In 1964, Barbara Hepworth commissioned photographer Lee Sheldrake to take pictures of Yorkshire for her book Drawings from a Sculptor’s Landscape, in which she made a connection between her work and the landscape she grew up in.
Hepworth wrote within that the photographs ‘taken of Yorkshire were chosen nostalgically’, remembering the journeys around the county she took with her father, the county surveyer, as a child. We’re showing a selection of these in the forthcoming exhibition, Hepworth in Yorkshire, and want to identify all the places within the images. Read more
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.
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!
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?
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.
To coincide with exhibition, Franz West: Where is my Eight?I’ve been carrying out research on the artist and his practise. This blog explores West’s fascination with ‘the squiggle’. Take a look on The Hepworth Wakefield blog for my post about the influence of Rome on his work, and keep your eye out for future posts!
Our current exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, Franz West: Where is my Eight? has filled our gallery spaces with large-scale installation pieces. Did you know that Franz West’s art is fundamentally participatory and seeks to engage the viewer within it either by wearing the artworks or by sitting on them and having discussions? On your visit you might see a fellow visitor get involved with one of his Adaptives, or maybe you’d like to try yourself?
In anticipation for the opening of exhibition Franz West: Where is my Eight? I have been carrying out research on the artist and his practise. Throughout the exhibition I am going to share what I have learnt and what I find most interesting about Franz West. Keep your eye on The Hepworth Wakefield blog to find out more including West’s fascination with ‘the squiggle’ and his interactive artworks, the Adaptives.
The Hepworth Wakefield - one of The Times 'greatest galleries in the world' and a reason why Lonely Planet is recommending people visit Yorkshire in 2014 - is at the heart of Wakefield’s regeneration.
Designed by the internationally acclaimed practice, David Chipperfield Architects, it is funded by Wakefield Council and Arts Council England with additional funding from a number of charitable trusts and private individuals. The gallery opened in May 2011 and welcomed its millionth visitor in December 2013.
The Hepworth Wakefield brings together pieces from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.