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Into Abstraction

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This new display will explore how artists working in 1930s Britain turned to abstraction in order to evolve a universal language of art that could engage any viewer. Work by contemporary artists including Bridget Riley and a new acquisition by Cerith Wyn Evans reveal the enduring nature of abstraction as a universal language over time and in changing contexts.

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The Hepworth Family Gift / Hepworth At Work

On permanent display, free entry

The Hepworth Family Gift consists of 44 full size, rarely seen working models - surviving prototypes in plaster and aluminium made in preparation for the works in bronze Hepworth executed from the mid-1950s to the end of her career.

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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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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 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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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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Owen Bowen, The Wayside, Weardley. © the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Hepworth Wakefield.

Online Workshop: Landscape Painting

Sat 6 Mar 2021, 10.30am - 4pm, £60 / Members £45

Join us for the first of two online painting workshops led by Yorkshire-based artist Richard Kitson, which take inspiration from works in the Wakefield Permanent Art Collection.

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The Hepworth Wakefield ONLINE Print Fair

ONLINE Fri 12 - Sun 28 Mar 2021

Our popular Print Fair returns, celebrating the art of printmaking and showcasing work by emerging and established UK-based artists, designers and illustrators.

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Online Workshop: Still Life Painting

Sat 10 Apr 2021, 10.30am - 4pm, £60 / Members £45

Join us for the second of two online painting workshops led by Yorkshire-based artist Richard Kitson.

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Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life

21 May 2021 – 27 Feb 2022, £12 / £10 / FREE for Members, Wakefield residents and under 16s

In summer 2021, to mark The Hepworth Wakefield’s 10th anniversary, the gallery will organise the most expansive exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s work since the artist’s death in 1975.

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Our past exhibitions

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