The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield
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Discover ‘one of the top 10 galleries in the UK’ The Times.

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.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday and school holiday Mondays.

Admission charges


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.


A Greater Freedom: Hepworth 1965-1975

  • 25 April 2015 — 1 April 2016 *on now

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 *on now

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

Des Hughes

  • 12 September 2015 — 1 March 2016 *on now

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

The Rhubarb Triangle and Other Stories: Photographs by Martin Parr

  • 4 February — 12 June 2016 *on now

The largest Martin Parr exhibition in the UK since his Barbican retrospective in 2002, comprising more than 300 photographs that span the past 40 years.

A comprehensive overview of Parr’s work will be on display, from early Yorkshire-based black and white photographs of rural communities to his recent international examinations of consumerism. Drawing on the implicit themes of labour and leisure present in the new Rhubarb Triangle commission, the exhibition brings together photographs from multiple series and commissions to address contemporary global networks of industry and consumption. Key series to be exhibited include:
The Non-Conformists, 1975-80
The Last Resort, 1983-85
The Cost of Living, 1989
Autoportrait, 1991-2012 and Common Sense, 1995-99.

The Rhubarb Triangle new commission lies at the heart of the exhibition and comprises a series of photographs taken over the last 12 months in an area of countryside known as ‘The Rhubarb Triangle’ between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell in West Yorkshire, which is famous for producing early-forced rhubarb. Parr’s photographs capture all aspects of the rhubarb business, from the back-breaking work of moving the rhubarb from field to shed, the freezing cold and exhausting labour of picking the vegetable by candlelight (or occasionally by head-torch), and the consumption of the rhubarb by coach parties and food tourists.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Stanley Spencer

  • 24 June — 25 September 2016

This exhibition will explore the variety of themes in Spencer’s work, from religion, portraiture, sexuality and domestic life that Spencer depicted in his richly detailed paintings.

Famously devoted to his hometown of Cookham, the exhibition will focus on Spencer’s pastoral visions of rural life, re-imagined through his own spiritual beliefs. These were often manifest in the titles, considering themes of resurrection and biblical parables through the lens of his own experiences in this quintessentially British village.

A skilled portraitist, Spencer’s depictions of his wife Patricia Preece will be on display alongside other notable portraits of those close to him during the 1940s and 1950s. The exhibition also features several rarely seen self-portraits, following the artist’s life from 1914 to 1959, that offer a sense of his unique personality.


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.

Martin Parr Photography Studio

  • 20 February 2016

For one day only, The Hepworth Wakefield is delighted to offer the rare opportunity to have your portrait taken by Martin Parr in a pop-up photography studio at the gallery.

Have your individual or group portrait taken with friends, family or colleagues in front of a rhubarb inspired backdrop. Pets and props are also welcome to help create a special and truly unique photograph.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£300/Members £270


The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk
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