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Barbara Hepworth, Pierced Hemisphere, 1937. White marble. The Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield Permanent Art Collection) ©Bowness, Hepworth Estate Photo © Norman Taylor
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Barbara Hepworth

On permanent display

Free entry

Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield in 1903. Her father was a surveyor for West Riding County Council and Hepworth accompanied him on his inspections of local roads and bridges. She later wrote: ‘Perhaps what one wants to say is formed in childhood and the rest of one’s life is spent trying to say it. I know that all I felt during the early years of my life in Yorkshire is dynamic and constant in my life today.’

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

Barbara Hepworth, Spring (Plaster), 1966 Plaster with strings. 76.8 x 58.7 x 54.2 cm. Presented by the artist's daughters, Rachel Kidd and Sarah Bowness, through the Trustees of the Barbara Hepworth Estate and the Art Fund. © Bowness

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