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The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed over 2.5 million visitors since opening in May 2011 and is now established as one of the most successful public art galleries in the UK, attracting critical acclaim and audiences from around the world.

We present an ambitious programme of major exhibitions of the best international modern and contemporary art, alongside innovative displays drawn from Wakefield’s growing art collection. Central to our work is our learning programme that engages schools, families, adults and local community groups through inspiring creative learning opportunities. In 2019, we opened The Hepworth Wakefield Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, to complement our David Chipperfield-designed gallery and provide an inspiring public garden, free for all to enjoy. We have recently been joined by neighbours Tileyard North, who have developed the 19th century mill complex opposite the gallery into a vibrant hub for the creative industries. We are now embarking upon two capital projects to complete our wider waterfront site, including returning our much-loved playground and creating a workshop and yard space for our Gardener and her team of volunteers.

We are committed to improving diversity within our organisation and we welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented within the arts sector. Our inclusive recruitment practices include:

  • Ensuring our jobs are widely advertised to reach a diverse range of applicants
  • Using an anonymised application process for shortlisting where possible
  • Applying positive action where legal and appropriate
  • Actively monitoring the diversity of our applicants
  • Ensuring our job descriptions are inclusive
  • Ensuring shortlisting and interview panels are as diverse as possible
  • Sharing interview questions ahead of interviews in most cases
  • Staff training

The Hepworth Wakefield is a Disability Confident Employer and any applicants who identify as disabled and meet the minimum criteria will be offered an interview. If you would like to declare you have a disability in order for this to be taken into consideration or you require any reasonable adjustments for any part of the recruitment process, please contact Alexa Becker (HR Manager) on alexabecker@hepworthwakefield.org.

The Hepworth Wakefield is proud to confirm we are a Living Wage Employer, certified by the Living Wage Foundation.

Benefits for contracted staff include:

  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising by a day after each year of service in your first three years up to 28 days
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption entitlements
  • Enhanced sick pay entitlements
  • Employee Assistance Programme offering confidential support services for you and your immediate family
  • Occupational Health Service
  • Free eye tests run by Specsavers
  • Group Pension Plan run by Royal London, including an employer contribution of up to 6%
  • Staff discount in the shop and café
  • Hybrid working, combining office based work with working from home, for appropriate roles

Our mission is to create experiences that inspire, captivate, surprise and enhance everyone’s lives. Our team is bold, open and we embrace quality and innovation and we value all our staff and their commitment to driving our success. Read our Vision, Mission and Values here. If you would like to join our highly motivated team please see our current vacancies below.


Casual Visitor Experience & Welcome Assistant

£11.45 per hour

This is a casual role with hours offered as and when they are available. Availability is required weekends and Mondays during July and August but there may be other shifts available at other times.

We are recruiting Casual Visitor Experience & Welcome Assistants to join our Visitor Experience team as we look forward to a busy summer following the opening of two new exhibitions Hurvin Anderson: Salon Paintings & Hurvin Anderson Curates.

Our Casual Visitor Experience & Welcome Assistants provide visitors with the warmest welcome, interpret our exhibitions and ensure the safety and security of our visitors, building and collections, as well as proactively upselling exhibition tickets, memberships and relevant merchandise such as guidebooks and exhibition catalogues. You will deliver a first-class visitor experience and ensure that they are inspired to return. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a passion for the arts and experience of providing customer service excellence within a sales role – if this sounds like you, we would love you hear from you!

For more information about the role please see the job description Casual Visitor Experience & Welcome Assistant JD

For details on how to apply please see below.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 26 June 2023

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 4 July 2023

Director of Development

£50,000 – £55,000 per annum dependent on experience

Full-time – 37 hours per week however flexible working will be considered including compressed hours, reduced hours (minimum 29.6 hours) and flexible start and finish times

Hybrid working options available


As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Director of Development will contribute to the overall strategic leadership of The Hepworth Wakefield. They will have an unique opportunity to shape our fundraising strategy and Development team, oversee the implementation of a new CRM system and lead on the fundraising campaigns for two important capital development projects. We are looking for an excellent strategic fundraiser with experience in all areas of giving (Trusts & Foundations, individual giving and corporate partnerships) who has built up a solid network of contacts and has a collegiate style to working collaboratively to achieve our long-term ambitions. You will need clear understanding of the sector, be an excellent communicator, enjoy relationship-building and have strong financial acumen. If you have the vision, skills, experience and leadership qualities we are looking for, then we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Please see recruitment pack for more details about The Hepworth Wakefield and the role THW Recruitment Pack_Director of Development

For details on how to apply please see below.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 12 June 2023

Interviews will take place on Thursday 29 June 2023

How to apply

To apply for one of our vacancies, unless otherwise stated please complete an Application Form. Please ensure application forms are sent as Word documents only to allow us to anonymise them before shortlisting. To help us to monitor and review our inclusive recruitment practices, please also complete a Recruitment Diversity Monitoring Form . If you have any feedback on any of our recruitment practices or need any assistance accessing the forms please contact  Alexa Becker.

Your completed application form and recruitment diversity monitoring form should be sent to recruitment@hepworthwakefield.org.