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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.



The Hepworth Wakefield is seeking a new Chair who will be an energetic advocate for the gallery and its important role as a catalyst for regeneration in Wakefield. Someone with a keen interest in arts and culture, our ideal candidate will be passionate about the levelling-up agenda and engaging with local communities to inspire positive change in the district.

For more information about the role please see Chair Candidate Brief.

If you are interested in applying follow this link for more information. For an informal conversation about the role, please contact James Bailey Johnson: James.BaileyJohnson@odgersberndtson.com or Samantha Colt: Samantha.Colt@odgersberndtson.com.

The closing date for applications is 29 November 2021.

We are committed to ensuring everyone can access to the application processes. This includes people with sight loss, hearing, mobility and cognitive impairments. Should you require access to these documents in alternative formats, please contact victoria.mayes@odgersberndtson.com.

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.