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Visiting with a family

With free activities for families every weekend and school holiday, The Hepworth Wakefield is your space to explore, play and create together.

We offer an excellent programme of activity for children of all ages, from artist-led drop-in workshops, to Explore & Draw stations in the gallery. Children will discover  ideas, processes and materials linked to the artworks in the exhibitions and collections displays. See what’s on

We also have a picnic area, outdoor playground and changing facilities. Find out more about our facilities.

Bookable workshops and courses

Various school holidays

Discover and create with artists to learn creative skills, make new friends and explore the gallery. Creative workshops and courses for children and young people from 6 to 16 year olds, during special events and school holidays.

Browse our events to find something for you and your family


Portobello Plays

Summer 2017

Year 6 students from local school Sandal Castle Primary have been working with The Hepworth Wakefield and artist Natalie Finnemore.

They investigated sculpture and how they can be made to play on. Workshops included making large group sculptures, creating paper sculptures, printmaking, wooden-sculpture construction and designing their own play sculpture.

Natalie took ideas, shapes and colours from the school project to make a play sculpture to climb, hide and play on.

The sculpture was hugely popular at our National Playday event on 2 Aug 2017 and went on to reside at the Rainbow Café at Portobello Hub every Thursday throughout August 2017 as part of Soul Portobello activities.

Autistic children and their families

February 2017

We’ve been working to develop our gallery resources with local families.  A group of autistic children and their families joined us for a series of sessions to explore creative engagement in the galleries.

The group worked with artists Jo Blaker and Bryony Pritchard to discover materials, objects and activities linked the Hepworth family gift.

Jo and Bryony responded to the families’ creative journeys to make resources for children of all ages to use in the galleries. Resources informed by this project can be found in our Explore & Draw stations in the galleries.

This project was generously funded by Clore.

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