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A Living Collection

Exhibitions

11 March 2022 - 8 January 2023

This exhibition will showcase a number of important acquisitions made over the last two years, which will be displayed at the gallery for the very first time.

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Into Abstraction

Exhibitions

11 March 2022 - 8 January 2023

This exhibition will explore how, after initially finding success with figurative carvings in the 1920s and early 1930s, Barbara Hepworth developed a distinctive abstract practice that aimed ‘to discover some absolute essence in sculptural terms giving the quality of human relationships.’

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When Dreams Confront Reality: The Sherwin Collection

11 March 2022 - 8 January 2023

This exhibition is drawn from the Sherwin Collection, arguably the most important privately-owned collection of British Surrealism. The collection has now found a permanent home at The Hepworth Wakefield, greatly enhancing Wakefield’s holdings of Surrealist art.

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Sheila Hicks: Off Grid

Exhibitions

7 April - 25 September 2022

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Sheila Hicks is one of the world’s foremost artists investigating colour, form and texture. Drawing together over 70 works from international public and private collections, this major exhibition explores the many facets of Hicks’ ground-breaking work.

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Emii Alrai: A Core of Scar - Future Collect Commission

Exhibitions

7 April – 4 September 2022

Artist Emii Alrai will present a new commission at The Hepworth Wakefield as part of iniva's Future Collect programme. The commission investigates physical markers of the past, weaving together body, landscape and object as sites of memory.

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Prafulla Mohanti: Full Circle

Exhibitions

7 April - 4 September 2022

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Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life

Exhibitions

21 May 2021 – 27 Feb 2022

To mark The Hepworth Wakefield’s 10th anniversary, the largest exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s work since the artist’s death in 1975.

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A Contemporary Collection

Exhibitions

Postpond

This new display presents contemporary artworks that have been acquired for Wakefield since The Hepworth Wakefield opened in 2011.

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Barbara Hepworth

Exhibitions

01 Jan - 29 Apr 2021

This exhibition provides a survey of Hepworth’s extraordinary career, from early wood carvings to iconic stringed sculptures and polished bronzes from the 1970s.

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Into Abstraction: 100 Years of Contemporary Art in Wakfield

Exhibitions

Postponed

This new display will explore how artists working in 1930s Britain turned to abstraction in order to evolve a universal language of art that could engage any viewer. Work by contemporary artists including Bridget Riley and a new acquisition by Cerith Wyn Evans reveal the enduring nature of abstraction as a universal language over time and in changing contexts.

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