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Barbara Hepworth Art & Life

21 May 2021 – 27 Feb 2022
Open Wed – Sun, 10am – 4pm
£12 / £10 / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 16s

This major exhibition of Hepworth’s work marks the 10th birthday of The Hepworth Wakefield, the gallery founded in her name in 2011, in the city of her birth. For the first time, all 10 of our beautiful gallery spaces, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, are devoted to Hepworth.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Observer
‘An unmissable spring art show’ Financial Times

Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. She was at the forefront of multiple avant-garde art movements, with wide-ranging interests that infused her work. Deeply spiritual and passionately engaged with political and technological change, Hepworth focused on the dynamic physical encounter with sculpture and how this could allow the viewer to both reflect on and alter their perceptions and experiences of the world.

Starting from her roots in Yorkshire, we invite you on a journey from the modernist carving that launched her career in the 1920s and 1930s, through the iconic strung sculptures of the 1940s and 1950s, to her later large-scale commissions. This exhibition reveals how she integrated music, dance, science, space exploration, politics and religion, as well as events in her personal life, into her work, creating a singular vision of art and life.

Interventions by contemporary artists Tacita Dean, Bridget Riley and Veronica Ryan are presented throughout the exhibition, exploring Hepworth’s enduring artistic legacy.

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Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

21 May 2021 – 27 Feb 2022

Open Wed – Sun, 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

£12 / £10 / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 16s

FREE for Members, Wakefield residents and under 16s

Members can collect their free tickets from the welcome desk on arrival at the gallery. Become a Member here.

Wakefield district residents, children aged 16 and under, and carers accompanying disabled visitors also receive free entry*. Speak to our Visitor Welcome Assistants on arrival at the gallery to receive your ticket.

*View T&Cs here.


Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life written by Eleanor Clayton, £25. Buy online

Meet Barbara Hepworth on Google Arts & Culture


Join us for a season of events inspired by Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

In the press

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With special thanks to our 10th anniversary circle:

And all those who wish to remain anonymous.