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The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair: Introducing Lucy Pass, Little Lost Soul

Established in 2012, Little Lost Soul offers a range of clothing and accessories made with high quality materials and fabrics to create original, easy to wear designs that reach an effortless balance between comfort and style.  Read more

The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair: Advice to emerging artists

Most galleries are small businesses run in many instances by a single individual or a small team. This means that their time is limited and is usually a precious commodity. Therefore, when approaching galleries, it is important to bear this in mind. At PAPER, we look at all materials that are sent to us by artists; however, we have a policy that we will not reply to artists unless we have an opportunity to work with them. We even state this on the website. PAPER is a small gallery, yet we receive submissions on a daily basis. My time is used working on behalf of the artists we represent and supporting their practices, rather than writing sensitive and constructive feedback to artists.
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The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair: Introducing James Bywood

Returning to The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair for a second year, contemporary landscape artist James Bywood will be exhibiting a new selection of screen prints taken from his walks across northern England.

Still concentrating predominantly on the fells and lakes of Cumbria and The Peak District, James’s work has developed considerably in the last year. Capturing the essence of a view is still at the core of his practice, yet he is now increasingly incorporating graphical language more commonly seen in magazine and book printing into his work. This adventurous departure from previous work has given his new screen prints a unique quality, whilst still retaining the characteristic use of colour and mark that makes his work so popular. Read more

The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair: Artist’s Statement from Drusilla Cole

For over twenty five years, I taught as a Senior Lecturer at The University of the Arts, London. Surface Pattern has long been an interest of mine and I currently have several books published on the subject.

My artwork is figurative and often demonstrates my interest in vintage ceramics and quirky flea market finds. Another fascination is with unusual  architectural constructions. Fairground and circus scenes also appeal to me, and our beautiful countryside. Read more

GUEST BLOG: A Firm of Poets #FourUnderParr

It was way back in 2008. My band had signed to Universal, and I was in meeting after meeting with various departments; trying to decide which direction to take things in: videos, photo shoots, radio spots – all of which I was fairly clueless about. And then it came to artwork. Being a huge fan of The Smiths means that I’ve always put a great deal of importance on artwork, and I stressed that I wanted to go down a photographic route.

Social realism has always been a fixation of mine, and I was quite taken by work which I’d found by John Bulmer and Tom Wood. And then I discovered Martin Parr. Instantly I was completely blown away by his collections; ‘The Last Resort’ and, being a West Yorkshire lad, particularly ‘The Non-Comformists’. I became obsessed with Parr’s images. My enthusiasm was infectious, and eventually the head of marketing at the label agreed a fee with Magnum, but unfortunately it fell through at the last minute. Read more


19. Laurence Brand

This season we introduce a stunning collection of turned wood vessels by Lancashire based maker Laurence Brand. Drawing inspiration from the mechanical beauty in machines that surrounds him; Laurence strives to create elegant, refined objects for the home – made primarily from fine, native hardwoods. The work aims to celebrate honest and minimal design, elevate beautiful materials, and bring to light the rich process of making.  Read more

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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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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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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