The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 5AW
England

Website

For information about The Hepworth Wakefield, please visit

www.hepworthwakefield.org

E-mail

hello@hepworthwakefield.org

Telephone

The Hepworth Wakefield

01924 247360

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The Hepworth Wakefield, designed by David Chipperfield

The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire's major new art gallery opening in May 2011.

Designed by award-winning architect David Chipperfield, The Hepworth Wakefield will show a previously unseen collection of sculpture by Wakefield-born Barbara Hepworth, along with a nationally important collection of historical and modern art. As the third largest contemporary exhibition space outside London, The Hepworth Wakefield will bring the work of leading UK and international artists to Yorkshire through a changing programme of temporary exhibitions.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday - Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Bank Holiday and school holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm.

Admission charges

FREE

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of Hepworth family gift gallery

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.

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/the-hepworth-family-gift/

Making a Modern Collection

  • 5 July 2014 — 1 July 2015 *on now

This exhibition features some of the most significant works from the Wakefield Collection.

The collection was founded in 1923 and began to develop with the help of Ernest Musgrave, the first director of Wakefield Art Gallery, and his forward-thinking collecting policy. Musgrave’s successors continued to expand the collection, which now has over 5,000 works, with the support of many organisations and individuals.

Featuring work by Barbara Hepworth, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson, this display celebrates the long history of collecting by the former Wakefield Art Gallery, which opened in 1934, up to the present day.

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/making-a-modern-collection/

Installation view, Folkert de Jong ‘The Holy Land’, 2014 at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Conflict and Collisions: New Contemporary Sculpture

  • 14 October 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Three new solo exhibitions and commissions by artists Alexandra Bircken, Folkert de Jong and Toby Ziegler.

This will be the first institutional UK solo show for each artist. Coinciding with this year’s WW1 commemorations, each exhibition considers themes of historical and contemporary combat and of man versus machine, with handmade and hand-finished objects opposing mechanical weaponry, state-of-the art digital technologies and 3D printing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/conflict-and-collisions/

The Gott Collection

The Gott Collection

  • 14 October 2014 — 31 March 2015 *on now

The Gott Collection, bound in ten large volumes, includes 1,200 images comprising watercolours, drawings and prints representing over 200 Yorkshire villages, towns and cities. This topographical collection was assembled
in the 19th century by William Gott (1797 – 1863), a wool merchant and his son John Gott (1830 – 1906), Vicar of Leeds and later Bishop of Truro. It was presented to Wakefield Art Gallery in 1930 by Frank Green, a Yorkshire industrialist and philanthropist. The Gott Collection is an important regional and national resource since many of the buildings, architectural remains and landscapes represented within its pages no longer exist.

photograph of culpture by Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis

  • 6 February — 5 July 2015

The Hepworth Wakefield presents the UK’s first museum survey of work by Greek-American artist and feminist icon Lynda Benglis. This highly anticipated exhibition is the largest presentation of Benglis’ work in the UK, featuring approximately 50 works that span the entirety of her prolific career to date.

Aged 73, Benglis is one of America’s most significant living artists. Born in 1941 in Louisiana, USA, she was heralded as the ‘heir to Pollock’ by Life magazine in 1970, and emerged as part of a generation of artists forging new approaches to sculpture and painting in the wake of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Pop Art.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/lynda-benglis/

A Greater Freedom: Hepworth 1965-1975

  • 25 April 2015 — 1 April 2016

A Greater Freedom follows the artistic developments seen in Barbara Hepworth’s later years, focusing on the last decade of her life from 1965 – 1975.

Hepworth was extremely prolific during her later years: former Tate Director Sir Alan Bowness, Hepworth’s son-in-law and biographer, noted that nearly as many works were made during the 1960s as between 1925 and 1960. By this point, Hepworth had achieved international recognition, having represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1952, winning the Grand Prix at the Sao Paulo Biennial of 1959, and having had Single Form commissioned for the United Nations Building, New York, in the early 1960s.

This display looks at the new ideas and processes that these successes afforded her opportunity to explore.

