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Yorkshire Sculpture International

22 June - 29 September 2019

Free entry

Yorkshire Sculpture International – 100 days celebrating sculpture

For Yorkshire Sculpture International at The Hepworth Wakefield, this exhibition is centred around the idea of ‘truth to materials’, a concept adopted by British modernist artists including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, whose work forms the heart of Wakefield’s impressive art collection. It responds to their interest in how a sculptural form should be determined by the characteristics of the chosen material for the work, and explores how these relationships are approached by artists creating sculpture today.

As part of the exhibition, a series of new commissions and debut UK presentations will be presented by established and emerging artists from around the world including Tarek Atoui, Nairy Baghramian, Jimmie Durham, Wolfgang Laib and Tau Lewis.

Yorkshire Sculpture International is organised by four world-renowned cultural institutions – the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park – and will include major new outdoor commissions across both cities.


Wolfgang Laib

b. 1950, Germany

A major new installation by Wolfgang Laib, who only uses raw natural resources in his work, will take over one of  our largest galleries. Created with rice and pollen collected by the artist over a number of years from the fields surrounding his home, Laib explores the organic and life-giving qualities of the materials he uses, reflected in his meditative working practices of collecting and installing.

Nairy Baghramian

b. 1971, Iran

Baghramian will present Dwindlers, a sculptural series made of glass, zinc and resin, that will interact with the architecture of The Hepworth Wakefield and Chipperfield’s use of natural light. With their echoes of fragmented pipes and ducts, the Dwindlers sculptures are an expression of architectural elements usually concealed in public buildings and of the internal workings of the human body.

Tau Lewis

b. 1993, Canada

YSI will serve as the debut presentation outside of North America of self- taught, Jamaican-Canadian artist, Tau Lewis. A newly commissioned body of work will be on display featuring a large-scale collaged textile hanging, forms composed of found objects and soft figurative works with hand-carved plaster faces and feet. By stitching together found objects and materials from different cultures and places, often embedding personal belongings within her sculptures, Lewis explores the black diasporic experience and contemplates the erasure of histories.

Tarek Atoui

b. 1980, Lebanon

Artist and composer Atoui will present a specially commissioned sound installation that explores the acoustic properties of different materials. The installation will bring together an orchestra of new and existing instruments to experiment with different principles of composition, collaboration and performance. As part of Atoui’s immersive soundscape, the instruments will be played at regular intervals by invited performers.

Jimmie Durham

b. 1940, USA

Dialogue between modern British and contemporary sculpture will be introduced through a display of recent works by Jimmie Durham positioned in conversation with early carved sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Ronald Moody.

Durham’s sculptures combine parts of industrial equipment and domestic furniture with raw wood or stone and echo forms closely associated with modernist sculpture, such as the reclining figure.

This exhibition is kindly supported by