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Ronald Moody working on Johanaan, 1963. © Val Wilmer. Photo: Val Wilmer.
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Ronald Moody: Sculpting Life

22 June - 3 November 2024

Exhibition entry is £13 / £11 / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s. Ticket includes entry to all our gallery spaces on the day of visit.

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‘One of the most eagerly awaited shows of the year’ Observer

Jamaican-born sculptor Ronald Moody is one of the most significant artists of the 20th century and this major exhibition will explore the development of Moody’s art as well as his contribution and impact on British and international art history.

The exhibition will bring together over 50 Moody works from large-scale figurative sculptures made in wood in the 1930s through to post-war experimentation with concrete and resin casting. These works will be set within the context of his contemporaries Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, artists he exhibited alongside such as Eileen Agar and his friend Jacob Epstein, as well as the group known as the Caribbean Artists Movement of which Moody was a founding member.

Sculpting Life will also include his broader creative endeavours such as poetry, writings and audio broadcasts that he turned to at the advent of the Second World War in which he discusses his artistic influences. This archive section will be presented in a specially commissioned installation by Sheffield-based artist Kedisha Coakley.

To coincide with the exhibition, a new biography, Ronald Moody: Sculpting Life by Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski is published by Thames & Hudson in association with The Hepworth Wakefield on 20 June.

Kedisha Coakley

Sheffield-based artist Kedisha Coakley’s (b.1982, London) practice spans sculpture, photography, predominantly printmaking with braided hair, and casting in bronze, through which she interrogates Black histories and experiences.

Coakley’s work begins as a personal investigation of self, childhood memories and ritualistic practices in the lives of Black communities, and what they signify universally in the world. A timely expression of Black identity, she investigates the overlooked by remixing aesthetics, techniques and cultural references throughout her work.




Exhibition supported by

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The Ronald Moody Trust

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