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The Hepworth Wakefield brings Yorkshire to Westminster

  • Date: 12 November 2010
  • Area: North

Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield, Wakefield Council and Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield, hosted a special reception for Britain's major new art gallery in the House of Commons, Westminster on Monday 8 November.

The reception was attended by people from the fields of art, architecture, tourism and politics and included members of Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore's respective families, plus contemporary artists including Eva Rothschild, Clare Woods, Ivan Morison, who are working with The Hepworth Wakefield in 2011.

Mary Creagh MP opened the reception and introduced a short film about the landmark £35 million project, with interviews and new footage which helped to place The Hepworth Wakefield in the context of Wakefield Council's regeneration plans and diverse offering of the Yorkshire region.

Guest speakers included David Liddiment, Chair of The Hepworth Wakefield Trust and Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. 

Mary Creagh MP commented: 'It was a real pleasure to see so many supporters of The Hepworth together in one place and to start the buzz around the May 2011 opening. The Hepworth will be the opening of 2011 - not just in Britain, but across Europe and will transform how Wakefield is seen across the world.'

David Liddiment, Chair of The Hepworth Wakefield Trust commented: 'The Hepworth Wakefield is a unique, landmark project, and as a Yorkshireman, I am very proud to be involved in helping to drive this development forward and showcase this remarkable building and preeminent gallery not just regionally, or nationally, but also internationally.'

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director of Arts Council England, added: 'We are delighted to be a major investor in The Hepworth Wakefield supporting the project with £5 million funding through the National Lottery. The parliamentary reception was a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of The Hepworth as a world-class centre for the visual arts in Yorkshire. We look forward to our continued work with The Hepworth and Wakefield Council to fulfil the fantastic potential of the new gallery.'

Designed by award-winning David Chipperfield Architects, The Hepworth Wakefield will be the largest purpose-built gallery outside London, when it opens in May 2011, offering a diverse contemporary exhibition, events and learning programme. At the heart of Wakefield's regeneration, it will celebrate the city's heritage as the birthplace of modern British sculpture through the achievements of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

The Hepworth Wakefield is funded by Wakefield Council with significant support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, European Regional Development Fund, Yorkshire Forward, Home and Communities Agency and The Headley Trust. The programme is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Plus Tate and the Arts Council Collection.

For information on The Hepworth Wakefield visit