On the ground floor of Caddies Wainwright Mill, a 19th century former textiles powerhouse on the River Calder, the 600 square metre space has been turned into a new contemporary art arena adjacent to The Hepworth Wakefield.
The idea coincides with the second birthday of the hugely popular gallery. Organisers have announced that more than 850,000 visitors have passed through the doors since 2011 – more than five times the original number they hoped to attract to the hills of West Yorkshire.
© Gabriel Szabo / Guezlian, courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield
“We’re delighted with the wonderful opportunity to create an inspirational new space in a historic building that will complement and enhance what we currently offer as the wider site develops here,” says Director Simon Wallis, introducing an inaugural exhibition at the mill by Roger Hiorns, the 2009 Turner Prize nominee. Hiorns will exhibit the entire body of his Youth series.
“This new development enhances the regeneration of the waterfront by animating these exceptional historic mill buildings.
"It will further energise our inspiring location through a programme of renowned artists, performances, events and learning activities.
“The exhibitions and event programme will provide unique opportunities for creative collaborations and to engage with an ever-widening audience.”
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where Hiorns’ Untitled (Seizure) will appear this summer, and the Arts Council Collection are also partnering the initiative, strengthening Yorkshire’s standing as a centre for sculpture and contemporary art.
Councillor Peter Box, the Leader of Wakefield Council, says the space represents “an exciting new chapter” for the gallery, predicting it will give “even more reasons” for visitors to see “world-class sculpture venues” across the county.