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The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield is an inspiring new art gallery in Yorkshire which celebrates the area’s unique artistic legacy and explores the work of major contemporary artists. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the Heporth's ten gallery spaces make it one of the UK’s largest purpose-built galleries outside London.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £900,000
  • 2013-2014: £921,600
  • 2014-2015: £945,562

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Art Party at The Hepworth Wakefield

On Thursday 21 August - GCSE results day -The Hepworth Wakefield was one of 22 UK-based arts venues screening Bob and Roberta Smith's film 'Art Party'. As well as the screening, there were performances from Yew Tree Youth Theatre and Theatre Royal Wakefield's 'In on the Act' plus workshops and a party during which guests had an opportunity to express their opinions on art and education. Watch local filmmaker David Lindsay's behind-the-scenes video filmed at our very own Art Party.

The Game of Sculpture Animation

Children's interactive book, 'The Game of Sculpture' is brought to life in this short stop motion animation. The Game of Sculpture is available to purchase from The Hepworth Wakefield shop priced at £7.95. http://goo.gl/Uy8qDV Film: Loren Turton and Kate Green Music: Dan-O http://danosongs.com

Franz West: Where is my Eight?

Summer 2014 sees The Hepworth Wakefield dedicate its gallery spaces to a large-scale exhibition of one of the most prominent artists of our time. Franz West, who died in July 2012, achieved worldwide fame with his Passstücke [Adaptives], as well as his sculptures for interior and exterior spaces. Franz West: Where is my Eight? 13 June - 14 September The Hepworth Wakefield Free Admission www.hepworthwakefield.org/FranzWest/ The focus of this loosely chronological exhibition is West's combination pieces, in which the artist combined various individual pieces and subsequently recombined them in different configurations. Due to this combination and recombination of different kinds of work including Adaptives, furniture, sculpture, videos and works on paper from different periods, the exhibition provides a much needed and highly anticipated major UK showing of West's varied, influential and prolific practice. Here at The Hepworth Wakefield the exhibition also investigates the connections and parallels between the work of Franz West and Barbara Hepworth. With a playful yet striking intervention into The Hepworth Family Gift gallery, this exhibition will places both artists' work in conversation: the use of the democratic material of plaster; the significance of the studio environment; and the repeated return to reconfiguring and adapting previous work. Where is my Eight? was initiated and co-developed with mumok (Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna) and by Franz West with great enthusiasm before his death and provides insight into West's complex and many-layered art practice. Franz West: Where is my Eight? is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Crown Fine Art & Austrian Cultural Forum London.

Erika Vogt 'Speech Mesh - Drawn OFF' at The Calder

The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield's new 600sqm contemporary art space, presented 'Speech Mesh -- Drawn OFF', the first solo exhibition in the UK by American artist Erika Vogt 14 February -- 6 April 2014. Vogt's site-specific gallery installations are realised as dynamic image fields in which sculpture, film and video, photography, painting and drawing are interwoven. Drawing on her background in experimental filmmaking, Vogt's installations unfold as cinematic environments in which the layered quality of her films is expanded into physical space. In this video, curator of the exhibition Andrew Bonacina discusses the work and Vogt's artistic practise. 'Speech Mesh - Drawn OFF' brings together a group of plaster sculptures, suspended across The Calder's vast industrial space, in dialogue with her video works.

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia: Photographs 1975 - 2012

American artist Philip-Lorca diCorcia (b. 1951, Connecticut) is one of the most important photographers working today. This is the first UK exhibition to show works spanning his career, offering an opportunity to appreciate the development of diCorcia's work. This large-scale survey contains over 100 photographs from six major series. In this video artist Philip-Lorca diCorcia and curator Dr. Sam Lackey discuss the thought processes behind the work as well as the exhibition on display at The Hepworth Wakefield 14 February - 1 June 2014.

