Wave, Plane wood with colour and strings, 1943–44 (BH 122), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

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 May 2014 the Tate Archive completed cataloguing the Barbara Hepworth archive. Hepworth's papers were deposited there by the Hepworth Estate between 1996 and 2013, and are catalogued in two series, TGA 965 and TGA 20132. There are over 90 boxes of material. 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).

Current and forthcoming exhibitions

International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915-65, Tate St Ives, 17 May – 28 September 2014

Barbara Hepworth: Within the Landscape, Abbot Hall, Kendal, 5 July – 28 September 2014

New Art Centre

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

Catalogue Raisonné of Hepworth's sculptures

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...

Copyright requests

Copyright permission for reproduction of Hepworth's works and quotation from her writings must be obtained from sophie@barbarahepworth.org.uk
Please note that digital images cannot be supplied.