Revised opening hours from 1 August:
The Gallery, Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm
The Garden, open daily, 10am-5pm
Designed by the acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, The Hepworth Wakefield is set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront, overlooking the River Calder. The gallery opened in May 2011 and was awarded Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017. Named after Barbara Hepworth, one of the most important artists of the 20th century who was born and brought up in Wakefield, the gallery presents major exhibitions of the best international modern and contemporary art. It is also home to Wakefield’s art collection – an impressive compendium of modern British and contemporary art – and has dedicated galleries exploring Hepworth’s art and working process.
The Hepworth Wakefield will reopen its doors to the public on 1 August. Initially the gallery will be open Weds-Sun, 10am-5pm. On display will be the popular and critically acclaimed Bill Brandt / Henry Moore exhibition, extended until 1 November. Advance booking is available now and is strongly recommended.
Six free galleries present works from Wakefield’s art collection. Two galleries are dedicated to Barbara Hepworth and her creative process, including a full-sized plaster cast for her famous Winged Figure, as well as her work bench and tools. Another gallery explores work by Hepworth’s friends and peers in St Ives, including work by Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Bernard Leach and Ben Nicholson.
Outside, visitors can enjoy The Hepworth Wakefield Garden designed by internationally renowned garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith. The garden has grown into a tapestry of beautiful blooms and Stuart-Smith’s distinctive planting provides the perfect setting for outdoor sculptures. On display are artworks by Lynn Chadwick, Sir Michael Craig-Martin, Barbara Hepworth and Rebecca Warren, reflecting the combination of modern and contemporary art to be found inside the gallery. The garden is open daily and free to all.
A range of measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers. These include hygiene stations with hand sanitiser throughout the building, monitoring of room capacity to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to, all staff wearing face coverings, with visitors also encouraged to wear face masks and regular cleaning of public areas throughout the day.