The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Opens This Weekend

Published on August 8th 2019
A tree in front of a building
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden is set to open this Friday in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
The garden was designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, award-winning landscape architect who designed the RHS Bridgwater Garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019.
A parking meter sitting on the side of a building
Stuart-Smith’s design introduces over 14,000 Herbaceous plants and shrubs, 120 meters of beech hedging and 52 trees to the site. Carefully chosen for their colour and architectural form, the plants will change through the seasons creating evolving vistas and year-round interest.
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The £1.8 million project converted 4,000 square metres of land situated between the David Chipperfield-designed gallery and a neighbouring complex of Victorian mills. The free public garden will have a rolling programme of outdoor sculpture and special events through the summer.
The gardens have also announced the first sculptures to be on display.
A statue of a man in a park
Visitors from the 9th of August will be able to see the following sculptures:
  • Lynn Chadwick’s Dancing Figures (1956)
  • Barbara Hepworth’s Ascending Form (Gloria) (1958)
  • Sir Michael Craig-Martin’s Pitchfork (Yellow) (2013)
  • Rebecca Warren’s The Three (2017)
Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield, said:
‘It was important to us that the new garden presented both modern and contemporary sculpture to act as an introduction to what first time visitors will find inside the gallery. The new garden will allow us to further explore Barbara Hepworth’s legacy and her deep connection to the Yorkshire landscape of her childhood. We are delighted to be able to bring to Wakefield art works by such well-known artists for people to enjoy in our new outdoor setting.’
Michael Craig-Martin wearing a suit and tie standing in a garden
The next phase of the garden will see the creation of a creative hub and outdoor learning space. It is expected that the project will be completed in spring 2020.
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