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Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1936 Elmwood. 64 x 115 x 52.5 cm. Purchased with aid from the Victoria and Albert Purchase Fund, Wakefield Corporation and Wakefield Permanent Art Fund (Friends of Wakefield Art Gallery and Museums), 1942. Photo Stuart Whipps © Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation
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Wakefield: A Contemporary Collection

On display from Sat 5 Oct 2019, free entry

Wakefield Art Gallery opened in 1932 housing a collection established with the aim ‘to keep in touch with modern art, in its relations to modern life’.

Over the next eighty years, the gallery continued to acquire works by important British artists who had championed art as a reflection of contemporary experience. This included works by Prunella Clough, L. S. Lowry and Yorkshire-born artists John Atkinson Grimshaw and his son Louis Hubbard Grimshaw, all of whom celebrated everyday life. The gallery gave particular support to emerging local artists Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, acquiring their work early in their careers.

Since opening in 2011, The Hepworth Wakefield has maintained this tradition of supporting artists. The gallery continues to grow the collection and encourage emerging and established talent, building on Hepworth’s legacy of artistic ambition and inspiration in Wakefield.

Installation image of Magali Reus, Harlequin Darts, 2016 on display as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 at The Hepworth Wakefield. Photo: Lewis Ronald