The Hepworth Wakefield celebrates Yorkshire’s heritage as the birthplace of modern British sculpture through the achievements of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore – two of the most important artists of the twentieth century and both born in the Wakefield district. Wakefield’s art collection consists of more than 5,000 works and at the core are Hepworth and Moore.
From its foundation in 1923, the former Wakefield Art Gallery adopted an ambitious collecting policy with a core aim to nurture an understanding of contemporary art. Works were acquired by the leading artists of the time, who have become synonymous with shaping modern British art. These include Hepworth’s ‘Mother and Child’ (1934) and Moore’s ‘Reclining Figure’ (1936) from an important period in the history of British art, during which many artists such as Paul Nash, Victor Pasmore and John Piper began to experiment with abstraction.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture and is situated in the 500-acre, 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1977, YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore, and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell.
Our visit will include guided tours and free time at both venues. Coffee and biscuits will be provided at The Hepworth and lunch at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Our Programme for the day is as follows:
8.30 am Depart from Phoenix Park (Park and Ride) by coach (Silverdale Coaches) to Wakefield. The coach will depart from Millennium Way, just outside the car park.
10.00 am Arrive at the Hepworth, Wakefield for coffee/tea and biscuits, guided tour and introduction to the gallery (45 mins) and free time to visit the Anthony McCall exhibition and other parts of the gallery
12.00pm Depart from the Hepworth
12.20 pm Arrive at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for lunch at 12.30, followed by an Arts and landscapes tour and free time to explore other areas of the park. A shuttle bus is available to the Longside gallery. There are a limited number of mobility scooters available- please let us know if you would like to book one.
15.30pm Depart. We hope to be back at Phoenix Park by 16.45pm
The cost of the trip is £41 per person:
- coach travel
- coffee and biscuits
For an application form please click Day of Sculpture Application Form