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.
Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.
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
Celebrating 300 Years Of Thomas Chippendale
- 13 July 2018 — 25 February 2019 *on now
To celebrate this significant anniversary, the gallery is working with one of the finest treasure houses in the North of England, Nostell Priory, a National Trust house with over 100 pieces of Chippendale furniture. The role of artists in influencing interiors will be explored through key loans from both collections and special commissions by contemporary artists.
Visitors will see modern and contemporary artworks in Nostell’s historic rooms and the most fashionable furniture of the 18th century within the 21st-century gallery spaces of The Hepworth Wake eld.
- Family friendly
The Hepworth Prize For Sculpture
- 26 October 2018 — 20 January 2019 *on now
Open to British or UK based artists of any age and at any stage in their career, the £30,000 biennial award celebrates artists who have made a significant contribution to sculpture in its broadest definition.
An exhibition of work by the five artists shortlisted for the prize will be presented.
Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things
- 16 February — 2 June 2019
This major exhibition will bring together more than 50 of Odundo’s vessels alongside a large selection of historic and contemporary objects which she has curated to reveal the vast range of references from around the globe that have informed the development of her unique work.
Designed by architect Farshid Moussavi OBE, the exhibition will be a dynamic journey through these diverse inspirations. On display will be British studio pottery; ancient vessels from Greece and Egypt; historic ceramics from Africa, Asia and Central America; ritual objects from across the African continent; Elizabethan dress and textiles; as well as sculptures by artists including Edgar Degas, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin who have influenced Odundo’s art. The exhibition is organised in partnership with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
Yorkshire Sculpture International
- 22 June — 29 September 2019
Exploring sculpture in its many forms by international artists, this festival of sculpture across Leeds and Wakefield builds upon Yorkshire’s rich history as the birthplace of pioneering sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Yorkshire Sculpture International is organised by four world-renowned cultural institutions – the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park – and will include major new outdoor commissions across both cities.
The exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield will feature a series of new commissions and debut UK presentations by established and emerging artists from around the world. Unfolding as a series of encounters across the whole building and interacting with Wakefield’s remarkable collection of modern British art, this will be the first time all of the public spaces within The Hepworth will be used for a single exhibition.
It will bring together artists of different generations who share with both Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore an intense interest in the cultural histories and physical properties of the materials they use – from an expansive installation by German sculptor Wolfgang Laib to new work by Jamaican-Canadian artist Tau Lewis.
We Two Boys: Early Works by Alan Davie & David Hockney
- 19 October 2019 — 19 January 2020
In 1958 Alan Davie had his first solo exhibition at Wakefield Art Gallery, which went on to tour nationally and launched Davie’s career. A young attendee at the Wakefield exhibition was David Hockney, then a student at Bradford College of Art.
The exhibition was a pivotal influence on Hockney’s artistic development and shortly after this visit, Hockney moved to London to take up a place at the Royal College of Art. Here he discarded, as Davie had, realist figurative painting in favour of colourful, gestural works that combined abstraction with coded text and symbolism.
The exhibition will bring together around 45 paintings and works on paper by Alan Davie and David Hockney, many of which have not been seen publicly for decades. It will trace the parallel paths of these key figures of post-war British painting, revealing creative convergences and shared themes of passion, poetry and love as their works of art evolved from figuration to abstraction. Set within the context of 1960s counterculture and the popularisation of art through diverse new forms of media, the exhibition will present an exciting moment in British art and the emergence of a radical new art world.
- 19 October 2019 — 19 January 2020
Quarles’ paintings capture bodies in varying states of abstraction, framed by architectural devices that create ever-shifting spaces. Occasional ragments of text in earlier paintings and recent drawings reveal some of the literary, musical and autobiographical references that underpin her work. They also draw parallels with the use of textual fragments in the early paintings of David Hockney, displayed in the concurrent exhibition, We Two Boys: Early Works by Alan Davie & David Hockney. Quarles, a queer artist with Black ancestry who is often mistaken for being white, deploys this ambiguity to explore fluidities in identity, and create images that disrupt the hetero-normative, male and predominantly-white history of painting.
Christina Quarles is timed to sit alongside the exhibition We Two Boys: Early Works by Alan Davie & David Hockney.
The Hepworth Wakefield