The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture
26 Oct 2018 - 20 Jan 2019
★★★★ – The Guardian
★★★★ – The Telegraph
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture recognises a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage of their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. It is named after Barbara Hepworth, a sculptural pioneer in her own time, who benefited from prizes throughout her life.
The second Hepworth Prize for Sculpture was awarded to Cerith Wyn Evans at an award dinner at The Hepworth Wakefield on Thursday 15 November.
The shortlisted artists for the second iteration of the prize were Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai and Magali Reus. Each of theses artists demonstrates a singular voice that pushes the potential of the sculptural object in new directions.
This selection – and winner – was made by a panel including Sarah Brown, Principal Keeper, Leeds Art Gallery; Martin Clark, Director, Camden Arts Centre; Margot Heller OBE, Director, South London Gallery; and Helen Legg, Director, Tate Liverpool.
Visit our YouTube channel to view the shortlisted artists talking about their work in a series of newly commissioned films.
“I can’t even start to speak of what Hepworth means to me as an artist but I’m properly chuffed to have the chance to contribute to the f***ing amazing work The Hepworth Wakefield is doing”Read More
“I am delighted to be nominated for The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture and very honoured to have my name associated with that of the great artist. I look forward to exhibiting my work in The Hepworth Wakefield’s beautiful David Chipperfield designed gallery.”Read More
“I’m really surprised and delighted to be asked to be involved in the second incarnation of The Hepworth Prize For Sculpture, especially with such amazing company. I hope the show we produce will celebrate some of the many very different mindsets and realities that sculptural practice is, and also reveal its unique focus and concentration.”Read More
“I feel sculpture is an important meditation on our material world, a proposal for a physical confrontation between object(s) and viewer. While communication, friendship, fiscal transaction, the consequences of conflict feel increasingly elusive in our contemporary relationship to substance, sculpture remains a tangible staging ground for moments of physical encounter. I am both very honoured and thrilled to be part of an exhibition that is focusing on this kind of investigation.”Read More
Cerith Wyn Evans
“I’m delighted at the opportunity to engage with the architecture of The Hepworth Wakefield. It’s refreshing in its acknowledgement that the vicissitudes of light and time are intrinsic to the appreciation of sculpture and plastic form that for all too long has merely been considered 3-Dimensional.”Read More
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture is supported by:
David Liddiment and Stuart & Trish Fletcher.
Hiscox, The Henry Moore Foundation and Mtec: