The Hepworth Gallery Wakefield

The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield opened in 2011. The gallery is named after the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, who was born in Wakefield.

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The gallery is situated on the souther bank of the River Calder. Large windows afford great views of the river.

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It was interesting to see a mock-up of Hepworth’s studio and watch videos about her work, particularly how she created enormous outdoor sculptures such as ‘Single Form’ which sits outside the United Nations Building in New York.

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Hepworth used several different materials for her pieces including wood, marble, string and bronze. Below is ‘Two Forms with White (Greek)’ made with Guarea wood.

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You can see use of string in the model of ‘Oval Form with Sting’. I like the pattern created by the sting in the hole of the sculpture.

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A model of ‘Winged Figure’. commissioned by John Lewis for their Oxford Street store, is at the back of the photo below.

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Below are some more sculptures by Hepworth.

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There were several exhibitions of photos by Martin Parr when I visited.

The ‘Rhubarb Triangle’ depicted the production of early-forced rhubarb in West Yorkshire.

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Evidently, rhubarb craft beer which had been brewed in coincide with the exhibition was for sale in the gallery shop. As a teetotaller I wasn’t tempted.

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‘Autoportrait’ was a display of photos of Martin Parr in a variety of locations.

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Here are some photos of other pieces that I liked at the Hepworth.

In this piece the man had what looked like black rocks for brains.

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I thought that the Snoopy canvas was cute.

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I liked the way that the Laburnum, visible through the window, provided a backdrop for the sculpture.

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I thought that the Hepworth Gallery was wonderful.

I’s free to enter. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday). Late night opening until 9pm is on the third Thursday of the month.