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The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed over 2.3 million visitors since opening in May 2011 and is now firmly established as a major local, national and international attraction, winning Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2017.

The gallery presents acclaimed major exhibitions of the best international modern and contemporary art. It is also home to Wakefield’s important and growing collection of modern British and contemporary art. In August 2019 we opened The Hepworth Wakefield Garden. Designed by internationally renowned designer Tom Stuart-Smith, it features several sculptures, and is free for all to enjoy. This year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary with Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life, the largest exhibition since the artist’s death in 1975.

The Hepworth Wakefield is committed to improving diversity and tackling systemic racism within our organisation and we require all our employees to share and deliver on this commitment. We have adapted our recruitment practices to help us achieve this by:

  • Ensuring our jobs are widely advertised to reach a diverse range of applicants
  • Using an anonymised application process for shortlisting where possible
  • Delivering unconscious bias training for all staff
  • Delivering equality & diversity training for all staff
  • 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

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented within the arts sector.

The Hepworth Wakefield is  Disability Confident Committed and we have pledged to ensure that  disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations within our organisation. As part of this commitment, any applicants who identify as disabled and meet the minimum criteria will be offered an interview. If you require any reasonable adjustments for any part of the recruitment process, please contact Alexa Becker.

We know we have a lot of work to do to improve the diversity of the team at The Hepworth Wakefield, if you have any feedback on any of our recruitment practices please contact Alexa Becker.  Please help us to monitor our progress by filling in an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (see below) and returning it with your application form.

We value all our staff and their commitment to driving our success.

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

If you would like to join our highly motivated and successful team please see our current vacancies below.


Artist Educators (Freelance)

We are seeking freelance artist educators to collaborate on our Learning programmes. Our Learning programme works with over 40,000 participants a year, focusing on engaging local audiences with our exhibitions programme and displays of Wakefield’s art collection.

We are looking to recruit early career and experienced artist educators based in Yorkshire. Artist educators will work across our Learning programmes, devising and delivering workshops and projects for schools and colleges, families, young people outside of formal education and our local communities.

We are seeking artists working in the following disciplines:

Mark making
Outdoor learning

We are seeking artists with experience of teaching in the classroom (KS1–4, FE) and facilitating teacher CPD; artists with experience of developing resources for students, teachers and families exploring visual arts, nature and architecture; and artists with recent experience of facilitating creative workshops on digital platforms.

We are particularly interested in collaborating with artists who have an interest in mindful practices, and experience of devising and delivering workshops for neurodiverse audiences, children and adults with disabilities and special educational needs, English as an additional language and those with lived experience of mental health.

To apply, please detail your artistic practice and experience of facilitating cultural engagement with schools and colleges, families, young people and community groups on no more than two sides of A4 paper. Please also provide web links to artist blogs/websites or provide digital images of recent artwork. Applications should be sent to learning@hepworthwakefield.org

The deadline for applications is Monday 18 October.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 4 November.

Casual Learning Facilitator 

£8.91 per hour

We are looking to grow our team of Casual Learning Facilitators who support the preparation and delivery of activity across the Learning programmes, ranging from family workshops on weekends and during school holidays, to projects within schools and informal learning settings, and activities in local community settings.

The ideal candidates will share our passion for supporting families, young people, students and adults to playfully explore the artworks, architecture and green spaces at the gallery through high quality artist-led activities.

For more information about the role please see the job description Casual Learning JD Sept 2021

If you would like to apply please send a completed application form to recruitment@hepworthwakefield.org, along with an equal opportunities monitoring form. Please ensure forms are sent as Word documents only.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 18 October 2021.

Commis Chef 

£22,000 per annum

Full-time – 37 hours per week on a rota, usually daytime & including weekends


Our beautifully designed Garden Café opened in February serving hot and cold drinks and fresh cakes and The Gallery Café re-opened at the end of May with an exciting new menu using locally sourced and seasonal produce. We are now looking for an experienced Commis Chef with a passion for high quality food and drink to join the team and help us to continue to build on our success with an outstanding catering offer. This is an exciting opportunity to work in an acclaimed building as part of a fantastic team, working together to achieve the best results.

You will enjoy preparing and serving lunch focused dishes to a high standard and providing a smooth-running service, as-well as sharing your ideas about the offer and helping to ensure our visitors have the best possible experience. The Hepworth Wakefield is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities and we welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.



How to apply

Our team is bold, open and we embrace innovation. Our Mission is to create experiences that inspire, captivate, surprise and enhance everyone’s lives. Read our Vision, Mission and Values

If you fit this description and would like to apply for one of our  jobs please complete an application form. We promote diversity and equal opportunities, please help us to monitor this by filling in an equal opportunities monitoring form.

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

Please ensure forms are sent as Word documents only.