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Mother and Child, Cumberland alabaster, 1934 (BH 58), Tate
This website has been set up by the Hepworth Estate and is designed to provide information on all aspects of the life and work of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth.
The Hepworth Wakefield opened on 21 May 2011 in the city where Hepworth was born and grew up. It had over 500,000 visitors in its first year of opening and, on 5 December 2013, celebrated its millionth visitor. The Hepworth is a new museum containing the gift of a unique collection of forty-four working models in plaster and aluminium from the Hepworth Estate, alongside the existing collection of Wakefield Art Gallery which includes a particularly strong group of works by twentieth century British artists. A book, Barbara Hepworth: The Plasters, edited by Sophie Bowness, was published by Lund Humphries in April 2011 to coincide with the opening. It contains essays by Frances Guy, Gordon Watson, David Chipperfield, Sophie Bowness and Jackie Heuman, together with a complete catalogue of the plasters and a preface by Simon Wallis.
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In summer 2013 the Tate Archive began to catalogue the Barbara Hepworth archive. The professional papers were deposited there by the Hepworth Estate in 1996 (around 20 boxes), with further additions coming from the Estate in 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012 and, finally, March 2013. The archive contains a very wide range of letters received by Hepworth, largely from 1950 onwards, as well as documentation relating to all aspects of her life and work. In addition, there is material on the early years of the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives (1976-80). This archive has been open to readers since 1996 (with the Tate archive's usual restrictions on uncatalogued collections), was deposited in a well-organised state, and remains accessible during cataloguing.
Barbara Hepworth, Abbot Hall, Kendal, 5 July – 28 September 2014
The New Art Centre at Roche Court, near Salisbury, handles works for sale from the Hepworth Estate. For more information visit http://www.sculpture.uk.com
The Catalogue Raisonné of Hepworth's sculptures is currently being revised for publication under the direction of Dr Sophie Bowness of the Hepworth Estate. more...
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