image for Art Exhibition item typeA Tender Tumult: The Art of David Storey at The Hepworth Wakefield

Art Exhibition, Fri 8 Jul - Wed 5 Oct 2016, free entry

David Storey

David Storey


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This summer, The Hepworth Wakefield is celebrating the art of one of the
country’s greatest living novelists and playwrights, David Storey.

More than 400 small-scale works created by the Wakefield-born writer will be on public display for the very first time. The exhibition will present hundreds of Storey’s drawings made during an intense late life period of creativity (2006 – 12), a small selection of earlier works (1987 – 89), as well as his books, archive posters of his theatre productions and films and personal photographs.

The son of a mineworker, Storey was born and brought up in 1930s Wakefield and attended the Wakefield School of Art (1951 – 53) before moving to London where he trained as an artist at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art. Here he met British painter Stanley Spencer, sculptor Henry Moore and was taught life drawing by Lucien Freud.

Before turning to writing, Storey had various jobs, ranging from farm labourer and show-ground tent-erecter to professional rugby league player for Leeds. These experiences all fed into his creative work, notably This Sporting Life (1960) the novel that made his name.

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Event details

Dates Times
Fri 8 Jul - Wed 5 Oct 2016 10:00 to 17:00


Free entry



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  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality