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The Hepworth Wakefield Without Men

Art historian Katy Hessel (author of The Story of Art Without Men and creator of The Great Women Artists podcast) has looked at 10 works in Wakefield’s art collection by women and gender non-conforming artists and recorded an audio guide for visitors to The Hepworth Wakefield. Katy’s guide will navigate you around the collection works on display starting with Jadé Fadojutimi’s painting, Ob-sess-(h)ion, and ending in our permanent Barbara Hepworth exhibitions.


Illustration of The Hepworth Wakefield by Fee Greening

STOP 1: Jadé Fadojutimi, Ob-sess-(h)ion, 2020

Jadé Fadojutimi, Ob-sess(h)-ion, 2020. Image courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London © Jadé  Fadojutimi, 2020. Photo: Mark Blower

STOP 2: Barbara Hepworth, Two Forms (White Greek), 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Two Forms with White (Greek), 1963. Barbara Hepworth © Bowness. Wakefield Permanent Art Collection (The Hepworth Wakefield) Photo: Jonty Wilde

STOP 3: Lucie Rie, Vase with Flared Rim

Lucie Rie, Vase with flared Rim. Ceramic. The Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield Council Permanent Art Collection). Gift from Gilbert and Pauline Ross, 2021. Photo: Anna Bridson

STOP 4: Rene Matić, Southbank Centre Dressing Room II, London, 2023

Rene Matić, Southbank Centre Dressing Room II, London, 2023. Courtesy of The Artist and Arcadia Missa, London. Photo: Nathan Vidler

STOP 5: Anthea Hamilton, Leg Chair (SUSHI NORI), 2012

Anthea Hamilton, Leg Chair (SUSHI NORI), 2012. Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2015 © Courtesy the artist.

STOP 6: Veronica Ryan, Sweet Dreams are Made of These, 2021

Veronica Ryan, Sweet Dreams are Made of These, 2021. Photo: George Baggaley

STOP 7: Magdalene Odundo, Asymmetric Vessel, 2021

Dame Magdalene Odundo Asymmetric Vessel, 2021 (front view)

STOP 8: Barbara Hepworth, Mother and Child, 1934

Barbara Hepworth, Mother and Child, 1934. Pink Ancaster stone. Purchased by Wakefield Corporation in 1951. Barbara Hepworth © Bowness.

STOP 9: Barbara Hepworth, Prototype for Winged Figure, 1961-2

Barbara Hepworth, Prototype for Winged Figure, 1961–2. Barbara Hepworth © Bowness. Photography Jonty Wilde

STOP 10: Kim Lim, Day, 1966

Kim Lim, Day, 1966. © Estate of Kim Lim. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2023. The Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield Council Permanent Art Collection). Photo: Nick Singleton

Museums Without Men is an ever-growing series created by art historian and author Katy Hessel that introduces museum visitors to underrepresented and often lesser-known artists, opening collections up to new and existing audiences who will be able to follow the audio stops while in the galleries or online. The series links public institutions globally, foregrounding the important work which museums and galleries do by collecting and displaying women and gender non-conforming artists, whether historical or contemporary.

The series launches with five participating institutions: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (1 March), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (8 March), The Hepworth Wakefield (19 March), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (22 March), and Tate Britain (w/c 25 March).