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Hepworth in Yorkshire: Lee Sheldrake’s photos of the Yorkshire Landscape

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.
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Lynda Benglis at The Hepworth Wakefield

From 6 February until 1 July 2015 The Hepworth Wakefield will present the UK’s first museum survey of work by Greek-American artist and feminist icon Lynda Benglis. This highly anticipated exhibition will be the largest presentation of Benglis’ work in the UK, featuring approximately 50 works that will span the entirety of her prolific career to date.
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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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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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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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Franz West and the ‘squiggle’

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!

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Franz West: Be part of the art!

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?

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Franz West and the Influence of Rome

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.

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Franz West at mumok: Wo ist mein achter?

Franz West: Where is my Eight? opens at The Hepworth Wakefield on 13 June.

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