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.
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.
- Any age
DISOBEDIENT BODIES: J.W.ANDERSON AT THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD
- 18 March — 18 June 2017 *on now
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.
- Family friendly
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