The Hepworth Wakefield

  • 18 May 2011

Yorkshire is set to become a world-class centre for sculpture with the opening of the £35 million Hepworth Wakefield this weekend exhibiting works received via the Art Fund...

Yorkshire is set to become a world-class centre for sculpture with the opening of the £35 million Hepworth Wakefield this weekend exhibiting works received via the Art Fund...

Named after Barbara Hepworth, one of Britain’s most talented and influential artists, the gallery will create a permanent legacy for the sculptor in her home city. With over forty works donated by her family through The Art Fund, the complex will provide a unique insight into Barbara Hepworth’s working methods and creativity.

The Art Fund facilitated The Hepworth Family Gift, a special scheme comprising of a unique collection of prototypes and models in plaster, aluminium and wood. The majority are original plasters on which Hepworth worked with her own hands and tools and materials from her studio will also go on display.

Dr Sophie Bowness, granddaughter of Barbara Hepworth, said: “We are very pleased to be making this gift through the Art Fund, to secure its future and ensure that it will be accessible to the public in perpetuity. It will greatly enhance our understanding of her working methods.”

The installation will include the full-size prototype made by Hepworth of perhaps one of her best- known sculptures, Winged Figure, commissioned for the John Lewis Partnership building in Oxford Street London and installed in 1963. A must for Hepworth fans…

However, it’s not only the exhibits which are impressive. Designed by internationally acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, The Hepworth Wakefield is a stunning example of a modern gallery complex. Positioned in the historic waterfront area of Wakefield on the banks of the River Calder, the site spreads over 5,000 square metres, holding 10 light-filled galleries and learning studios.

Although, the opening displays will concentrate on Barbara Hepworth, placing her work in a local, national and international context, the gallery will also launch an ambitious programme of exhibitions with a new body of work by Eva Rothschild.


Find out more about the exhibition here.

Book tickets for a Private View on the evening of July 9th


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