The Hepworth Wakefield
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.
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.
Stanley Spencer: Of Angels and Dirt
- 25 June — 5 October 2016 *on now
The first major survey in 15 years of the work of one of Britain’s best loved painters, Stanley Spencer. Presented during the 125th anniversary of Spencer’s birth, the exhibition brings together over 70 works spanning his entire career, including rarely-seen self-portraits and extracts from his diaries and writings offering a unique insight into his life and work.
The exhibition explores the seemingly conflicting themes that Spencer fused together in his richly detailed paintings, of religion and sexuality, work and leisure, nature and industry, highlighting Spencer’s distinctive view of everyday life. As Spencer himself put it, ‘I am on the side of angels and dirt’.
The arrangement of the paintings allows visitors to view bodies of work that he created throughout his life as a whole, such as his landscape paintings, including views of his beloved hometown of Cookham, and his series of portraits of people close to him, including a number of depictions of his second wife, Patricia Preece. The exhibition will also examine the lifelong influence that early Italian Renaissance paintings by such artists as Botticelli, Fra Angelico and Giotto had on Spencer’s work, with a significant loan from the National Gallery, London.
Stanley Spencer fans and collectors include the late David Bowie, who narrated the BBC Omnibus Special about the painter in 2001. Spencer was among Bowie’s favourite British artists. Adam Ant (born Stuart Goddard) spent summer holidays in Cookham and grew up being inspired by the painter, who he calls his "favourite artist of all time"; Andrew Lloyd Webber, who owns several works by Spencer and considers both Stanley Spencer and Francis Bacon as two of the greatest British painters of the twentieth century as well as British sculptor Anthony Gormley, broadcaster Jon Snow and art historian James Fox, who recently became President of the Friends of Stanley Spencer Gallery.
Stanley Spencer wrote extensively about his work and life, stating in 1949, 'so good do I think what I have written about my pictures I would almost prefer that other people should paint them in order to leave me to write about them.'
With our Stanley Spencer audioguide you can hear Spencer's thoughts while viewing the work he was writing about, giving you unprecedented access to one of the most unique minds of the modern era. The audioguide is available to hire from the welcome desk.
£3 / Members, students, job seekers (with proof of status) £2.50
Exhibition kindly supported by Audrey & Stanley Burton 1960 Charitable Trust and Grand Central Rail.
- Any age
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