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Hepworth's centenary celebrated
Squares with Two Circles (Photographer: Jonty Wilde)
A look back at the centenary of one of Wakefield's most famous daughters, world-renowned sculptor Barbara Hepworth, marked by a major exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Hepworth centenary

Art on your West Yorkshire doorstep


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The exhibition features one of the largest outdoor displays of her work and celebrates the effect the West Yorkshire landscape had on Hepworth's life and work.

Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield in 1903 and attended Wakefield Girls' High School before going on to Leeds School of Art. From there she went to London, later moving to the Cornish town of St Ives where she died in 1975. She is now internationally acclaimed as one of the major sculptors of the 20th century.

Barbara Hepworth
Portrait of the artist (c) The Hepworth Estate

West Yorkshire's landscape, weather and light were to make a lasting impression. Her father, the Assistant County Surveyor, had often taken her on car rides through the Pennines. Much later she reflected: "All my early memories are of forms and shapes and textures. Moving through and over the West Riding landscape with my father in his car, the hills were sculptures, the roads defined the form."

Hepworth wanted her work sited outdoors and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park provides all the space required to display her majestic Family of Man. This distinctive piece, consisting of nine individual sculptures, is set fittingly against a hillside.

The exhibition, drawn from collections across Britain, focuses largely on Hepworth's later sculpture and includes the solid geometric Squares with Two Circles (1963) and Conversation with Magic Stones (1973).

The sculptor's commitment to carving and love of materials is also evident in the 19 late marble works and 15 smaller bronzes which are on display in the Sculpture Park's indoor galleries.

Meanwhile, the Hepworth centenary is also being marked by an exhibition of late polished bronzes at Wakefield Art Gallery.


Barbara Hepworth at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
May 17 - September 14
Admission free but parking fee
Tel: 01924 830302

Barbara Hepworth - Polished Bronzes at Wakefield Art Gallery
May 17 - June 29
Admission free
Tel: 01924 305796

A day of music celebrating Barbara Hepworth at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Admission free but parking fee
Tel: 01924 830302

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