Tim Sayer's Bequest

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There are many ways in which you can leave a gift to The Hepworth Wakefield. Self-confessed ‘Art-oholic’ Tim Sayer has just given us one of the UK’s largest bequests in recent years and one of the most significant gifts to Wakefield by a private collector.

Watch this film where Tim Sayer explains his motivations for leaving the gift and takes you around the exhibition of his collection which was staged at the gallery April - October 2016.

The importance of this gift

'The Tim Sayer Bequest is one of the most significant and generous donations to a regional gallery in the UK. The collection reflects the discriminating eye of a person of modest means, whose passion for art 'took precedence over holidays'. The Hepworth Wakefield, with its fine sequence of galleries, will be enormously enriched by the bequest.'

'At times like these, with public funding cutbacks, arts and heritage organisations need all the private help they can get. It would be wonderful if Tim Sayer's example encouraged other collectors to be as generous. I hope that we can make private giving to the arts and other charities an everyday part of our social and cultural life.'
Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate

'This wonderful, generous, gift will contribute significantly to expanding the Wakefield Permanent Art Collection as a major public resource that is much loved and well used. It builds on the strategic investment we have made in creating The Hepworth Wakefield to ensure that culture-led regeneration continues ambitiously in the region.'
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

'Philanthropic gifts such as this play a vital role in nurturing our nationally important visual arts in West Yorkshire. Through the generosity of individuals and many of the artists we have worked with, as well as the support of institutions such as the Art Fund and Contemporary Art Society, we have grown the collection considerably. We have secured acquisitions and gifts totalling more than £7 million since the gallery opened in 2011, which began with The Hepworth Family Gift. We realise the vital importance of collecting for current and future generations.'
Simon Wallis OBE, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield

To discuss any aspect of leaving a gift to The Hepworth Wakefield, please contact†support@hepworthwakefield.org.

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