The Hepworth in Wakefield, West Yorkshire is one of my favourite art galleries in the UK. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects this award winning building features ten gallery spaces with the focus on contemporary art. We visited the gallery last summer and saw the work of sculptor Richard Long. My son was fascinated by his slate circle and had the opportunity to create his own piece in grey floor tiles.
I really like the way the gallery staff engaged the children with the artwork on display, they were sat amongst the art and encouraged by the staff to go off and explore, bring back their findings and create their own artwork.
Here he went away, did his own sketch of a painting, then mirror imaged it and created a paper chain. The staff addressed him, rather than me, I really liked that. There were so many activities for him to do located inbetween the artworks, plus a lovely shop, cafe and play area outside we spent all morning & into the afternoon there.
Sculptor Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield and as a young girl she was transfixed by the landscape that surrounded her, viewing the rain soaked Yorkshire hills as objects of beauty. She went onto art college in Leeds where she met fellow student Henry Moore, they felt an affinity for the large rugged rocks and hills which would later inspire their work. They went to Paris and became friendly with Picasso and Brancusi and started to incorporate some of these influences into their work. This combination of ideas lead to a breakthrough in the 1930’s that led sculpture in a different direction, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore introduced the idea of piercing a hole through a piece of three dimensional art.
Many of Barbara Hepworth’s wonderful sculptures are on display at the Hepworth and this evening the gallery provides the backdrop to a catwalk show. Designer Peter Jensen will be showing & talking about his Spring Summer 2013 collection which is inspired by her work.
Peter Jensen at Hepworth, Wakefield, Wed 27th March 5-9pm.