TWO new exhibitions of a world-famous children’s illustrator’s work will be in situ at a Barnsley gallery next year.

Brian Wildsmith, from Penistone, was acclaimed for his work – and recently a special event was held at the Cooper Gallery to unveil one of his unreleased books.

Wildsmith, who died in 2016, won the Kate Greenaway Medal for British children’s book illustration in 1962.

The Wildsmith family joined the event virtually, and the occasion was marked by a special reading of the book to local school children by storyteller extraordinaire Mama G.

There was two special announcements including the arrival of two Brian Wildsmith-themed exhibitions at Barnsley Museums in 2024.

Coun Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “Brian Wildsmith has made a huge contribution to children’s literature and it’s an honour for Barnsley to host the launch of this exquisite new book.

“It’s wonderful that children from across the borough will hear extracts and hopefully be inspired to discover more.

“The two exhibitions arriving in 2024 will feature beautiful original illustrations and stunning artworks that will light up the Cooper Gallery and Experience Barnsley Museum throughout summer.”