Slightly off topic post today, but its still art related!

Yorkshire seems to becoming a mecca for lovers of sculpture. We already have the fabulous Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and from Spring 2011 we will have what promises to be another great venue – the (Barbara) Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.

Designed by award-winning British architect, David Chipperfield, The Hepworth Wakefield will show for the first time a unique collection of sculptures by Barbara Hepworth – one of the most important sculptors of the 20th Century, who was born and raised in Wakefield. As you can see above the building itself, set on (or more correctly in) the River Calder has a stark and functional design. Now the shell and much of the inside are complete the gallery is beginning to open it doors for select events and pre-opening talks and tours.

The shot above was taken during a recent Wakefield Artwalk during which the gallery loaned Hepworth’s “Mother & Child” sculpture to Westgate Artists Studios for one night, and hosted various pieces that formed the artists responses to the work. I’m not able to publish any interior shots prior to the architect’s official unveiling, however take my word for it when I say the gallery space is huge and its rumoured none of the rooms contain 90° angles (I pity the poor builders!).

Look for the grand opening in Spring 2011 and if you’re in the area before then I would strongly recommend visiting their website to see if they have any special events planned so you can have a look around inside!