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Vision & Reality: 100 Years of Contemporary Art in Wakefield


Wakefield’s art collection was established in the 1920s to nurture a public understanding of contemporary art and its relation to modern life – a collecting principle still followed by The Hepworth Wakefield today. This exhibition will demonstrate how the collection has been strategically developed over nearly 10 years since The Hepworth Wakefield opened.

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A Collection for Wakefield

On permanent display, FREE entry

On display are recent acquisitions of work by artists including Wilfred Avery and Jennifer Lee, alongside paintings by Howard Hodgkin, L.S. Lowry and Yorkshire-born artist John Atkinson Grimshaw.

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A Contemporary Collection

On permanent display, FREE entry

This new display presents contemporary artworks that have been acquired for Wakefield since The Hepworth Wakefield opened in 2011.

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The Hepworth Wakefield Garden

Open daily, FREE entry

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden, designed by internationally acclaimed garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith, is a beautifully landscaped garden free for all to enjoy.

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Barbara Hepworth

On permanent display, FREE entry

This exhibition provides a survey of Hepworth’s extraordinary career, from early wood carvings to iconic stringed sculptures and polished bronzes from the 1970s.

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The Hepworth Wakefield ONLINE Christmas Fair

ONLINE Fri 27 - Sun 29 Nov & Fri 4 - Sun 6 Dec 2020

Treat yourself and your loved ones from a variety of virtual stalls selling textiles, ceramics, jewellery, prints, handmade cosmetics, candles, stationery and homeware from some of the UK’s most talented artists and designers.

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Fused Glass Christmas Decorations

Sat 5 Dec 2020, 10.30am - 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm, £45 / Members £38.25

Explore glass making techniques with Twice Fired Glass and create a series of three beautiful decorations for your Christmas tree.

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Luxury Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Sat 12 Dec 2020, 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm, £50 / Members £42.50

Create a beautiful moss-based wreath for your home, using high quality seasonal foliage, berries, twigs and ornaments.

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Festive Willow Weaving Workshop

Sun 13 Dec 2020, 10.30am – 4pm, £80 / £68 Members

Explore the process of sculpting with willow and create a willow reindeer for your home or garden in this special festive workshop by Leilah Vyner of Dragon Willow.

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Novel Writing Workshop

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jan 2021, 10.30am - 4pm, £120 / Members £102

Join novelist Clare Fisher to explore and develop your writing style and create a structure for your novel.

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Future exhibitions

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Our past exhibitions

A guide to our ambitious, world-class exhibitions programme and collection displays since opening in 2011.