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The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

Categories: Art Galleries, Museums
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3.9/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
At The Hepworth Wakefield, view the 44 sculptures by artist Barbara Hepworth, as well as her collection of donated art, spanning from the 16th century to the present day. Ponder the building's Brutalist design, composed of ten trapezoidal blocks and naturally lit by windows in high, pitched ceilings. Take in views of the river, historic waterfront, and city skyline. Check the website to see schedules of movie screenings, concerts, and hands-on activities, such as printmaking workshops. The gallery is 1,600 sq m (5,249 sq ft). Put The Hepworth Wakefield and other Wakefield attractions into our Wakefield itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • It's a one hour bus from Leeds. Take half a day and includes the round trip time is impressive enough! Hotel has a café you can eat just wasn't around. Yorkshire sculpture park and York town and nearby, including here, is planning a trip for 1-2 nights relax?
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  • Lovely free gallery, perfect for strolling around. The cafe is lovely and the shop has some great things! I bought a wonderful print of the gallery and I love it! 
  • i visited here with my family a few weeks ago and wasn't very impressed with the lack of actives for the children to do. i've heard from friends that its a good place to take the children.... i guess ...  read more »
  • I love this place, the galleries are bright and airy. The ones dedicated to Barbara Hepworth herself show off her models and prototypes for some of her bigger sculptures. A personal favourite of mine is her workbench with all her tools as she left them. The temporary exhibitions are fascinating too and can vary from the complex sculptures of Caro, to the current (May '16) Martin Parr documentary photography. The cafe has decent coffee and home made cakes too!
  • Worth a visit just to see outside! Brilliant sculptures, picnic area by the river, and a kids' playground! If you get hungry, avoid the pricey cafe... Instead cross the road and visit family pub Ruddy Duck. Have a great visit!
  • A lot of people comment on the actual design of the building being a 'concrete block' without actually understanding or noticing the art behind it. As the sun moves it casts linear shadows on the building almost making it more dynamic and it kind of shows what you will find on the inside - lots of art based on light and shadow. Inside The Hepworth you will find a nice cafe selling okay coffee and nice cakes, several galleries and a interior design that continues through every room. The art is stunning and the displays showing you the process from initial idea to the final sculpture is a nice touch. There as often events on for families and they are always trying to encourage children to be artistic. It is the sort of place that would be a nice afternoon out but you couldn't spend a whole day there.
  • A surprisingly good day out. I have taken class trips and visited for myself. A great space with some interesting pieces. Plenty for children to do aswell. My Year 5/6 class loved it.
  • Great gallery - interesting exhibitions, stylish building, friendly staff, nice café & shop. Some of the local artists' work is a bit so-so but the place as a whole is definitely worth a visit.
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