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The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden

We’re working with acclaimed landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith to create one of the UK’s largest free public gardens. The garden, measuring approximately 6000 square metres, will be developed in the space between our building and neighbouring Victorian mill buildings.

The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden

Tom Stuart-Smith’s proposed garden is a modern, romantic response to this varied post-industrial location with its riverside setting, robust industrial buildings and the angular sculptural form of The Hepworth Wakefield, instilling this with a naturalism which reflects Barbara Hepworth’s deeply felt connection with landscape.

‘I began to imagine the earth rising and becoming human. I speculated as to how I was to find my own identification, as a human being and a sculptor, with the landscape around me.’

Barbara Hepworth

A wall will separate the garden from the main road, with the open spaces composed of paving and lawn, reflecting the ways in which people use space and move through it, sometimes stopping to chat or look, sometimes moving in a hurry and with variety of places for people to sit. The variety of open spaces also gives flexibility to the garden so it can be used for medium sized events.

Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom said “I am delighted to be selected for this ambitious new project for The Hepworth Wakefield. Public commissions like these are scarce in the UK. I truly believe in the community and health benefits that gardens can bring and I am particularly excited by the socially transformative opportunities of this project. I am looking forward to working with the gallery to create a beautiful public space in this riverside setting that will be treasured by local residents and visitors alike.”

This project is supported by

Jeremy and Martine Burton

Stuart and Trish Fletcher

 

 

You can support the project by donating online or by contacting LouisaWood@hepworthwakefield.org