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