Partnerships crucial for new gallery

The opening of the Hepworth Wakefield on 21 May is the culmination of a series of partnerships
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The gallery takes its name from the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, who was born in Wakefield in 1903. Major funders for the £35m scheme include Wakefield Council, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Additional money came from the European Regional Development Fund, the Homes and Communities Agency and Yorkshire Forward.

Simon Wallis, the director of Hepworth Wakefield, said the gallery had also developed an ongoing partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation in Leeds and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is also in Wakefield.

"This is an interesting triangle of organisations that are going to be working closely together on sharing and building audiences,” Wallis added.

Hepworth Wakefield worked with a number of partners to secure loans to supplement the 5,000-plus artworks the council owns. Arts Council England, the British Council, the British Museum and Tate have all loaned items.

The Art Fund has been involved through its facilitation of the Hepworth Family Gift, which has seen 44 of Barbara Hepworth’s working models for her bronze sculptures donated for display in the gallery.

And the opening temporary exhibition of work by the sculptor Eva Rothschild has been made possible by support from the Henry Moore Foundation and Culture Ireland.


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