displays about the future of Barnsley

In partnership with Barnsley Civic, ‘This Is Tomorrow’ is a project led by Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward (Nelson + Woodward).


A series of exciting new artworks will be created and showcased as part of Barnsley Bright Nights on Thursday 24 November. The artwork will form a rally that travels through the town centre, featuring roaming billboards, illuminated placards, and calls to action. Artwork prints will be given out to the audience on the rally route.


Commissioned artists: Sarah and Edwin Li, Fraser Briggs, and The Merrie Collective will work with local Barnsley groups including, Barnsley SEND Youth Forum, Creative Recovery, and Barnsley College Fine Art students to produce the artworks.


The project aims to support members of the group to explore their ideas, hopes, and visions for Barnsley's future. The artists and participants will create works that pitch a declaration to Barnsley, thoughts for their future, and thoughts for the future of Barnsley.


It demonstrates the importance of everyone feeling empowered to stand up and speak for change and celebrates the value of sharing thoughts and perspectives during a moment in history when the public’s right to protest is being inhibited.


Artists working on the project have created downloadable worksheets to encourage people to get involved and share their thoughts for the future and thoughts for Barnsley’s future.

The project is running alongside the print and poster exhibition ‘Warning Graphic Content’ by the conceptual, video, and installation artist - Jeremy Deller, on display in The Gallery at Barnsley Civic from 21 October - 14 January 2023.


The exhibition is a showcase of all his print and poster works from 1993 - 2021 and will provide the backdrop and inspiration for ‘This is Tomorrow’.


Visit to find out more and share your thoughts online using #ThisIsTomorrow


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