Monumental Stele, Blue ancaster stone, 1936 (BH 83), destroyed in war

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 new book, Barbara Hepworth: The Sculptor in the Studio, by Sophie Bowness was published in September 2017. This is the first study devoted to Hepworth's studio in St Ives and the creation of the Barbara Hepworth Museum. The Museum is closed for essential maintenance from 30 October until the spring of 2018.

On 14 October 2017 the extension of Tate St Ives opened to the public. Designed by Jamie Fobert Architects, this doubles the space for showing works of art. The work of the St Ives modernists is on permanent display for the first time, in the original spaces of the gallery, which opened in 1993.

In July the Hepworth Wakefield was named Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017. It was described as 'a powerful force of energy from the moment it opened in 2011' by the chair of the jury, Stephen Deuchar. The inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, founded in 2016 by The Hepworth Wakefield, was awarded to Helen Marten.

The monumental Walk Through in the garden of the Barbara Hepworth Museum was the subject of a major conservation project in May 2017, fifty years after Hepworth placed it there. The variety of patination present in this work, including the golden hollows, is once again visible following years of weathering in the marine environment. Cleaning and waxing has also brought out the tool marks that were made by Hepworth over the surface in the wet plaster prototype from which the bronze was cast. The project was based on new research and conservation techniques.

A major retrospective of Hepworth's work was held at Tate Britain in 2015, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World, the first in London since 1968. It toured to the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands, and the Arp Museum, Rolandseck, Germany (closed August 2016). 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edited by Sophie Bowness (Tate Publishing), accompanied the exhibition and brings together her published writings with unpublished texts, selected interviews and broadcasts. Hepworth's paintings and drawings were 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).

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: A Matter of Form, Pace Gallery, 537 West 24th Street, New York, 9 March - 21 April 2018
Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form, River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, 9 February - 3 June 2018
Modernism and St Ives, Tate St Ives, opened October 2017 (ongoing)
Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings, Tate St Ives, 10 February - 29 April 2018; travelling to Pallant House, Chichester, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Actions. The image of the world can be different, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 10 February - 6 May 2018

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...

Copyright requests

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