Musician, Alabaster, 1929–30 (BH 19), Private collection

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.


A major retrospective of Hepworth's work will open at Tate Britain on 24 June 2015, 'Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World', the first in London since 1968. It will travel to the Kröller-Müller Museum and the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck.

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).

The Hepworth Wakefield opened in 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 celebrated its millionth visitor at the end of 2013. 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, was published to coincide with the opening. Exhibitions of early and late work by Hepworth are on show during 2015, complementing the Tate Britain retrospective.

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Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World, Tate Britain, 24 June – 25 October 2015; travelling to the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands, November 2015-April 2016 and 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 – 6 September 2015

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

Barbara Hepworth: Form and Theatre, New Art Centre, Roche Court, 23 May – 26 July 2015

New Art Centre

The New Art Centre at Roche Court, near Salisbury, handles works for sale from the Hepworth Estate. For more information visit

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...

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