Hepworth Wakefield Opens

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Today, in Wakefield, a new tourist attraction opens. It’s called a gallery for the visual arts but to most of us it will probably be thought of as a sculpture gallery since it will house works by some of the most well-known and influential modern sculptors. Named after locally born and bred sculptor, Barbara Hepworth it will contain 44 of her own works in addition to works by another local, Henry Moore, and Jacob Epstein. But there isn’t only sculpture. Contemporary art is also on display from the Wakefield Collection.

It is also the largest exhibition only space that has been created outside London and has cost £35 million. Money well spent? The answer will only be known when it can be judged how many of us visited the gallery. Certainly you wonder whether it would have gone ahead in today’s economic conditions. What it does mean is that this part of Yorkshire now houses what are probably three of the most important locations to visit sculpture anywhere in the country. Nearby is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as is the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. If the fan wasn’t tempted to visit this part of the country before, then three galleries in such a small patch of geography should entice them now.
At eleven o’clock today the gallery officially opens and the public can enter half an hour later. Both on Saturday and Sunday, entrance is free. But there is a timed entry wristband system to get into the gallery so if you haven’t applied already, you may have to wait around for a while. That gives you time to explore outside. Once inside there are a number of events occurring in order to appeal to all ages. Tonight there is even a free tasting of the especially commissioned ale from Ossett’s Brewery and tomorrow afternoon there is another tasting. Opera North joins the party tonight with a performance so the gallery won’t close until 8pm.
The first exhibition which runs from today until October is called Hot Touch which is a group of recent sculptures and photographs by Eva Rothschild. She, herself will be, as they say, in conversation, on the 16th of June.
For more information on the Hepworth click here.

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