Opening this Weekend: Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in Yorkshire

Posted in on site, resources by Editor on May 17, 2011

The new Hepworth Wakefield Gallery opens this weekend (21 May 2010). As described at the museum’s website:

This stunning building, designed by the award-winning David Chipperfield Architects, will be a place to explore art, architecture and your imagination. With over 1,600 square metres of light-filled gallery spaces, The Hepworth Wakefield will be the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside London. The gallery will bring together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth, one of the 20th century’s most important artists who was born and grew up in Wakefield.

Other recent projects by David Chipperfield include the Turner Contemporary in Margate and renovations of the Neues Museum in Berlin and the St Louis Art Museum. While the twentieth-century collections are sure to be the focus of the Hepworth Wakefield’s opening, the Gott Collection is also finally getting its due:

An important attraction for visitors will be the rarely seen Gott Collection, gifted to the City’s art collection in 1930. The Gott Collection was assembled in the 19th century by John Gott (1830-1906), Vicar of Leeds and later Bishop of Truro, and his father William (1797-1863), a wool merchant. It was presented to Wakefield Art Gallery in 1930 by Frank Green, a Yorkshire industrialist and philanthropist. The bound 10-volume collection includes 1,200 images, consisting of 65 watercolours, 315 drawings, 749 prints (including hand-coloured prints and one albumen print) and 50 double-sided letterpress pages from a book. It is arguably the finest surviving collection in the region, with over 200 Yorkshire villages, towns and cities depicted within its pages. Through funding by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation this unique resource including maps, topographical drawings and watercolours will be made publicly accessible. Collectively they show how Yorkshire has long been a place of artistic inspiration. . .

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