The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

Opening Party, Thursday 20 October 7-10pm / Friday 21 October 2016 - Sunday 19 February 2017

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***OPENING PARTY Thursday 20 October, 7-10pm. No need to RSVP, just turn up!***

Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten, David Medalla are nominataed for The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, a new £30,000 biennial award. The award will recognise 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.  

The four shortlisted artists will present their work in an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield from 21 October 2016 until 19 February 2017.   

Dr Sophie Bowness, art historian, THW Trustee and granddaughter of Barbara Hepworth said: “The launch of the UK’s first Prize for Sculpture is a fitting legacy to Barbara Hepworth, one of Britain’s greatest sculptors whose career was enhanced through a variety of awards, from her early scholarships the Grand Prix at the 1959 São Paulo Bienal”.

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield and Chair of the Selecting Panel said: “We are delighted to have such a strong and diverse shortlist for our inaugural Prize and are looking forward to working with these artists and to inspire and engage our audiences with the medium of sculpture. It is particularly fitting that we launch the first Prize of its kind, here in the heart of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle.”

He added: “While there is no shortage of prizes in the art world, few specifically recognise sculpture and it is our aspiration to redress that with the launch of one of the UK’s most important new awards. We have based the selection of the four shortlisted artists on the significance of their contribution to sculpture in its broadest definition.”

Visitors to the exhibition will be encouraged to ‘judge’ the Prize for themselves. The winner of the first Hepworth Prize for Sculpture will be announced at an awards dinner in November.

Read more information about The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture here.  

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  • 21 October 2016 - 19 February 2017