New contemporary art space to open this summer at The Hepworth Wakefield

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The Hepworth Wakefield is delighted to announce a significant new development as we celebrate our second birthday. After two years of being open to the public, The Hepworth Wakefield has exceeded all expectations by attracting over 850,000 visitors to date. This is more than five times the original target for the gallery and helps establish Wakefield as a significant destination for ambitious art, architecture and learning.

The ground floor of Caddies Wainwright Mill, a 19th century former textiles mill on the River Calder, has been transformed into a new contemporary art space to be programmed in parallel to the main gallery. The Mill is adjacent to the gallery site and will add 600 square metres of exhibition and event space to The Hepworth Wakefield’s offer and will also be free to enter.

The inaugural exhibition is internationally acclaimed and 2009 Turner Prize nominated artist, Roger Hiorns who will exhibit his entire body of Youth works for the first time. Born in 1975 in Birmingham, Hiorns studied at Goldsmiths College. Ten years younger than Damien Hirst, a fellow Goldsmiths graduate, Hiorns has become widely known for his ambitious and uncompromising work that asks key questions about mortality, belief and meaning.

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield says: “We’re delighted with the wonderful opportunity to create an inspirational new space in a historic building that will complement and enhance what we currently offer as the wider site develops here. It will further energise our inspiring location, through a programme of renowned artists, performances, events and learning activities. This new development enhances the regeneration of the waterfront by animating these exceptional historic mill buildings. The exhibitions and event programme will provide unique opportunities for creative collaborations and to engage with an ever-widening audience.”

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council said: “This new development heralds an exciting new chapter for The Hepworth Wakefield. I am delighted to see the historic waterfront mill buildings being used in a creative and engaging way, extending the gallery’s profile by reaching out to new audiences and adding to the already great offer for our regular visitors.”

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