Visiting The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield

Ever since I have been ‘Up North’, I had been really intrigued to visit the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. I had heard so many positive things about it, therefore I was really pleased when I had the chance to visit on my day off this week.

If you are a fan of modern buildings, then you will love the Hepworth. It is in the Wakefield Waterfront area and surrounded by old industrial buildings and canal boats which really help to make a feature out of the building. I love how it looks like it is floating on water!

Inside the gallery is just as impressive. You walk into a welcome area with a shop and a cafe bar, which has a fantastic menu (sadly, I did not get to order from it). The entrance hall has an array of locally designed jewellery and various other products. I could has easily spent a lot of money in there!

The galleries are upstairs, and really light and bright, so you can see all the details of the sculptures and artwork on show. As I am doing an audio-visual module as part of my course, I am finding sculptures particularly interesting as being 3D brings a whole new aspect to a piece of art.

The sculptures brought a great deal of intrigue and each item had a story to tell. I admire the artist who can make a huge sculpture out of foam!

Two of my favourite rooms, however, housed more interactive pieces of art.

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These nets come with a variety of threads and needles, so you can sit down and sew your own design.

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You may think what on earth is this bizarre thing? This gargantuan creation by Phyllida Barlow stretches over an entire room from top to bottom and is made from reclaimed industrial to let signs. You are allowed to walk underneath it, making the sculpture an ideal way to get children involved in art.

I hope you will be intrigued to visit the Hepworth now that you have a little insight as to what it is like. Please get in touch if you want to ask anymore questions.

Megan x

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