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Wakefield’s art beat

One of the world’s most famous sculptors, Barbara Hepworth, was born right here in Wakefield city centre. Her work – and that of Castleford’s Henry Moore – has inspired the whole of Wakefield.

The Hepworth Wakefield

Today it forms a key part of the Yorkshire Sculpture triangle – dubbed the home of British Sculpture – thanks to the iconic The Hepworth Wakefield gallery located on the edge of the city centre (top tip is to park in the city, catch the free city bus to the gallery and then return for shopping and food!), plus the outlying Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton.

Yorkshire Sculpture International

As part of the UK’s biggest festival of sculpture in 2019, Yorkshire Sculpture International has joined forces with global star and New York-based artist, Huma Bhabda to create and n install her latest piece of work in the city centre from June to September 21 2019. From New York to Wakefield!

Artwalk

The city centre hosts a regular evening Artwalk, where museums, galleries, shops, bars, restaurants and venues throw open their doors to exhibit some kind of art, from paintings to sculpture and everything inbetween. Another unique and superb – and surprisingly brilliant –  thing to do in Wakefield city centre.

City of Sculpture

Wander through our city and you will find sculpture. We have a Hepworth-inspired Chelsea Flower Show garden near County Hall and Wakefield College complete with artworks. Head back down nearby Wood Street and you can discover the Seam sculpture in the beautiful and secluded Crown Court yard. Visit Trinity Walk shopping centre to see the Hepworth original Ascending Form sculpture near Debenhams, with another sculpture set to replace it later in 2019.

A shining nod

At Christmas, you will even see a giant illuminated shooting star welcoming people into the city at Kirkgate roundabout near Wilkinson and Hokkaido restaurant – a shining nod to the city’s sculptural heritage.

The Art House

The Art House invites artists and audiences of all kinds to engage with the creative process through a programme of residencies, exhibitions, events, workshops, and professional development opportunities. Located in the city centre, just 60 seconds walk from Wakefield Westgate railway station, you will find a cafe, an exhibition space and shop stocking cards, gifts and artwork by independent designers and makers. The Art House also manages over 50 accessible artists’ studios. Visitors are invited to explore these spaces and meet the artists, makers, and creative businesses on special open days throughout the year.