The Hepworth Book Club

Sat 27 May, Sat 24 June, Sat 29 July, Sat 26 Aug, Sat 23 Sept, 11am - 12pm, Free

The archive

Barbara Hepworth's Personal Library

It’s only through living and feeling, reading and feeling, carving and feeling that I believe and have faith.’ Barbara Hepworth, Letter to the writer E. H. Ramsden, 1944

For Hepworth, reading formed a crucial part of a daily creative process that, alongside carving, also included listening to music, writing and dance. She amassed an extensive personal library of books reflecting a broad array of interests, with titles varying from natural history and mathematics, to Christian Science and Zen Buddhism.

A considerable number of the books were given or lent to her by other artists and friends, revealing an important network of creative exchange. Some books relate directly to individual artworks, while others contain notes and annotations, including ideas for titles of works.

This is the first public presentation of the artist’s personal library, displaying a selection of books known to have held a particular significance for Hepworth.

The Hepworth Book Club

SAT 27 MAY, SAT 24 JUNE, SAT 29 JULY, SAT 26 AUG, SAT 23 SEPT, 11AM
GALLERY 3, FREE, NO NEED TO BOOK

Join Clare Nadal, University of Huddersfield/The Hepworth Wakefield PhD Research Fellow, and guest speakers for a series of monthly discussions. We will read books from Hepworth’s personal library to explore the diverse themes and ideas that influenced her work, from Stravinsky to Rilke.

 

Supported by University of Huddersfield 

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DATES

  • 24 June 2017
  • 29 July 2017
  • 26 August 2017
  • 23 September 2017