THE Cooper Gallery reopened over the weekend and unveiled a new exhibition which includes LEGO braille bricks to help visually impaired visitors.

 

'Allegories of the Senses' is a collaborative project which includes from the Arts Council collection, with pieces aiming to stimulate the five senses.

 

Rarely seen works by local artists, including Malcolm Whittaker and John Kenneth Long, sit alongside other works from famous artists and a three-metre-high textile piece by Caroline Achaintre - on loan from the Arts Collection Council - creating a brand new show-stopper. 

 

LEGO have also supported the new exhibition by supplying a brand new concept, braille bricks, to help interpret the art to visitors who may be visually impaired.

 

Each brick in the tool kit retains its form, but unlike a regular LEGO brick the studs are arranged to correspond to number and letters in the braille alphabet. 

 

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for place, said: “The Cooper Gallery is delighted to be opening its doors once again so visitors can enjoy its outstanding collections and take time to relax and reflect in their spaces. 

 

“What a way to open with such a fantastic exhibition which has been years in the making. 

 

“Working collaboratively with partners Arts Council Collection and Action for Autism and Asperger’s Barnsley will be a real delight for the senses which is the theme of all the artwork included. 

 

“The team at Cooper Gallery have worked hard to make sure it is not only an enjoyable experience but also a safe one for those visiting. 

 

“They look forward to welcoming visitors back old and new for another exciting exhibition.”

 

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