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Nicolaes van Verendael, Still Life with a Lobster, 1678
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Still Lives

1 March 2024 - January 2025

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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This spring, The Hepworth Wakefield will explore the theme of still life in a new exhibition. Still Lives will display more than 70 works by over 50 artists across two galleries, illustrating the enduring nature of the still life genre throughout different epochs in art history, including post-impressionism, British modernism, surrealism and contemporary art.

The exhibition reflects upon the enduring inspiration artists have found in everyday objects, from an interest in colour and form, to a desire to capture their impermanence. While still life is traditionally associated with painting, the exhibition will feature works from a range of artistic mediums including sculpture, photography, ceramics, painting and works-on-paper.


Marie-Charlotte Carrier, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield said: ‘This thematic exhibition is timed to coincide with Wakefield’s ‘Our Year’ celebration of culture across the district throughout 2024. It showcases the breadth of Wakefield’s art collection, which was established a century ago in 1923 and continues to be developed by The Hepworth Wakefield today as a rich resource for Wakefield residents and visitors alike. While artists have been drawn to still life across the centuries, the genre has often been disregarded or considered less important in the history of art. Still Lives is a wonderful opportunity to show historic works that haven’t been displayed at The Hepworth Wakefield for a long time alongside new acquisitions that have joined the collection recently through the generosity of donors.’


Artists on display

Eileen Agar, Vanessa Bell, Francis Butterfield, Steven Claydon, John Collier, Alexandre da Cunha, Margaret Firth, Jacob Foppens van Es, Roger Fry, Kaff Gerard, Juan Gris, Anthea Hamilton, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Ivon Hitchens, Frances Hodgkins, Hazel King-Farlow, Mabel Layng, Rene Matić, Bernard Meninsky, Prafulla Mohanti, Emily Murray Patterson, Ben Nicholson, E.Q Nicholson, Willem Ormea, Anne Estelle Rice, Lucie Rie, Eva Rothschild, Veronica Ryan, William Scott, Walter Richard Sickert, Geer Van Velde, Nicolaes van Verendael, Caroline Walker and more….