Do you remember my Auntie Sarah? The one who made my yarn bowl and, incidentally, my salt pig?
She came to stay this weekend; we had a weekend of Wakefield’s finest art installations planned.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park was our venue for Saturday. Little did I think to check that the two main galleries were open. Unfortunately they were not, both setting up for the next major exhibitions (apparently a major Henry Moore exhibition), but we satisfied ourselves with a decent walk through the parkland in the mizzle and took in some of the permanent installations, including some David Nash and Henry Moore, along the way.
Sunday saw us (persuaded the daughter too, this time!)at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, a gallery completed 3 years ago built in part to house a major permanent Barbara Hepworth exhibition, and in part as a step in Wakefield’s long term regeneration plans.
You see, Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield in 1903. 5 years previously Henry Moore was born in adjacent Pontefract. Their paths crossed during study in Leeds; there are photos of them together in the gallery complete in 1920’s dress.
Wakefield is very proud of its links to these two prominent artists. I am not an expert on modern sculptors by any means but hence I can recognize a Henry Moore or a Hepworth immediately.
The white, white spaces with the River Calder backdrop in the Hepworth Gallery perfectly shows off Hepworth’s work. You could not fail to take amazing photos in this space.
We came home and (obviously 😉 )Sarah produced some clay from her car. Sarah and my daughter set to work recreating some Hepworth. They did a great job. We are looking forward to seeing them once fired.
That was all a bit different for a weekend, wasn’t it?
Whilst there are always Henry Moore installations on permanent display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park the new major Henry Moore exhibition starts 7th March and runs through until the beginning of September this year. It is a pity we were a month early but we’ll be back.
Love, Lucie x