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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.

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Portobello Plays

Summer 2017

Over Summer 2017 The Hepworth Wakefield worked with one the gallery’s nearest communities, Portobello, running a project with local children and families to create a piece of sculpture that can be played on.

Year 6 students from Sandal Castle Primary School worked with The Hepworth Wakefield and artist Natalie Finnemore to investigate sculpture and play. During workshops led by Natalie they experimented with large group sculpture making, wooden-sculpture construction, paper sculptures and designed their own play sculptures. Natalie collated their ideas, shapes and colours to make a final play sculpture to climb, hide and play on.

Natalie Finnemore’s playful sculpture Portobello was then unveiled for National Playday, a national celebration of children’s right to play. Over 2200 visitors also worked with artists to transform our outside space into a creative playground, building dens, soft structures, and messy play.

Portobello then resided at the Rainbow Café at Portobello Hub every Thursday throughout August as part of the community’s Soul Portobello activities. Artists ran workshops with families inspired by the sculpture exploring balance, movement, large scale drawing and family den building.

Autistic children and their families

February 2017

We worked with local autistic children and their families to develop gallery resources. The group joined us for a series of activities to explore creative engagement in the galleries. They worked with artists Jo Blaker and Bryony Pritchard to discover materials, objects and processes linked to Hepworth’s work, and to explore sensory play and open ended exploration in the galleries and our learning studios.

The artists responded to the families’ creative journeys to make resources for everyone to enjoy in the galleries. These resources can be found in our Explore & Draw stations permanently available for families visiting the gallery.

These stations include tactile handling objects, looking tools, soft sculptural objects, drawing materials and informative cards linked to artworks that prompt exploration.

This project was generously funded by Clore.

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