The Hepworth Wakefield
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The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire’s award-winning art gallery and it’s free. It’s the largest purpose-built gallery outside London and inside you’ll find a unique collection of sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, as well as regularly changing displays of modern, contemporary and historic art. After exploring the gallery, browse in our contemporary shop for a unique gift and treat yourself to some locally-sourced food and drink in our café bar.
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday and school holiday Mondays.
The nationally important art collection previously housed at Wakefield Art Gallery will soon transfer to new, purpose-built gallery The Hepworth Wakefield. The collection features major works by locally-born sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore and many other leading British artists. It also includes the unique Gott collection of over 1,200 artists' views of Yorkshire, which will be shown publicly for the first time.
Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Architecture
Key artists and exhibits
- Barbara Hepworth
- Henry Moore
- James Tissot
- LS Lowry
- Roger Fry
- Duncan Grant
- Ben Nicholson
- Anthony Caro
- Walter Sickert
- Paul Nash
- Jacob Epstein
- Ivon Hitchens
- Graham Sutherland
- David Bomberg
- David Hockney
- John Piper
- Philip Reinagle
- Reclining Figure 1936
- Mother and Child 1934
- On the Thames 1849
- British modernism
- British art
The Hepworth Family Gift/Hepworth at Work
- 1 November 2013 — 1 November 2018 *on now
The Hepworth Family Gift consists of 44 full size, rarely seen working models - surviving prototypes in plaster and aluminium made in preparation for the works in bronze Hepworth executed from the mid-1950s to the end of her career. It also includes drawings and a large group of lithographs and screen prints by Barbara Hepworth, and has been given to The Hepworth Wakefield, via the Art Fund, by the artist’s daughters Rachel Kidd and Sarah Bowness, through the Trustees of the Barbara Hepworth Estate.
The Hepworth at Work display explores Hepworth’s studio environment, her work in plaster, her collaborative relationships with bronze foundries and the monumental commissions she received in the last fifteen years of her life. The tools and materials on display were Hepworth’s own and have been drawn from her second studio in St Ives, the Palais de Danse. Also featured is a step-by-step reconstruction of the bronze-casting process, photographs of works in progress and four specially commissioned films containing archival footage of the artist in her studio.
Stanley Spencer: Of Angels and Dirt
- 24 June — 5 October 2016 *on now
From 24 June until 5 October, The Hepworth Wakefield will present Stanley Spencer: Of Angels and Dirt – the first UK major survey exhibition in 15 years of work by one of Britain’s best loved painters.
Presented during the 125th anniversary of Spencer’s birth, the exhibition brings together more than 70 significant works spanning the artist’s entire 45 year-career. It will include a number of Spencer’s rarely-seen self-portraits and important works from private collections that will be publicly exhibited for the first time in decades.
Highlights on display will be the monumental paintings from the Shipbuilding on the Clyde series, created by during World War II, on loan from the Imperial War Museum, and the ‘Empire Marketing Board’ 1929 series, with four of the five paintings to be reunited for the first time in 36 years in Wakefield. Now owned by several private collectors, the exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to see the majority of this impressive pentaptych (four of five paintings), on the theme of ‘Peace and Industry’.
The exhibition explores the seemingly conflicting themes that Spencer fused together in his richly detailed paintings, of religion and sexuality, work and leisure, nature and industry, highlighting Spencer’s distinctive view of everyday life. As Spencer himself put it, ‘I am on the side of the angels and dirt’.
Stanley Spencer fans and collectors include the late David Bowie, who narrated the BBC Omnibus Special about the painter in 2001. Spencer was among Bowie’s favourite British artists. Adam Ant (born Stuart Goddard) spent summer holidays in Cookham and grew up being inspired by the painter, who he calls his "favourite artist of all time"; Andrew Lloyd Webber, who owns several works by Spencer and considers both Stanley Spencer and Francis Bacon as two of the greatest British painters of the twentieth century as well as British sculptor Anthony Gormley, broadcaster Jon Snow and art historian James Fox, who recently became President of the Friends of Stanley Spencer Gallery.
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