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/

A Contemporary Collection

  • 24 September 2016 — 30 September 2017 *on now

The Wakefield Permanent Art Collection was founded in 1923, and housed in Wakefield Art Gallery from 1932. Shortly after, Wakefield Councilman Alfred Carr stated that the purpose of the collection was ‘to keep in touch with modern art, in its relations to modern life’. In its first decades, the collection acquired works of art by important British artists of the early twentieth century who had championed art as a reflection of contemporary experience. These included critic and painter Roger Fry and artists of the Camden Town Group who celebrated ordinary people and everyday events.

The collection supported emerging local artists Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, acquiring their work early in their careers along with that of painter Ben Nicholson. Nicholson and Hepworth, who married in 1938, had formed a new avant-garde in the 1930s that fused geometric abstraction and utopian ideals, which they took to St. Ives during World War II. Paintings created in response to the devastation of the war were acquired by Wakefield through the War Artists Advisory Committee in the late 1940s, providing local audiences with a reflection of the hardships they and their fellow countrymen faced.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

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/

György Gordon: From Hungary to Yorkshire, 1924-2005

  • 25 February 2017 — 1 January 2018 *on now

The Hungarian-born artist György Gordon became a refugee after fleeing the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. He resettled in Wakefield in 1964 where he became a lecturer in Graphic Design and the leader of the painting department at Wakefield College of Art.

A gifted teacher, he inspired admiration and affection from generations of young artists. This new exhibition celebrates the recent gift of three paintings to the Wakefield collection.

Approximately 30 works, comprising paintings, works on paper and archival material are on display, including the three gifted works exploring themes of solitude and displacement.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/gy-rgy-gordon-from-hungary-to-yorkshire-1924-2005/

Approaching Thunder: 1940s British Prints and Drawings

  • 25 February 2017 — 1 January 2018 *on now

This exhibition draws from The Hepworth Wakefield’s outstanding collection of 1940s British works on paper, revisiting a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism that resonates strongly with our lives today. With materials strictly rationed and the art market in crisis, leading artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Edward Bawden turned to the inexpensive medium of paper.

Although a substantial number of works in the show were produced under the patronage of Kenneth Clark’s War Artists Advisory Committee, these images are in marked contrast to the idealised state propaganda embodied in the art of Nazi Germany. Though government-regulated, the works exhibited here convey individual and subjective experience, exploring ordinary lives under extraordinary shared circumstances. Figures are lost in thought or absorbed in their labours; intricately described landscapes reveal devastation but also the lingering vitality of the natural world. Perhaps reflecting this move to a renewed social engagement, public interest in modern art soared across the country.

A small group of Henry Moore’s shelter drawings form a particular highlight, while a selection of illustrated books show modernist artists using low-cost lithography to circulate their work across a broad social spectrum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/approaching-thunder-1940s-british-prints-and-drawings/

Henry Moore

  • 13 May 2017 — 1 January 2018 *on now

With hundreds of sculptures on public display worldwide, Henry Moore is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He was born in 1898 in Castleford, the son of a miner, and received an ex-servicemen’s grant to study at Leeds School of Art following active service during the First World War.

In Leeds he met Barbara Hepworth and both went to study at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. The former Wakefield Art Gallery started to acquire Moore’s work in the 1930s. Both Hepworth and Moore were deeply inspired by their formative experiences of the Yorkshire landscape.

In 1977, Moore disovered that Wakefield was fundraising to buy one print from his series Stonehenge (1973) and promptly donated a complete set to the collection. This series can be seen in its entirety in the exhibition.

During the war, he became widely known for his drawings of Londoners sheltering in Underground stations and was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to record miners in Castleford, documenting the civilian contribution to the war effort. A selection of these drawings feature in this display.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/HenryMoore/

Barbara Hepworth

  • 13 May 2017 — 1 January 2018 *on now

This Barbara Hepworth exhibition features over 30 works from our collection, tracing the artist's whole career. Examining Hepworth's early life in Wakefield, her training and the early carvings of the 1920 - 30s, right through to the iconic stringed forms emerging during the 1940s and her later, large-scale marble sculptures.

The exhibition also features important examples of the full range of material types that she used – cast bronze, stone and wood carvings, paintings, prints and even a screen-printed scarf.

Hepworth's personal library is on display publicly for the first time, offering an insight into Hepworth's creative inspirations. Hepworth’s books are held by The Hepworth Wakefield as a research resource and reflect a broad array of interests from natural history and mathematics to Zen Buddhism. Many were gifts from artist friends including Ben Nicholson and Herbert Read, William Scott and Isamu Noguchi and contain personal dedications.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/BarbaraHepworth/

Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

  • 1 July — 8 October 2017 *on now

Howard Hodgkin (1932 - 2017) is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest painters and has occupied a central place in contemporary art for over half a century.

This exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the enduring influence of India on Hodgkin’s work, a place he returned to almost annually, since his first trip to the country in 1964, over 50 years ago.

On display are more than 35 works, painted over the last 50 years, which characterise the colour and warmth of India and capture the artist’s sensory impressions of the country - from fierce blazing sunsets to heavy oppressive rains, landscapes and cities he has visited, and portraits of the people he has befriended. They range from Hodgkin’s earliest India-inspired paintings of the 1960s through to new works completed early this year. It includes a number of paintings that have never before been exhibited in the UK.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/howard-hodgkin-painting-india/

Alina Szapocznikow

  • 20 October 2017 — 4 February 2018

This is first UK retrospective of the work of the much-overlooked Polish artist Alina Szapocznikow (1926 - 1973), whose elaborately constructed sculptures remain as powerfully resonant today as when they were first made.

Szapocznikow’s career was cut short by her premature death in 1973 at the age 47 but her work has been reappraised internationally in the last decade. A chronological display highlights how the artist’s work developed from classically figurative sculptures to her later “awkward objects” which are politically charged and overlaid with Surrealist and Pop Art influences.

The exhibition includes works incorporating Szapocznikow’s characteristic use of cast body parts, many of which she transformed into everyday objects like lamps or ashtrays.

It features over 50 works created between 1956 and 1972 including sculpture, drawings, and photography, the exhibition draws on loans from private and public collections, including major institutions in Poland.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/alina-szapocznikow/

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

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Telephone

The Hepworth Wakefield

01924 247360

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