Plasters: Casts and Copies

  • 25 April 2015 — 1 April 2016

Taking the permanent display of Barbara Hepworth’s 44 plasters and prototypes as
a starting point, The Hepworth Wakefield presents an exhibition re-examining this often overlooked medium.

The display explores the shifting status of plaster: from its use in 18th-19th century teaching casts of classical sculpture, to its perception as a modern material prized for its ready availability, through to contemporary artists’ responses to the material. In addition to works from the Wakefield Art Collection, key loans from the Royal Academy and the Victoria and Albert Museum are on display, showcasing the use of plaster by Hepworth and her contemporaries including Jean Arp, Ben Nicholson and Kurt Schwitters.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Hepworth in Yorkshire

  • 23 May — 6 September 2015

This display explores Barbara Hepworth’s early years in Wakefield and the ongoing inspiration of the Yorkshire landscape in her artistic development.

The display features archival material and work relating to her family and childhood, accompanied by early drawings, paintings and sculptures. Photographic images of Yorkshire commissioned by Hepworth are also included, reflecting her assertions that the experience of growing up in this area was hugely influential.

For the first time, The Hepworth Wakefield will display a newly-acquired portrait of Hepworth, painted by Dame Ethel Walker, R.A, when Hepworth was 18 years old.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Magali Reus

  • 17 July — 27 September 2015

Dutch artist Magali Reus will create a new body of work to be exhibited at The Hepworth Wakefield’s new 600sqm space The Calder. This is Reus’ first UK institutional exhibition, following recent presentations at the Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover and Fridericianum in Kassel.

In recent works Reus has used recognisable everyday objects as frameworks for exploring the languages of material and colour. Reus marries these forms with art historical references, to the industrial seriality of Minimalism and the modernist ‘assemblage’.

In this new series of works, Reus focuses on the curb as an architectural motif, using elements such as manhole covers, pavement cracks and graffiti as starting points for new sculptural forms. Reus’ emerging practice focuses on material form and presence, offering an exciting new take on these key tenets of sculpture.

Opening alongside the major collaborative Anthony Caro exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Reus’ exhibition provides a dialogue with the eminent British sculptor’s work, which has been hugely inspirational to her practice.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Anthony Caro

  • 17 July — 1 November 2015

Anthony Caro is long recognized internationally as one of Britain’s most significant sculptors. This summer as part of a Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle initiative, visitors have the unique opportunity to experience Caro’s work in the indoor and outdoor settings of the David Chipperfield-designed galleries of The Hepworth Wakefield and the landscape of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The Hepworth Wakefield’s exhibition contextualises the artist’s work, beginning with the era in which he emerged alongside the then dominant figures of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, shocking the art world with vividly coloured steel constructions. It will offer a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate one of the world’s great sculptors in Yorkshire, including the UK premier of a number of Caro’s Last Sculptures.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Des Hughes

  • 12 September 2015 — 1 March 2016

Working with The Hepworth Wakefield archives, Des Hughes uncovers the journey of Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure after it was removed from its public installation outside the civic centre in Castleford, a close neighbour of Wakefield, following fears that the sculpture would be stolen.

Combining narratives of British Modernism, histories of public sculpture, and the engagement of local audiences with contemporary art, Hughes will be creating a new pair of public sculptures, to be situated outside Castleford Academy and The Hepworth Wakefield respectively.

The unveiling of the sculptures is accompanied by an exhibition of Hughes’ research and creative processes, and an intervention by Hughes into the Hepworth Wakefield Art Collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Enrico David

  • 13 November 2015 — 14 February 2016

Enrico David works across a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, textiles and installation yet his work is nearly always rooted in the immediacy of drawing. Using craft techniques such as embroidery and tapestry, alongside installations that nod towards the field of interior design, David works often assert a gendered or sexualized dimension, paired with an exploration of psychological states that have often led him to be characterized as a ‘contemporary surrealist’.

The exhibition brings together newly-commissioned work, conceived for the gallery spaces at The Hepworth Wakefield. The exhibition has been programmed alongside the Gertrude Hermes exhibition, drawing out the critical dialogue between drawing and sculpture that runs throughout both artists’ work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Gertrude Hermes

  • 13 November 2015 — 14 February 2016

Gertrude Hermes (1901 -1983) was one of the most highly acclaimed British print-makers of her generation. However, while her exquisite wood engravings won her awards, titles and recognition, her first love was sculpture, much of which has remained unseen by a wider public.

