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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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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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