Events Executive
Permanent Contract
£21,500 per annum

Full time – 37 hours per week 
25 days annual leave plus statutory holidays

We have an exciting opportunity to join the team as Events Executive, helping us promote and sell The Hepworth Wakefield as a venue for corporate and private hire, planning and delivering a range of events in our award winning venue spaces.

If you are highly motivated and organised with excellent communication skills and experience of selling and delivering events, we would be very interested to hear from you.

Please note we do not accept CVs, applications can only be submitted on our application form. No agencies please.

A job description and application form can be downloaded from under the DOCUMENTS heading on this page.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 1 March 2017.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2017.

Visitor Experience Assistant
£7.50 per hour (from 01.04.17)
Permanent Position

3 positions available. 2 to 3 days a week, working variable shifts between 9.45am - 5pm on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. Extra hours are available on an ad hoc basis.

25 days annual leave plus statutory holidays (pro rata)

We have an exciting opportunity to work at The Hepworth Wakefield as a Visitor Experience Assistant.  We are seeking warm and friendly individuals to join our Visitor Experience team who create an inspiring experience for our visitors.

As a Visitor Experience Assistant you will welcome visitors to the Gallery and actively promote the visitor offer and The Hepworth Wakefield membership.  You will deliver excellent customer service and do everything possible to ensure that our visitors have an excellent experience.  You will be involved in different aspects of the visitor experience including providing information, supporting events and ensuring the safety of our visitors and security of our building and collections.

If you have a passion for art and a commitment to providing the highest level of customer care, we would love to hear from you. 

Applications can only be submitted on our application form. Please note, we do not accept CVs. No agencies please.

A job description and application form can be downloaded from under the DOCUMENTS heading on this page. 

Deadline for applications is Monday 27 February.
Interviews will be held on Monday 6 March.

Invitation to tender for Play

The Hepworth Wakefield is creating an inspiring riverside garden by a leading international designer which will provide a new free-to-enter public space and visitor attraction for the residents of Wakefield and visitors to the gallery.

The development of the garden is in direct response to our audience research with sector-leading specialists MUSE to increase visitor numbers and mitigate the threat to core funding. The garden will be a visitor attraction in its own right attracting an additional 100,000 visits to The Hepworth annually.  It is a critical element of our vision for the long-term sustainability and success of THW, as we look to widen our public appeal, attracting new and repeat visitors, and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our local community.

The garden will be created on the lawned area between the gallery and Rutland Mills, a former industrial site, currently owned by Wakefield Council and showcase some of our sculpture.  The Hepworth Wakefield will lease the land from the council.  The total cost of the development, including play, is circa £2.2 million and it is anticipated that the garden will be completed by summer 2018.

The Hepworth Wakefield seeks an architect/artist to produce a design brief and proposals for the design of a play area. The desired end use is an area of fun and engaging outdoor play, which members of the public can explore without supervision.  This project will be developed alongside The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden project.

The play architect/artist will be required to work closely with the appointed garden designer to produce a concept design, brief and proposals, ensuring that the play design complements the garden design. It is also important that the play architect/artist consults with current and future play area users. 

You will need to produce a proposal in response to the brief by 13 April 2017. A visit to The Hepworth Wakefield prior to the deadline can be arranged on Wednesday 22 February, Monday 6 March or Thursday 16 March, to meet with Nicola Freeman (Director of Learning & Engagement) and Meghan Goodeve (Senior Learning Manager) in order to view the site and better understand its context. 

A project brief can be downloaded here (pdf) or via the Documents list on this page. For more information please contact Laura Whiteman, Business & Capital Development Executive, on 01924 247369 or email

Invitation to tender for the provision of catering services

The Hepworth Wakefield is looking to engage an experienced caterer with the vision to develop an innovative and high quality café bar and event catering service.  

Described by The Times as 'one of the world's Top 50 art galleries’, The Hepworth Wakefield is an award winning gallery in the heart of Yorkshire, set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront. Named after Barbara Hepworth, who was born and brought up in Wakefield and designed by the acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, the gallery presents major exhibitions of the best international modern and contemporary art.

Open since 2011, the gallery is moving into a new and exciting phase and as part of the culture-led regeneration of the Wakefield, we plan to open The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden in 2018. Created by leading international designer, Tom Stuart Smith, the garden, measuring approximately 6000 square metres, will be on the one of the UK’s largest free public gardens. Once open, visitor numbers are anticipated to grow by 100,000 to 300,000 visits per year.

The successful catering organisation will have the opportunity to provide a range of services including inside and outside catering, plus event catering. It is important that we have a commercial partnership. You will be required to work with us to ensure we successfully deliver a destination-worthy catering provision that is unique to the gallery and reflects our vision and values.

Current catering facilities include an 80 seater Café Bar, with views over the river Calder and a further 30 external covers. Premium event opportunities include a dedicated auditorium, licenced galleries and shared use of a blank canvas mill venue, situated in the adjacent Rutland Mills. 

Applicants who wish to express an interest should do so by submitting the completed Form of Tender on the top right of this page. 

Deadlines for tender submission is 28 February 2017.

For further information please email