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Barbara Hepworth with the Gift plaster of Figure for Landscape and a bronze cast of Figure (Archaean) November 1964. Photograph: Lucien Myers. Barbara Hepworth © Bowness.
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Online Course: An Introduction to Barbara Hepworth

Tues 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug + 7 Sept 2021, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Join Eleanor Clayton, Curator of Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life and author of the accompanying biography for a comprehensive overview of Hepworth’s life and work alongside key movements in twentieth century art.

Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. She was at the forefront of multiple avant-garde art movements, with wide-ranging interests that infused her work. Deeply spiritual and passionately engaged with political and technological change, Hepworth focused on the dynamic physical encounter with sculpture and how this could allow the viewer to both reflect on and alter their perceptions and experiences of the world.

Taking place over six weeks from August to September, this short course will cover in detail the impact of Hepworth’s upbringing in Yorkshire upon her work and discuss its progression from the modernist carvings that launched her career in the 1920s and 1930s through to the iconic strung sculptures of the 1940s and 1950s and her later large-scale commissions. Within these sessions you will also learn how Hepworth integrated interests in music, dance, science, space exploration, politics and religion, as well as events in her personal life, into her work, creating a singular vision of art and life.

Download a course overview here.

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This course is suitable for anyone interested in finding out more about Hepworth’s work and the historical context she was working within. No experience of art history or curating is required. The course takes place over six consecutive weeks, tickets are for all sessions. Each session will offer participants the opportunity to ask questions.

Please note that this course takes place online and participants will be required to have a Zoom account. Times are given in GMT.


Participants are required to join the session live as recordings will not be circulated for home use. However, we are working towards making our online courses purchasable for viewing on our website in your own time. Please contact us to be informed when this is made available. Attendees of the live course will be informed automatically.


The Hepworth Wakefield events and workshops operate a fourteen day cancellation policy. Refunds are not available within fourteen days of the event. Should The Hepworth Wakefield have to cancel the event, your ticket will be refunded in full.


Members receive a 15% discount on ticket costs. Become a Member. Existing members please contact members@hepworthwakefield.org for a discount code that can be applied at the checkout.

Book your place online or if you have any questions or special requirements then don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing hello@hepworthwakefield.org.

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