Spotlight on... Hepworth Wakefield

  • 22 February 2012

The Hepworth Wakefield has capped an incredible first nine months with a place on the Art Fund Prize 2012 longlist. We caught up with the museum to find out what gets it up in the morning.

Exterior of the Hepworth Wakefield

Exterior of the Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield has capped an incredible first nine months with a place on the Art Fund Prize 2012 longlist. We caught up with the museum to find out what gets it up in the morning…

Age: Nine months.

Describe yourself in three words: inspiring, ambitious, welcoming.

What is your most treasured possession? The Hepworth Family Gift, a collection of Barbara Hepworth's working models, works by her artist friends, plus archives, photographs and tools from her studio.

Your most famous visitor is? It's difficult to choose! A few famous faces we know about are Antony Gormley, The Cribs, Janet Street-Porter… and David Chipperfield (of course)!

Best café creation / shop success… Masterpiece and Sculptor’s Bronze, our bespoke ales created with the Ossett Brewery Company using tasting notes favoured by our director, Simon Wallis.

Any museum pets? Patrick the heron, a resident of the River Calder which surrounds the gallery. Occasionally Patrick has another heron join him, but we’re not sure if it’s his partner or not…

One thing that could make you better is… our nearest station, Kirkgate, which hasbeen neglected for a number of years and is unstaffed. We're delighted to be working with Wakefield Council and Groundwork UK to redevelop and staff the station, which shouldbe hugely beneficial for us and the whole district.

You have a museum crush on… the Neues Museum, followed closely by Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

What do you most dislike about your appearance? Nothing. We’re very grateful for what David Chipperfield and his team have given us!

You’re most happy when… the gallery is busy and full of visitors of all ages. It’s wonderful to see and hear our visitors enjoying the gallery displays, collections, learning activities, the café bar and the riverside play area.

Tell the judges why Hepworth Wakefield should win the Art Fund Prize 2012.

See the rest of the Art Fund Prize 2012 longlist.

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