This retrospective, the first British survey of sculptures, prints, preparatory drawings, sketchbooks and private press books in 30 years, addresses this imbalance. The display offers a compelling insight into Hermes’ audacious draughtsmanship and its relationship to her sculpture, bringing to light her networks of creativity, influence and friendship that included the writers Frieda Lawrence and P.L. Travers and the artists Henry Moore and Leon Underwood.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Toddler Tuesdays

  • 23 December 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 6 January 2015 10:30am-12pm

Enjoy a relaxing morning getting creative with your little ones.

First Tuesday of every month and local school holiday

To book contact 01924 247398 or learning @hepworthwakefield.org

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adults £4, Children
£3 - includes free car park pass for tickets booked in advance.

Bernard Meadows, 'Malloy plate IV', c.1966

Sculpting the Line: British Sculptors as Printmakers

  • 14 October 2014 — 6 September 2015 *on now

Throughout the 20th century sculptors have been drawn to the medium of print, often using printmaking processes to work on ideas which would eventually translate into sculpture, and to further refine and expand upon the forms and ideas that drive their sculptural work. While the 3-dimensional nature of sculpture may seem to be at odds with the 2-dimensional surface of print, in reality, they share much in common with each other. Print-making can essentially be described as a drawing process in 3 dimensions; whether the printmaker is incising lines into a metal plate to make an engraving or gouging out a design in wood to produce a woodcut print, these very hands-on and physical processes inextricably link the maker and the material.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Printing

Printmaking

  • 31 January — 1 February 2015

Explore the new print exhibition in Gallery 6 and develop your own prints to display at home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Felt Making

  • 24 — 25 January 2015 11am-4pm

Create colourful felted fabrics using Merino Wool inspired by the collection displays.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/felt-making/

3D Structures

  • 29 December 2014 — 2 January 2015

Explore paper-folding techniques to create angular sculptures inspired by the new exhibitions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/3d-structures/

Christmas Printmaking

  • 23 December 2014 11am-4pm

Experiment with printmaking techniques to create seasonal cards and Christmas tree decorations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/christmas-printmaking/

Family Film Screenings

  • 20 — 24 December 2014
  • 27 — 28 December 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

We’re screening seasonal classics and family favourites during the Christmas holiday.

View the full schedule of films at www.hepworthwakefield.org/Christmas.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/christmas

Creative Carving

  • 27 — 28 December 2014 11am-4pm

Carve soap sculptures inspired by the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Musical Scultpures

  • 3 — 4 January 2015 11am-3:30pm

Make music inspired by the artworks in the galleries.
Please book in advance on 01924 247398.
Starts at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm & 3pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/musical-sculptures/

Abstract Painting

  • 10 January 2015 10:30am-4pm

Experiment with colour and form inspired by works in the collection and exhibitions.

Admission

£30

IN CONVERSATION: FOLKERT DE JONG AND KAREN WATTS

  • 15 January 2015 7-8pm

Folkert de Jong will be in conversation with Karen Watts, Senior Curator of Armour and Art at Royal Armouries, discussing his new installation at The Hepworth Wakefield.


Admission

£5 (£4)

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/in-conversation-folkert-de-jong/

Outside Line Quartet

  • 15 January 2015 6-8pm

The Outside Line project is jazz guitarist Jamie Taylor’s latest venture and sees Jamie perform alongside some well known musicians from the Northern scene. FREE

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/outside-jazz-quartet/

Pop The Live On

  • 15 January 2015 6-9pm

A night of pizza and big-screen X-box games. FREE
Ages 16+


Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/pop-the-live-on/

Photography Masterclass

  • 24 January 2015 10:30am-4pm

Develop your photography skills with professional photographer Hannah Webster.

Admission

£30

Stuart McCallum

  • 28 January 2015 From 6pm

Cinematic Orchestra guitarist and composer of The Ultimate Form original ballet score, Stuart McCallum will perform his blend of ambient jazz-electronica with his trio. FREE

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/live-music-stuart-mccallum/

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