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Barbara Hepworth

On permanent display - FREE

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This exhibition is a survey of Hepworth’s extraordinary career, from early work produced while growing up in Wakefield, to the iconic stringed sculptures and large-scale carvings made towards the end of her life.

Hepworth’s works are shown alongside a selection of paintings, prints and ceramics made by artist Hepworth knew and worked with in Cornwall. These include two recently donated paintings by Hepworth’s contemporary Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, and ceramics by Bernard and Janet Leach which were once owned by Hepworth and were given to Wakefield by her family in 2011.

Three works gifted to Wakefield at the beginning of the year through the Cultural Gifts Scheme will also go on display for the first time. They comprise a stringed bronze sculpture by Hepworth, Orpheus (1956); a bronze sculpture by Denis Mitchell who worked as Hepworth’s principle assistant for ten years; and a newly conserved landscape painting of Cornwall by William Scott.

A sculpture by contemporary artist Rebecca Warren is also on display, revealing Hepworth’s lasting artistic influence and a shared interest with how natural light can affect our experience of a sculpture throughout the day and across seasons.

Barbara Hepworth, Orpheus, 1956. Photo: Studio St Ives © Bowness

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