The Hepworth Wakefield looks forward to an eventful 2014

PUBLISHED: 00:31 21 January 2014

Simon Wallis, director of The Hepworth Wakefield (photograph: Hannah Webster)

Simon Wallis, director of The Hepworth Wakefield (photograph: Hannah Webster)


After a milestone year, The Hepworth looks forward to an eventful 2014

It’s been an energetic and successful year for the gallery, writes Simon Wallis, director of The Hepworth Wakefield. We welcomed our one millionth visitor just two-and-a-half years since we opened; a milestone that offers a timely moment to look forward to what 2014 holds for us.

Having won the prestigious Clore Award for Learning at the Museum of the Year Awards in 2013, we’ll now be developing inspiring new work with families, children and young people in the region, delivering even more rewarding and fruitful partnerships with schools, colleges and universities via our Learning Programme, which is a vital and highly valued part of our charitable work.

We’re blessed in this wonderful county with inspiring neighbours who have come together to create the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, which includes ourselves, The Henry More Institute, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We work closely together to share and build audiences for art as a significant part of the region’s tourism economy.

Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle is putting our region on the international map as one of the world’s most important places to see and experience art. In a bid to maintain this level of global interest, we’ll be working with major Leeds-born, Los Angeles-based sculptor Thomas Houseago to realise a project for the Tour de France Grand Depart.

This year sees The Hepworth Wakefield stage two of its most ambitious exhibitions to date. We’re hosting the UK’s first retrospective of work by key American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia this month (February), followed in June by a major exhibition of the work of Austrian sculptor Franz West, one of the pivotal figures in post-war contemporary art.

Yorkshire-born sculptor Henry Moore and the role of public art will be celebrated in the gallery’s new outdoor commission to open in early summer. While Henry VIII’s armour is just one of the many treasures Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong is focusing on for his forthcoming autumn exhibition, in collaboration with the Royal Armouries in Leeds. And, of course, the gallery will also be participating creatively in the First World War centenary commemorations.

The gallery is free to visit and is open all year round. So what are you waiting for? We’ve had a million visitors, but we’ve always got room for one more. n

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