Dana Schutz & Dexter Dalwood, In Conversation at The Hepworth Wakefield, January 2014

One of America's most acclaimed young painters Dana Schutz discusses her first UK solo exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield and the state of contemporary painting with Turner Prize-nominated artist Dexter Dalwood. Schutz is renowned for her riotously coloured figurative paintings and highly tactile approach, creating compelling and awkward imaginary worlds that explore hypothetical and sometimes absurd situations. Also primarily a painter, Dalwood's works typically draw upon historical tradition as well as current cultural and political events. Filmed and broadcast on Thursday 16 January 2014, 7pm by This Is Tomorrow. www.thisistomorrow.info

In Focus: Albert Wainwright

The Hepworth Wakefield is home to the largest public collection of the work of artist, illustrator and designer Albert Wainwright. Born in Castleford in 1898, Wainwright was a childhood friend of Henry Moore but achieved only a fraction of Moore's acclaim during his lifetime. This new exhibition aims to shed light on this talent and neglected artist. In this video, Collections and Exhibitions Assistant Holly Grange provides an introduction to the current collection display, 'In Focus: Albert Wainwright'. In Focus: Albert Wainwright 21 September 2013 -- 18 May 2014 http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/albert-wainwright/ Free admission

Parallel of Life and Art

The collection display, 'Parallel of Life and Art', continues The Hepworth Wakefield's exploration into developments in twentieth century British art. In this video, curator Gemma Yates, discusses the exhibition and its conceptual starting point, the exhibition of the same name staged by the Independent Group in 1953. 'Parallel of Life and Art' 16 November 2013 - Spring 2015 http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/parallel-of-life-and-art/ Free admission

Barbara Hepworth: Two Forms

Curator Dr. Sam Lackey provides an introduction to collection display, 'Barbara Hepworth: Two Forms' at The Hepworth Wakefield. This display of Hepworth's early sculpture explores her transition from figuration to abstraction. Starting with sculptures clearly representing the relationship between a mother and her child it traces the development of this motif into two separate forms. Barbara Hepworth: Two Forms 9 November 2013 -- Spring 2014 http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/barbara-hepworth-two-forms/ Free admission

Henry Moore: Reclining Figures

Frances Guy, Head of Collections and Exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield, provides an introduction to the collection display, 'Henry Moore: Reclining Figures'. Henry Moore is known for his lifelong fascination with the human figure, a subject that allowed him to explore and experiment with different formal ideas in sculpture. The display at The Hepworth Wakefield features two works by Moore from the Wakefield Collection as well as major loans from The Henry Moore Foundation. Henry Moore: Reclining Figures 8 October 2013 -- Spring 2014 http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/henry-moore-reclining-figures/ Free admission

Christmas at The Hepworth Wakefield

A behind-the-scenes video filmed during the making of 'Christmas at The Hepworth Wakefield', a paper sculpture by Wakefield-based artist Andy Singleton. View the paper sculpture from the evening of Wed 27 Nov 2013 until January 2014 at The Hepworth Wakefield. www.hepworthwakefield.org Artwork by Andy Singleton andysingleton.co.uk Film by Nick Singleton

Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection - Interview with curator Dr Sam Lackey

Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, discusses a fascinating project that brings together one of Britain's most exciting contemporary artists, Matthew Darbyshire, with one of the world's most significant assemblages of post-war studio pottery, the W.A. Ismay Collection. Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection is developed in partnership with York Museums Trust. MATTHEW DARBYSHIRE: THE W.A. ISMAY COLLECTION 12 October 2013 - 26 January 2014 Free Admission www.hepworthwakefield.org Filmed and edited by Jonny Walton www.kaptur.co.uk Photography: Janette Haigh, Tony Hill and John Anderson

Dana Schutz at The Hepworth Wakefield

The anticipated first UK solo exhibition for Dana Schutz, one of the most significant young contemporary artists in America, opened at The Hepworth Wakefield this October. In this video interview, conducted at The Hepworth Wakefield, Dana discusses her influences, the use of humour in her work, and her most recent painting in the show, Assembling an Octopus. Dana Schutz, The Hepworth Wakefield, 12 October 2013 - 26 January 2014, Free Admission.

Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection - Installation Time-lapse

View our latest time-lapse video, filmed during the installation of Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection at The Hepworth Wakefield. Time-lapse film by Matt Kelly. Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection, 12 October 2013 - 26 January 2014, is developed in partnership with York Museums Trust.

Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection - An Interview with Alan Firth

'Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection' brings together one of Britain's most exciting contemporary artists, Matthew Darbyshire, with one of the world's most significant assemblages of post-war studio pottery, the W.A. Ismay Collection. Librarian and collector William Alfred Ismay (1910-2001) lived in Wakefield his whole life. From 1955 he began to collect pieces by some of the most renowned makers of studio pottery from Hans Coper and Shoji Hamada to works by local Yorkshire potters, Barbara Cass and Joan Hotchin, alongside lesser known ceramicists. York Museums Trust has produced a series of video interviews featuring collectors, curators and potters who knew W.A. Ismay. In this video interview, collector Alan Firth talks of learning about collecting studio pottery from Ismay. Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection at The Hepworth Wakefield until 26 January 2014 is developed in partnership with York Museums Trust. A film by Jonny Walton/Kapture. Photographs by Janette Haigh, Tony Hill and John Anderson. Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection is developed in partnership with York Museums Trust.

Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection at The Hepworth Wakefield

This fascinating project brings together one of Britain's most exciting contemporary artists, Matthew Darbyshire, with one of the world's most significant assemblages of post-war studio pottery, the W.A. Ismay Collection. Librarian and collector William Alfred Ismay (1910-2001) lived in Wakefield his whole life. From 1955 he began to collect pieces by some of the most renowned makers of studio pottery from Hans Coper and Shoji Hamada to works by local Yorkshire potters, Barbara Cass and Joan Hotchin, alongside lesser known ceramicists. His extraordinary collection of 3,600 items, by 500 makers, covered all the available surfaces of his small terraced house in Wakefield. This extraordinary collection offers an insight into the compulsive and systematic habits and protocols of a unique and unusual collector. Taking the architectural footprint of Ismay's house, examples of the collector's domestic furniture and contemporary white goods, Matthew Darbyshire (b.1977 in Cambridge, UK) will reframe the WA Ismay Collection at The Hepworth Wakefield. Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection is developed in partnership with York Museums Trust. MATTHEW DARBYSHIRE: THE W.A. ISMAY COLLECTION 12 October 2013 - 26 January 2014 Free Admission www.hepworthwakefield.org Filmed and edited by Jonny Walton www.kaptur.co.uk Photography: Janette Haigh, Tony Hill and John Anderson

Roger Hiorns at The Calder

Watch The Hepworth Wakefield's behind-the-scenes video, filmed during the installation of The Calder's inaugural exhibition by Roger Hiorns. The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield's new contemporary art space, opened next to the main gallery site in August 2013. Located in a 19th century former textiles mill on the banks of the River Calder, the space offers a place to enjoy contemporary art, music and events. The Calder Opening Hours: 12 -- 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12 -- 8pm Thursday Closed Mondays except local school and bank holidays Thanks to Roger Hiorns; Corvi-Mora, London; The Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Wakefield. Special thanks to Connor Quill, Performer. The Hepworth Wakefield is funded by Wakefield Council and Arts Council England. Filmed and directed by Finn Varney www.aberrationfilms.co.uk

Haroon Mirza exhibition installation

Haroon Mirza was winner of the Northern Art Prize 2010 and won the Silver Lion for promising young artist at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. His new exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield features audio and light installation, as is on display from 25 May - 29 September 2013.

Spring Collage Party GIF Animations

On Saturday 6 April, The Hepworth Wakefield hosted it's first Spring Collage Party! Inspired by The Ultimate Form, and the spring exhibitions, visitors were invited to take part in activites including Collage Party, Trash Fashion and Curious Noises musical workshop. James, a member of The Hepworth Wakefield's Youth Panel, documented the day by making this series of GIF animations.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Alice Channer, Linder Sterling

An introduction to three new exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield: Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Alice Channer and Linder, from 16 February - 12 May 2013.

In Rehearsal: The Ultimate Form by Linder Sterling for The Hepworth Wakefield

A preview of a new performance by renowned artist Linder Sterling, commissioned by The Hepworth Wakefield. Featuring dancers by Northern Ballet, Choreography by premier dancer Kenneth Tindall, music by Cinematic Orchestra's Stuart McCallum and costume by British fashion designer Pam Hogg. The UK premiere of 'The Ultimate Form' will take place at The Hepworth Wakefield on Saturday 11 May 2013.

Barbara Hepworth: The Hospital Drawings

27 October 2012 - 03 February 2013 This exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield reveals the remarkable series of exquisite drawings and paintings made by Barbara Hepworth during the late 1940s, illustrating surgeons at work in operating theatres within Post-War Britain.

Snow at The Hepworth Wakefield

Snow is guaranteed this Thursday 20 December at The Hepworth Wakefield. The perfect backdrop for our Christmas Carols from 5-9pm, don't miss it!

Halloween Zombie Walk: Medical Nightmares

On Saturday November 3 2012 we invited the local undead community to limp, stagger and moan their way through the gallery. Zombies dressed up as patients and scary surgeons inspired by our exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: The Hospital Drawings, and this is what happened...

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