Good morning everyone, hope you’re all OK.
Before I begin the second part of the Hepworth Art Gallery, what I’m about to say is going to make me sound very British, but the weather here in the U.K has been beautifully sunny! My mum and I had a nice little stroll the other day because it was so bright. Anyway, enough about the weather, lets get on with some pictures!
The Hyman Collection – This new exhibition of photographs by leading British photographers such as Shirley Baker, Bill Brandt, Anna Fox, Chris Killip, Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones explores our evolving relationship with the natural world and how this shapes individuals and communities. Drawn from the photography collection of Claire and James Hyman, Modern Nature includes around 60 photographs taken since the end of the Second World War, through the beginnings of de-industrialization to the present day.
The Hepworth Family Gift – In 1997 the Hepworth family gifted a major group of works to Wakefield, most of which are now on permanent display at The Hepworth Wakefield. The Hepworth Family Gift comprises 44 surviving prototypes in plaster, aluminium and wood, as well as drawings, lithographs and screen prints. Hepworth did not see the prototypes as works of art, but as the first stage in the process of casting a bronze or aluminium work. The majority of these works are the original plasters that Hepworth worked on with her own hands. You can see the marks of her tools on them. Texture was very important to Hepworth, and you get a good sense of this when you see these works in person. There is huge variety among the group, both in scale and texture.
Hepworth Sculptures – In 1956 Hepworth became interested in diverse materials and processes by beginning to work in bronze. This was particularly useful when she began to receive large-scale public commissions from 1958, which required a durable medium that would be suited for long-term display outside. Unlike most artists working at that time, Hepworth rarely made small models that would then be enlarged, noting in 1952, ‘If it is right in maquette form it would be utterly wrong when increased in size.’ To work in bronze she would build up plaster onto a metal frame, working the wet plaster to create textured surfaces before carving it when dry, and casting the sculptures to the same size.
The Winter Solstice – Winter Solstice was originally created in 1970 as part of Hepworth’s suite of screen-prints and lithographs known as ‘Opposing Forms’. This work expresses Hepworth’s interest in exploring a harmonious balance in the natural world as opposed to the disintegrating chaos we often interpret.
November Green – As a suite of work, ‘Opposing Forms’ does not demonstrate extreme opposites but rather the complementary nature of these opposing forces, the yin and yang, the sun and moon.
Opposing Forms – Inspired by the harmony and balance in nature, this screen-print is part of legendary British sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s Opposing Forms series. In the words of the artist herself these drawings are “sculptures born in the disguise of two dimensions.”
Open daily, 10am – 5pm
The Hepworth Wakefield
Getting There By Car:
The Hepworth Wakefield has its own car park located on Thornes Lane, WF1 5QJ
There are 82 spaces for cars in our car park, along with space for motorcycles, bicycles and disabled spaces.
Car Parking Costs:
£5 for up to 4 hours
£8 for over 4 hours
FREE during late night openings
Access Around The Gallery:
Wheelchair and Pushchair friendly.
We welcome Guide and Assistance Dogs in the galleries
The main public toilets are on the ground floor to the right hand side of the Welcome Desk at the rear of the foyer. There are three accessible toilets throughout the building, one on the ground floor, one in Gallery 6 and another in the Learning Studios.
There are two lifts available for public use, one is a standard lift and the other a goods lift available upon request. Lifts are located at the rear of the foyer by the stairway up to the first floor galleries
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