Hepworth Wakefield (2)

I was very pleased that Hepworth Wakefield won this year’s Museum of the Year Award:  a building and project of the utmost moral seriousness – intelligent, thoughtful, democratic.   Simon Wallis, its Director, gave a powerful speech acknowledging the award, thanking, first of all, the support of Wakefield’s civic leaders who have understood and believed in the role of art in civic life, not just in recent years, but stretching back to the idealism of the 1930s and 1950s which led to their support for the collection and for the work of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.   He also – rightly – recognised the support of the Bowness family in their gift of the Hepworth Estate to the Museum and of David Chipperfield for the quality of its building.   A good choice.

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7 thoughts on “Hepworth Wakefield (2)

  1. Pamela Glasson Roberts says:

    It is a great space with wonderful light, design & setting on the river, as well as excellent content and some intriguing exhibitions. And all the staff seem to be enjoying working there so much. A worthy winner.

  2. Excellent, well deserved because of its history, its Collections, its building and its staff. Having Ernest Musgrave, Frank Atkinson and the brilliant Helen Kapp as the first Directors, and Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth as ‘resident’ artists is a good start and Kapp gave them a European perspective ( Marini, Morandi, Severini, Kokoshka ) built on later by acquiring very good British artists ( Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Euan Uglow, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones).

  3. Juliet Wrightson says:

    And obviously excellent with potential donors: securing Tim Sayer’s fascinating collection.

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