Barnsley art gallery turns collection into online jigsaw

The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley has turned its collection into jigsaws for people to piece together online, with a daily challenge put to their followers on Facebook.

People from all over the globe have logged on to solve them in the quickest time, with people as far away as Brazil joining in the lockdown fun.

Councillor Tim Cheetham said: “In these unusual and difficult times Barnsley Museums want to bring joy and excitement direct to people’s homes. These free online, digital jigsaws will not only raise a smile but also highlight the magnificent collection which The Cooper Gallery is proud to display.”

‘The Bridge of the Apostles, Venice’ by Alberto Pasini. Today’s jigsaw challenge.

The Cooper Gallery is home some 400 works dated from the 17th to 20th Century and includes paintings by artist JMW Turner.  The best times for each puzzle – posted daily – are then displayed on a leader board.

Plans are now in place to host an online competition next month with contestants asked to solve a series of jigsaws in the fastest time.

If you find that you like solving the puzzles posted by the Cooper Gallery, you can find similar puzzles at im-a-puzzle, where you can solve thousands of them and create your own. For example, if you’d like to do a puzzle of a Picasso, all you have to do is upload a digital version of it. 

Head over to for today’s challenge.

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