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Alexandra Bircken’s Anna Gen, 2014

Alexandra Bircken is best known for her unique sculptures in which a mixture of natural and synthetic materials undergo a transformation of processes to become knitted, knotted or strung together. Within the exhibition Conflict and Collisions: New Contemporary Sculpture currently showing at The Hepworth Wakefield until 25 January, Bircken uses her formal training in fashion and textiles to explore the use of materials in particular leather, wool, silicon and hair.

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Simon Wallis on Frieze Art Fair & Frieze Masters

Frieze Art Fair and Frieze Masters are a vital, energetic and inspirational focal point for the art world every year.

This year’s edition of the fairs is handsomely and effectively laid out and installed, to provide an improved experience of myriad contemporary and art historical works of art, most of which are of museum quality.

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Franz West and his Lemur Heads

Franz West used a range of head shapes for over a decade in his practice, inspired by Lemures from Ancient Roman mythology. A Lemur is a type of primate but in Ancient Rome the lemures were wandering, vengeful spirits and ghosts of the dead that came to torment the living. I find West’s Lemur sculptures really mysterious and striking and love West’s, Lemur Head that is outside in the THW gallery garden, greeting and watching visitors to the gallery. The sculpture is very quirky with its massive nostrils and open mouth!

 

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The Portrait Sideshow: Back by Popular Demand

Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, The Portrait Sideshow will be back at The Hepworth Wakefield on Bank Holiday Monday, 25 August, capturing the spirit of Wakefield for a salon style exhibition.

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So What is Schmuck Quickies?

On  Monday 25 August we are excited to be welcoming Berlin-based Japanese artist Yuka Oyama to facilitate her Schmuck Quickies salon sessions that have taken place all over the world from Sydney to Tokyo.

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The Game of Sculpture

Children’s interactive book, The Game of Sculpture, is brought to life in this stop motion animation by our Retail Assistant Kate Green.

Buy the book from The Hepworth Wakefield shop or online priced at £7.95.
Film: Loren Turton and Kate Green
Music: Dan-O http://danosongs.com

 

Young Writers review Where is my Eight?

Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Young Writers group was set up for young people (aged up to 25 years old) who are passionate about writing. The group receive free tickets for shows at the Theatre Royal in exchange for a review. The group also takes the time to visit other venues and arts events in the region and we were pleased to welcome them to The Hepworth Wakefield to review Franz West: Where is my Eight?

Here’s excerpts from the young people’s reviews and you can view the reviews in full on the group’s website.

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Help us identify Yorkshire landscapes

The Hepworth Wakefield needs you! Help us identify the lost landscapes from the the 19th Century Gott Collection.

The collection exists in 10 gigantic bound volumes that were assembled by John Gott (1830 – 1906), Vicar of Leeds and later Bishop of Truro, and his father William (1791 – 1863), a wool merchant. It was presented to Wakefield Art Gallery in 1930 by Frank Green, a Yorkshire industrialist and philanthropist.

There are 1,200 images in the collection depicting over 200 Yorkshire villages, towns and cities through maps, sketches, plans and detailed architectural drawings. Some of the images are easily recognisable, but some of the image are more obscure and feature buildings and landmarks which don’t exist anymore. Details of the following images have been lost in the passage of time.

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The Big Draw in Action!

The Big Draw is the world’s largest drawing festival that takes place this year between 1 October and 2 November across the UK and in twenty other countries, with 280,000 people taking part in over 1000+ events. The Big Draw offers thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators – and each other. Events are for those who love to draw, as well as for those who think they can’t! 

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The Art Party is coming!

This August, The Hepworth Wakefield will be part of the world premier of Tim Newton and Bob and Robert Smith’s film Art Party. Part documentary, road movie and political fantasy, it captures the spirit of the Scarborough Art Party Conference held in November 2013; championing the importance of art and its place in education and modern politics. The screening will be followed by a party, during which you get to express your opinions on art and education.

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