From 23 May until 20 July the three-dimensional creative talents of over 300 participants from 12 schools and community groups across Wakefield District will be displayed in a new exhibition inspired by Yorkshire’s Grand Depart celebrations.

Thousands of visitors will be able to view the exhibition entitled Cast at The Hepworth Wakefield, which coincides with third birthday of the UK’s largest purpose-built gallery outside London.

The exhibition showcases the results of a project by Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy and Faceless Arts, jointly funded by Wakefield Council’s Creative Partners Grant Scheme with support from The Hepworth Wakefield.

More than 300 participants worked with Faceless Arts to create three-dimensional casts of key Yorkshire landmarks from locations which the Tour de France will pass through on its initial stages, including Ilkley, Aysgarth, Holmfirth, Ripon, York, Knaresborough, Langsett, Keighley and Haworth.

Participants explored the work of Wakefield-born Barbara Hepworth in relation to key landmarks in the Yorkshire landscape through a series of drawing workshops at The Hepworth Wakefield. Bas-reliefs in plaster were cast from these designs and form the main focus of the exhibition, with a series of moulded clay cyclists that will race along the gallery walls, creating a unique peloton.

Natalie Walton, Head of Learning at The Hepworth Wakefield said: “We’re delighted to support this project which opens to coincide with our third birthday celebrations. This is one of several projects which support young people to engage with the gallery and the work of Barbara Hepworth. I hope visitors will enjoy this unique display and our Tour de France Grand Depart Weekend events programme of free, family-friendly activities.”

Stephen Foster, Assistant Principal at Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy added: “Developing this 3D work using places that the tour will pass through has provided an excellent project through which students and adults of all ages have been able to take part. The work everyone has produced is amazing and we are looking forward to seeing the work exhibited in the stunning gallery spaces at The Hepworth Wakefield.”

Tony Wade, Creative Director of Faceless Arts said: “It’s been wonderful to work creatively with so many schools and community groups. Through this project over 300 participants developed new skills in modelling and casting, making 27 bas relief panels and more than 200 clay cyclists. This is a great way to celebrate the Yorkshire’s part in the Tour de France and the results I think speak for themselves.”