Goldthorpe Library becomes new home to a community mosaic

Barnsley Council’s Goldthorpe Library is pleased to announce that they will be permanently displaying a handmade mosaic created by the local community which will be unveiled at a celebratory community event.

The impressive artwork was created in the summer of 2019 and first shown at the Dearne Community Arts’ Festival in September. The project involved 252 residents and 15 community groups, including Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe Libraries alongside other local primary schools and partners.

The team worked alongside artist Ruth Waterworth to help bring the creation to life through inspiration and celebration of community within the local area, to capture the heart of Barnsley and what it means to live in the borough.

To honour the hard work and creativity that has been put into this piece of work, special guest Ian McMillan will be officially unveiling the mosaic. Residents are encouraged to join the celebration on Wednesday 15 January at 11 am on the first floor of Goldthorpe Library. 

Cllr Jenny Platts, spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “It’s wonderful to see that the community mosaic will be housed in one of our Barnsley Libraries. All the hard work and determination of the fantastic volunteers will be on display for our library users to enjoy.

“I would encourage residents to join the celebrations and visit their local libraries to find out about other exciting events taking place throughout the year.”

Ruth Waterworth, artist, WEA tutor and designer of the mosaic, said: "I was so thrilled to hear that Goldthorpe Library would provide the 'Dearne Community Arts' Festival' mosaic with a permanent home.

”Seeing it hung in such a prominent position will enable all those involved in this amazing artwork to feel proud about their achievements and to recognise the creativity and community spirit which is 'alive and kicking' in the Dearne."

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

This theme sets out to work together and do our best for our local communities, making our borough a cleaner, safer, more vibrant and welcoming place.

#OwnIt and help local communities and Barnsley to thrive by:

  • Getting involved in your community or an area that interests you
  • Visiting your museums, events and exhibitions
  • Share what’s great about Barnsley

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