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 major retrospective of Hepworth's work recently at Tate Britain, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World, the first in London since 1968, is now on show at the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands. It will then travel to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Germany. The exhibition catalogue, edited by Penelope Curtis and Chris Stephens, contains new scholarship and is richly illustrated. Barbara Hepworth: Writings and Conversations, edited by Sophie Bowness (Tate Publishing), accompanies the exhibition and brings together her published writings with unpublished texts, selected interviews and broadcasts. Hepworth's paintings and drawings are the subject of an important new book by Alan Wilkinson, The Drawings of Barbara Hepworth (Lund Humphries).

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. 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).

At The Hepworth Wakefield, exhibitions of early and late work by Hepworth are on show during 2015, complementing the Tate Britain retrospective. The Hepworth Wakefield opened in May 2011 in the city where Hepworth was born and grew up. A book about the collection, Barbara Hepworth: The Plasters, was published to coincide with the opening.

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Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World, The Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands, 28 November 2015-17 April 2016; The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany, May-August 2016

A Greater Freedom: Barbara Hepworth 1965-1975, The Hepworth Wakefield, 18 April 2015 – April 2016

Hepworth in Yorkshire, The Hepworth Wakefield, 16 May 2015 – April 2016

Charlotte Moth: Choreography of the Image, Tate Britain, 4 May 2015 – May 2016

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.