Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Hepworth to open new gallery

The Hepworth Wakefield celebrates its second birthday with the announcement of a new 600 square metre contemporary art space that will open this later this summer.

The new space is located in an adjacent 19th century mill and continues the culturally-led regeneration of Wakefield Waterfront.

Caddies Wainwright Mill

The space's first exhibition will be Turner Prize-nominated artist, Roger Hiorns who will exhibit his entire body of Youth works for the first time.

The ground floor of Caddies Wainwright Mill, a 19th century former textiles mill on the River Calder, has been transformed into a new contemporary art space to be programmed in parallel to the main gallery.

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield said: “We’re delighted with the wonderful opportunity to create an inspirational new space in a historic building that will complement and enhance what we currently offer as the wider site develops here. It will further energise our inspiring location, through a programme of renowned artists, performances, events and learning activities. This new development enhances the regeneration of the waterfront by animating these exceptional historic mill buildings.”

Coun Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council said: “This new development heralds an exciting new chapter for The Hepworth Wakefield. I am delighted to see the historic waterfront mill buildings being used in a creative and engaging way, extending the gallery’s profile by reaching out to new audiences and adding to the already great offer for our regular visitors.

“It’s great to see the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle partnership take shape with exciting complementary programmes which ultimately provide even more reasons for visitors to experience all the world-class sculpture venues in Yorkshire.”

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