Hepworth Wakefield announces expansion plans

New contemporary art space will open with Roger Hiorns exhibition
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The Hepworth Wakefield has announced plans to open a contemporary art space this summer in a former textiles mill adjacent to the main gallery.

The ground floor of Caddies Wainwright Mill will be converted into a 600sq metre exhibition and event space. Entry will be free and it will be programmed in parallel to the main gallery.

The capital project is funded by Wakefield Council, which owns the mill and co-owns the waterfront site with a property developer. The exhibition and event programme will be funded through a number of charitable trusts, corporates and private individuals, and will be match-funded through Arts Council England Catalyst Arts programme

Simon Wallis, director of The Hepworth Wakefield, said: “We’re delighted with the wonderful opportunity to create an inspirational new space in a historic building that will complement and enhance what we currently offer as the wider site develops here.

“It will further energise our inspiring location, through a programme of renowned artists, performances, events and learning activities. This new development enhances the regeneration of the waterfront by animating these exceptional historic mill buildings.

"The exhibitions and event programme will provide unique opportunities for creative collaborations and to engage with an ever-widening audience.”
The gallery will open with a Roger Hiorns show, and will include his entire body of Youth works for the first time. The exhibition coincides with the Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s (YSP) summer display of Untitled (Seizure) by Hiorns.

The Hepworth Wakefield and YSP are part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, along with Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute.

Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “It’s great to see the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle partnership take shape with exciting complementary programmes which ultimately provide even more reasons for visitors to experience all the world-class sculpture venues in Yorkshire.”

The exact opening date for the gallery will be announced later in the year.
The Hepworth Wakefield has attracted more than 850,000 visitors to date since opening two years ago – five times its original target. It is shortlisted for the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year award, which will be announced on 4 June.

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