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A Contemporary Collection

Exhibitions

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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

On permanent display - FREE

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

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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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The Hepworth Family Gift / Hepworth At Work

Exhibitions / Permanent exhibitions

On permanent display

The Hepworth Family Gift consists of 44 full size, rarely seen working models - surviving prototypes in plaster and aluminium made in preparation for the works in bronze Hepworth executed from the mid-1950s to the end of her career.

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Vision & Reality: 100 Years of Contemporary Art in Wakefield

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POSTPONED

Wakefield’s art collection was established in the 1920s to nurture a public understanding of contemporary art and its relation to modern life – a collecting principle still followed by The Hepworth Wakefield today. This exhibition will demonstrate how the collection has been strategically developed over nearly 10 years since The Hepworth Wakefield opened.

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A Collection for Wakefield

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On permanent display, FREE entry

On display are recent acquisitions of work by artists including Wilfred Avery and Jennifer Lee, alongside paintings by Howard Hodgkin, L.S. Lowry and Yorkshire-born artist John Atkinson Grimshaw.

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Bill Brandt / Henry Moore

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Open Wed - Sun until 1 Nov 2020

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Material Encounters

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On display until Nov 2020, FREE entry

The works on display in this exhibition have been selected from Wakefield's art collection to reveal the wide variety of materials artists have used to express sculptural ideas – through abstraction and figuration, and from the early twentieth century up to the present day. 

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Seanna Doonan at The Hepworth Café

Exhibitions

On display from Sat 1 Aug, FREE ENTRY

Visit The Hepworth Café and see a new exhibition of work by Wakefield based artist Seanna Doonan.

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Christina Quarles

Exhibitions

19 October 2019 - 19 January 2020

The Hepworth Wakefield will present the first solo exhibition in a European museum by American artist Christina Quarles.

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