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Filming, photography & launches

Our award winning, David Chipperfield designed building has over 1,600 square metres of light-filled gallery spaces, stunning contemporary public areas and event spaces varying in style and size.

The Hepworth Wakefield is a blank canvas venue, ready to be transformed into the ultimate backdrop for your event - putting the focus on your product in the perfect setting. Our wider site comprises an imposing pedestrian bridge with views to the local boatyard, a large lawned area, sculpture gardens and an industrial backdrop of adjacent 18th century textile mills including The Calder, a red brick, 800 square metre space, which is available for hire.  

We can accommodate all sizes and types of filming, photography and launches. From product launches to feature films we have a space available for every event. Previous companies to have hired our venue include: clothing label Duck & Cover, Mercedes, Matador Pictures, Channel 4 News, Netflix and the BBC.

“Thank you so much for such a fabulous event - your beautiful gallery is amazing and we had a great time working with you.” Mercedes Benz UK

Our spaces

Centrally located within the UK, The Hepworth Wakefield is at the heart of the North of England in West Yorkshire. We are located just a 5 minute drive from the M1 and a mainline route from London Kings Cross.

The gallery benefits from its own car park which can be used by your guests. The site has a large lawned area and private access road, ideal for supporting test drives.

The Auditorium

This multi functional, versatile space is the perfect place to host presentations, showcase products and wow your guests with the ultimate dining experience overlooking the beautiful weir. Holds up to 125 people for a reception, 100 in theatre style and 90 in a cabaret layout.

The Calder

A large converted 800 square metre Victorian Mill. Its scale and aesthetic make it a wonderful space for photo shoots, launches and dinners. Holds up to 280 people.

The Foyer

Out of hours, this space can be transformed into a platform to showcase your product. With room to host vehicles and for guests to network, it is an ideal space for key note presentations and evening drinks receptions.

Studio Spaces

The studios are suited for smaller presentations and training activities and come completed with ceiling mounted projectors. Spaces can be used individually or in combination. The adjoining reception area is the perfect size to showcase a vehicle.

Galleries

A particularly grand event demands an exclusive backdrop.  Our first floor galleries comprise 10 spaces hosting a world class collection of modern British art and contemporary exhibitions. The spaces themselves offer high ceilings, white walls and large windows with stunning views across the district.

Outside

The Hepworth Wakefield’s concrete façade nestled within the banks of the river Calder forms an amazing backdrop. Adjacent to the building is a large lawn, sculpture garden and Café Bar terrace, perfect for al fresco entertaining. Our lawn can host large scale events with or without a marquee.

Backstage areas

Private meeting rooms are available to use as a base for your event team.  These quiet rooms, away from the main event offer the ideal space to manage event logistics. Printing facilities can be provided and WiFi is available throughout. Our loading bay and goods lift can also be made available.

Food & Drink

Catering is provided through our own in-house team who also operate our Café Bar. Our menus use the finest local, seasonal produce to create the perfect food for your event – from exquisite canapés through to full formal dining. The Café Bar and adjoining riverside terrace can also be the perfect space to entertain your guests.

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