The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

Friday 21 October 2016 - Sunday 19 February 2017

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The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture - Special Guest Tour with Bryony Bond.
Wed 15 Feb, 4pm 
£8 / Members £6 / Students £4

Join Bryony Bond, Creative Director of The Tetley, Leeds, for a special guest perspective on the exhibition. Bond was previously curator of temporary exhibitions at Manchester’s Whitworth gallery and has also curated shows for National Museums Scotland, Camden Arts Centre and A Foundation. Book online here

The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture - Curator’s Tour with Eleanor Clayton
Sat 18 Feb, 12pm
£8 / £6 Members £6 / Students £4 

Join The Hepworth Wakefield's curator Eleanor Clayton for a special tour and an in-depth view of the artists’ work on display. Book online here


'What a rich, varied and contrary exhibition this is. After a bit, I forgot it was a prize. ...the show celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Hepworth Wakefield, one of our best regional museums.' ****  Adrian Searle, The Guardian

'In an increasingly bleak landscape for Britain’s regional museums and galleries, Wakefield's Hepworth Gallery is a beacon of hope.' ****
Rachel Maclean, The Scotsman

'A fitting legacy to Barbara Hepworth...' 
Dr Sophie Bowness, granddaughter of Barbara Hepworth 

Discover the work of the four shortlisted artists in our prize exhibition which showcases the unique approach each artist has to making sculpture.

Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten and David Medalla exhibit as part of the The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, a new £30,000 biennial award. The award recognises a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. 

Experience Phyllida Barlow's monumental constructions and immerse yourself in the sensory work of Steven Claydon. Helen Marten (also nominated for this year's Turner Prize) shows her intricate sculptures while David Medalla's installation gives you the opportunity to collaborate in the making of the work.

This exhibition will give you a true sense of the diversity of contemporary sculpture being produced in the UK today.

View more information about The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture and the shortlisted artists here.

The inaugural Hepworth prize for Sculpture has been awarded to Helen Marten. 

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield and chair of the judging panel said: 'Helen Marten is one of the strongest and most singular voices working in British art today. Her refined craft and intellectual precision address our relationship to objects and materials in a digital age. We believe that Marten is a fitting winner of the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, which celebrates the legacy of one of Britain’s finest sculptors.'

Read more here

The winner of The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture was decided on Thursday 17 November by a pannel of judges including architect David Chipperfield, the BBC's Alastair Sooke, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea and GAM Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, Sheikha Hoor al-Qasimi, President Sharjah Art Foundation and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.


See who won your vote

Read more about The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture here.  

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