City Of Sculpture

Wakefield's reputation as a city of sculpture is headline news...

Wakefield is a surprising centre of sculpture. We are gutsy advocates of art and renowned for remarkable artists.

In fact, two of the greatest artists of the 20th century were born and bred here - Barbara Hepworth in Wakefield, and Henry Moore in Castleford. Both were inspired by the landscapes of our district, as countless others have been and continue to be.

We also proudly boast that our two museums dedicated to this art form, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, have both won the Art Fund 'Museum of the Year' award – the world's biggest museum prize, and we're the only city outside of London to have two winners.

But it's not just sculpture that runs through the lifeblood of the district; all the visual arts are celebrated here. Wakefield has a collaborative, forward thinking, creative community who bring art to our streets in many different ways. As our city, towns and villages begin to reopen, and our new normal begins. We will continue to share reopening plans and creative opportunities as we find out about them. Watch this space...

Please note, that while we are working hard to keep information on this website up to date, things are changing rapidly. Experiences may be a little different and pre-booking may be required. Please check venue websites or get in touch with them directly before travelling.


Drawn From The Pits

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Sat 4 Apr 2020 - Sun 7 Mar 2021

Joana Vasconcelos

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Wed 29 Jul 2020 - Sun 3 Jan 2021

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore

The Hepworth Wakefield

Sat 1 Aug - Sun 1 Nov 2020

On Our Doorstep: Geoff Leathley Paintings

Pontefract Museum

Thu 20 Aug - Sat 31 Oct 2020

Vision & Reality

The Hepworth Wakefield

Fri 20 Nov 2020 - Sun 25 Apr 2021

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

The Hepworth Wakefield

Fri 21 May - Sun 31 Oct 2021

Jadé Fadojutimi

The Hepworth Wakefield

Sat 20 Nov 2021 - Sun 1 May 2022

Sheila Hicks: Off Grid

The Hepworth Wakefield

Sat 27 Nov 2021 - Sun 1 May 2022

Hannah Starkey

The Hepworth Wakefield

Tue 1 Nov 2022 - Sun 7 May 2023