Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield


Trips & Adventures – 18 April 2019

On a beautiful sunny day we took the train from Manchester to Wakefield, changing at Huddersfield and arriving in time for lunch!

It was a short walk to the Hepworth Gallery, an award winning art museum in Wakefield which opened on 21 May 2011. The gallery is situated on the south side of the River Calder and takes its name from artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth who was born and educated in the city.

The Hepworth is home to Wakefield’s art collection – an impressive compendium of modern British art, including works by L S Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore as well as work by significant contemporary artists.

Our plan was to view the photographic exhibition “Modern Nature”: British photographs from The Hyman Collection, but we also saw Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things, an exhibition of vessels and historic objects that have inspired her from across the globe, as well as some of the permanent exhibits.

Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975), although deeply religious, had unorthodox beliefs, combining Christian Science and Anglicanism, and she saw her work as an extension of her faith. In 1955, she wrote, “Sculpture, to me, is primitive, religious, passionate, and magical – always, always, affirmative.”

More photos can be seen here.


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