The Collector Curates

4 August 2017 - 7 Jan 2018

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In July 2015, Tim Sayer, a former BBC Radio 4 newswriter, and his wife, Annemarie Norton, decided to donate a large number of works from their art collection to The Hepworth Wakefield. Their generous gift was publicly acknowledged in 2017 when Tim was appointed an MBE for services to art and philanthropy.

In this exhibition, a number of works from Tim and Annemarie’s collection, alongside important loans, such as Anthony Caro’s Table Piece XXII sculpture from 1967, are placed together with works from The Hepworth Wakefield’s collection selected by Tim. Many mediums are represented – painting, drawing, prints, sculpture and ceramics – reflecting Tim’s own wide tastes and the diversity of Wakefield’s collection.

The works explore the expanded field of drawing and gestural mark making – both of which are recurrent themes throughout Tim’s collection. These works allow us to examine the ways in which ideas and processes associated with drawing are present across various mediums.

For Tim, curating this exhibition has revealed some unexpected and fascinating relationships between works from his collection and those from the gallery. Tim commented: ‘When looking at the Reg Butler sculpture and the Stanley William Hayter print side by side, it becomes apparent that an abundance of ‘drawn’ lines ties both together visually.’

The exhibition includes Barbara Hepworth’s very first lithograph, made in 1958, which has a sketched quality that determines the overall form. It was recently gifted to the gallery by Stanley Jones MBE of the Curwen Studio, where Hepworth made two suites of graphic works. This particular lithograph contains Hepworth’s fingerprint. 


Take a look at the first 52 works from Tim Sayer's bequest to The Hepworth Wakefield here.


  • 04 August 2017 - 07 January 2018