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Meet the tutor: Lisa Cutcliffe – Exploring Yorkshire Foraging Workshop

Our current collection exhibition Yorkshire: Hepworth, Moore and the Landscape, shows how the Yorkshire landscape has been an enduring inspiration for artists. The show features sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore amidst scenes of this beautiful region by David Hockney, John Inigo Richards (1731 – 1810), Philip Reinagle (1749 – 1833) and Edna Ginesi (1902 – 2000).

In order to provide a different perspective on the Yorkshire landscape, The Hepworth Wakefield has organised a short series of workshops which offer a hands-on approach to experiencing the great outdoors.
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Meet the maker: Witshop

WitShop are Jakob Creswell-Rost and Freya Hawtin. We create design-led stationery and gifts with a paired back aesthetic, splashes of colour and a hint of wit. Our designs include calendars, recipe notecards and kitchen towels. We are both from Yorkshire but are now based on the shores of Brighton to be closer to the sea and to be a part of Brighton’s creative buzz.

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Work in Focus: Henri Matisse, Portrait of a Woman, 1925

Peter Fallon, The Hepworth Wakefield’s Visitor Services Team Leader, recently explored the gallery’s collection of over 5000 works. Here’s the first of Peter’s Work in Focus blog posts.
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Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield, awarded an OBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield has been awarded an OBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015. The award recognises his contribution to the visual arts over the past seven years at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth celebrating the first birthday of Hepworth Wakefield coming up on 21st of May, 2012 The Hepworth Wakefield has become one of Britain’s most successful art galleries since it opened on 21 May 2011 and is preparing for a bumper birthday celebration this weekend, 19-20 May.   The gallery has recently welcomed its 500,000th visitor (on 12 May, more than a week away from its first birthday) and been announced as one of only four finalists shortlisted to win the coveted £100,000 Art Fund Prize and become ‘museum of the year’.

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian

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We are delighted to announce the recent acquisition of a rediscovered portrait of the young Barbara Hepworth. Generously gifted to the Wakefield Council Permanent Art Collection by a private American collector, the portrait will be the centrepiece work in a new exhibition Hepworth in Yorkshire, which opens at the gallery on Saturday 16 May.
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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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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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Crazy Sculpture Web: A blog by Arts Award participants

Hello! We are a group of young people aged between 17 – 22 who have been participating in a project ‘Make Something Amazing’. A couple of weeks ago we had never met each other and some of us had never been to The Hepworth Wakefield before. We didn’t know what to expect and thought that art meant being good at drawing, but – a week a half later – we have experimented with different types of printing, sculpture, plaster work and drawing with wire.

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Latest Video: ‘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.

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Frank Luckham Ring Collection

We have a brand new range of jewellery in the shop by British designer Frank Luckham. His unique and distinctive jewellery (see below) is inspired by the Modernist and Minimalist artistic movements, and in particular the work of Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Donald Judd. He specialises in ring designs that explores the simplicity of form characterised by these artists.

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