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 Garden, designed by internationally renowned landscaped architect Tom Stuart-Smith, opened alongside the gallery in 2019 and is free for all to enjoy.
About these resources
During the Covid-19 lockdown The Hepworth Wakefield developed an exciting six-week project to support students to continue their creative journey whilst learning from home. Students continued their connection with practising artists through bespoke artist-led films and activity sheets that explored a range of accessible, creative activities using materials from around the home.
The weekly artist-led activities built on student’s skills and knowledge, initially experimenting with noticing, recording and mark making techniques before being introduced to 3D activities to develop their visual literacy and sculptural understanding. In the final week, students were invited to create their own mini-exhibition at home to showcase their work during the project and reflect on their artistic outcomes.
As part of our collaboration with Burberry Inspire partners in New York, each week our artist-led films and worksheets connected with an activity from Studio in a School. In return one of the weekly artist films was led by an artist from New York.
To find out more about our Burberry Inspire resources visit https://hepworthwakefield.org/burberry-inspire-digital-project/