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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

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

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/

ANTHEA HAMILTON REIMAGINES KETTLE'S YARD

  • 15 September 2016 — 19 March 2017 *on now

Turner-Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton re-imagines Kettle’s Yard at The Hepworth Wakefield and introduces a series of her own work alongside pieces by other acclaimed international contemporary artists including: French artist Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann; British artist Nicholas Byrne; German artist Daniel Sinsel and the celebrated American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
New works from Hamilton include a functional cabinet and a spiral staircase, displaying objects from Kettle’s Yard; a ‘Kimono’ piece inspired by a Christopher Wood painting and large, circular mats, made in Swaziland by local artisans.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/antheahamilton/

A CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION

  • 24 September 2016 — 19 October 2017 *on now

Highlights from Wakefield’s Collection which has grown through acquisitions and gifts over the past 80 years will be on display. Paintings by The Camden Town Group, Roger Fry and Ben Nicholson, Frank Auerbach and Clare Woods are displayed with sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and recently acquired contemporary works by Eva Rothschild and Anthea Hamilton.
The gift of paintings made to the collection by Sir Alan Bowness, with support of the Art Fund is also on show, featuring work by Alan Davie and other significant abstract artists of the 1960s and 70s such as John Golding and John Hoyland.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/a-contemporary-collection/

THE HEPWORTH PRIZE FOR SCULPTURE

  • 21 October 2016 — 19 February 2017 *on now

The gallery’s most ambitious exhibition to date features the finalists for the first £30,000 Hepworth Prize For Sculpture. This biennial award, named in honour of Wakefield-born artist Barbara Hepworth is open to artists of any age and at any stage in their career who have made a significant contribution to contemporary sculpture in the UK. The exhibition celebrates the full spectrum of this art form, from kinetic sculptures and sensory installations to works inviting audience participation from the four finalists: Phyllida Barlow, Steve Claydon, Helen Marten and David Medalla.
Visitors are invited to vote for their own winner with the People’s Choice Award. Vote while you're in the gallery visiting the exhibition or online www.hepworthwakefield.org/prize The winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition.
Media Partner: Yorkshire Post
The Hepworth Prize For Sculpture is supported by: Litestructures, Mtec, David Liddiment, Linda Bennett and David Roberts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/prize/

DISOBEDIENT BODIES: J.W.ANDERSON AT THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD

  • 18 March — 18 June 2017

Jonathan Anderson, one of the world’s most innovative and critically acclaimed contemporary fashion designers, responds to Wakefield’s impressive collection of modern British art in this major new exhibition that explores the human form in art, fashion and design.
In collaboration with 6a architects, Anderson’s exhibition unfolds a series of contrasting experiences. Figurative sculptures by artists including: Jean Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Lynn Chadwick, Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas, Henry Moore, Magali Reus and Dorothea Tanning will be brought into dialogue with fashion pieces by designers such as Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons, Helmut Lang and Issey Miyake. Design and craft items include ceramics by Hans Coper and lamps by Isamu Noguchi.
The personal selection is shaped by Anderson’s long-standing passion for modern art (from the mid-20th century) and the underlying questions of gender that have been posed by his own fashion collections.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/disobedient-bodies/

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.

Meet Father Christmas

  • 17 — 18 December 2016 11am-4pm

Start the festive season with a visit to Father Christmas, making his annual appearance at the gallery. Each child will receive an early Christmas present and get the chance to meet the man himself.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

£7.50 per child

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/father-christmas/

Crafty Christmas Decorations

  • 4 December 2016 11am-4pm *on now
  • 11 December 2016 11am-4pm
  • 20 — 22 December 2016

Get crafty with your family this Christmas and make your own Hepworth-inspired Christmas decorations by experimenting with wire, plaster and modelling materials. Leave this session with your handmade decorations – perfect for lighting up any tree.

Drop in between 11.00 & 4.00.
Sun 27 Nov, Sun 4, Sun 11, Sun 18, Tue 20, Weds 21 & Thurs 22 Dec 2016,

Ideal for children aged 3- 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free.
Feel free to drop in!

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/crafty-christmas-decorations/

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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