Group Visits

Henry Moore Reclining Figure Tour

Explore our new group offer to get the most out of your visit to 'one of the world's 50 greatest galleries' (The Times) 

With regularly changing exhibitions, The Hepworth Wakefield is a great place to visit with your group.  With contemporary exhibitions from rising stars of the art world alongside established greats such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, the gallery has something for everyone.  

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Add a little extra to your group visit and book one or more of the following tours:

TAKE A TOUR

To ensure that you get the most from your visit, we suggest that if your group consists of more than 20 people you split into tour groups no larger than 20 per group. 

GALLERY INTRODUCTION (20 people maximum, £8 per person – duration 45 minutes)

If this is your first visit to The Hepworth Wakefield, this tour is a fantastic way to find out about one of the UK’s most important collections of art. Our expert gallery team will also provide you with an insight into the highlights of the current temporary exhibitions.   

OUT OF HOURS GALLERY INTRODUCTION (£200 + £8 per person for tour – duration 45 minutes)

When your group would enjoy more exclusivity for their visit, the out of hours gallery introduction is ideal.  For an additional £200, a group of up to 50 people can have the whole gallery to themselves for an hour before, or after, we open to the public. 

ARCHITECTURE TOUR (15 people, £150 – duration 1 hour)

Why not book an architecture tour with one of our gallery team to understand more about our David Chipperfield-designed building.  You’ll discover how Chipperfield was inspired by the surrounding area as well as the relationship between works of art and the beautifully designed gallery spaces.  

SKETCHOLOGY TOUR (15 people, £150 – duration 1.5 hours)

Get creative and take a tour with a difference. Use your own sketchbooks and drawing materials on a tour led by one of our in-house artists, who will guide you to record and respond to our art and architecture.  Purchase The Hepworth Wakefield’s A4 Sketchbook for each member of your group for a reduced rate of £7.00 (full price £9.25) when booking this tour.   

GALLERIES IN-DEPTH (15 people, £300 – duration 45 minutes)

Join one of our expert Curators for an in-depth exploration of Barbara Hepworth and the Hepworth Family Gift or our current temporary exhibitions.  Choose your subject, and prepare your questions! 

SELF-GUIDED TOUR (30 people, £0)

Take your own time exploring the building and exhibitions of The Hepworth Wakefield and The Calder.  The gallery is free to enter, and there is no time limit for your stay.  To enable your visit to be as enjoyable as possible, we would advise larger groups of 20+ to stagger entry into the gallery spaces.

BE CREATIVE - GROUP WORKSHOPS

Use your imagination to create a personal and unique souvenir of your visit by taking part in a creative group workshop.* 

EARLY BIRD BOOKING

Book by the end of December 2014 for a workshop in 2015 and receive £50 off the full price (the price will increase to £300 from 1 January 2015)

PAINTING WORKSHOP (£300 – duration 2 hours)

Be inspired by the paintings in our collection, and experiment with acrylic paints. Artist Neil Grinsill will guide you to use key colours and mix them to make the most out of your materials.

PLASTER WORKSHOP (£300 – duration 2 hours)

Plaster casts and moulds were a key material for Barbara Hepworth.  Learn about her processes and put the theory into practice to create a cast of your own hand. Artists Victoria Lucas or Emma Spencer will show you how.  

PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP (£300 – duration 2 hours)

Impressed by the prints on display at The Hepworth Wakefield? Want to learn more about different techniques and methods of printmaking? Be guided by artist Laura Slater to try out several methods of printing, resulting in a design on your very own fabric tote bag.

FELT-MAKING WORKSHOP (£300 – duration 2 hours)

Experience the felt-making process using merino wool. Explore layering, colour and abstraction with artist Bryony Pritchard to compose and create a small felt keepsake.

CARVING WORKSHOP (£300 – duration 2 hours)

Take inspiration from Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures on display inside and outside The Hepworth Wakefield, and make your own in soap or clay.  Artists Neil Grinsill or Jennyann Smith will demonstrate how to use various tools to experiment with mark-making and carving.   

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (£150 – duration 2 hours / £300 – 4 hours)

Explore the gallery through the lens of professional photographers Hannah Webster or Robert Norbury. Learn new ways of looking at the architecture of The Hepworth Wakefield and pick up some tips using your own Digital SLR. Choose either a two or four hour session for up to 15 participants.

*In order to give you and your group an enjoyable visit, we must keep the groups to a maximum of 15 participants.  If your group is larger than 15, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate your workshop request. Please note that all workshops respond to the exhibitions and therefore time wil be spent in the gallery spaces. 

We aim to respond to workshop requests within three working days. If you have requested an artist-led session, we will need to check the availability of the artist(s), which may take up to three days in the first instance. In the event that we are unable to fulfil any of your requests, we will be in touch to discuss alternative arrangements.

EAT, DRINK, SHOP

Don’t forget to visit The Hepworth Wakefield's shop, where you can find a souvenir of your visit. Our current favourite is this canvas bag designed by People Will Always Need Plates. 

Our Café Bar serves a delicious range of hot meals, changing seasonal specials and afternoon tea.  Take a look at our menu here.  Booking is recommended but not essential for groups under 10, groups of 10 or more must pre-order food and drink in advance to ensure the best possible service and will receive a 10% discount on the final bill. Contact us via groups@hepworthwakefield.org or 01924 247360 to arrange.

HOW TO BOOK

Call us on 01924 247360, email groups@hepworthwakefield.org or complete the booking form below. 

Please be aware that final confirmation of your booking is dependent on availability of our artists, curators and gallery teams, therefore if you have flexibility around the date of your visit, please let us know. 

A deposit of 25% will be required upon final confirmation, after which we will send you through information for your group to prepare for your visit. 

WHAT NEXT?

Why not try one of our suggested itineraries and combine your visit to the gallery with one of Wakefield’s many attractions.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is just 7 miles from the gallery and features more than 40 sculptures displayed across stunning parkland.

Nostell Priory, just 5 miles away, is an 18th-century architectural masterpiece with Chippendale furniture, fine art collections and gardens. 

The National Coal Mining Museum
, 7 miles from The Hepworth, gives an opportunity to travel down one of Britain’s oldest working mines. 

Trinity Walk, a new 500,000 sq ft shopping centre just 1 mile away in the centre of Wakefield, or Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village, 8 miles away.

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