Artist Talent Celebrated At The Cooper Prize Awards

16th November 2023

South Yorkshire artists have been celebrated at a special awards ceremony to announce this year’s winners of The Cooper Prize. The competition, which attracted more than 420 entries, celebrates artists of all ages who were born, live or work in the county.

Prizes included £1,000 in cash, a solo exhibition and inclusion in the Cooper Prize exhibition.

The prize winners were announced at a celebration event on 28th October. 

Cooper Prize

Winner – Sam Sherborne, Staying Alive, Blacksmith made forged steel

 Highly Commended – Lucy Dewsnap, Proletariat, Oil on Canvas

 Commended – Paul Towey, You Had Sex Here, But Not With Me, Painted wood

Sadler Award 

Winner – Katy Shaw, Goodbye Cataract, Pencil  

Highly Commended – Christopher Byard, Pocket Full of Bottles, Ceramic pottery 

Commended – Richard Cockrell, Sleeping Beauty, Oil paint

Barnsley College Special Award for Originality and Skills  

Isabel Edwards, Erosion I, Ceramics and Metalwork

Fox Gift 

Winner – Charlotte Torrington, Timeless, Pencil 

Highly Commended – Siân Smith, Deep In My Thoughts, Graphite pencil, watercolour pencil and white pen 

Commended –Chloe-Anne England, The Cycle of Art, Spray paint & Acrylic paint

Visitors can view the winners and other entries in person at the accompanying exhibition in the Gallery until 6th April 2024. You can also see all the entries online at The Cooper Prize 2023 | Flickr

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite artwork in the People’s Choice award, which is sponsored by Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust. For more information about the Cooper Prize visit

Artist Talent Celebrated At The Cooper Prize Awards