City Of Sculpture

From secluded woodland to bustling towns, the glories of nature and the remnants of an industrial past, the varied landscapes of Wakefield have been inspiring artists for generations.
The district is the birthplace of world-renowned sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, and remains home to a thriving artist community today.

Experience magnificent works of art and fascinating sculpture at multi-award winning venues Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield.
Visit Castleford Museum and discover the works of photographer Jack Hulme, whose camera lens documented a vanished way of life from a bygone age in the pit village of Fryston. The museum is also home to works by illustrator Albert Wainwright, a schoolfriend of Henry Moore, whose vibrant, vivid designs incorporate elements of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.

Art runs through Wakefield’s lifeblood, and the district is proud to be a centre for culture and creativity. The Art House features residencies and studio spaces for artists, as well as workshops for the public. 
Recent festivals, including the Festival of the Moon and 2020’s Rhubarb Festival have showcased Creative Commission pieces by local artists. For more information about upcoming creative opportunities, please regularly check our Trade page, as projects are routinely listed there.

Know Before You Go

 

Please note, that while we are working hard to keep information on this website up to date, things are still changing rapidly. Experiences may be a little different and pre-booking may be required.

For information about how to Experience Wakefield again, click here.

Remember to check venue websites or get in touch with them directly before travelling.

 


 

Exhibitions

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Wed 29 Jul 2020 - Sun 3 Jan 2021

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Thu 3 Dec 2020 - Sun 7 Mar 2021

The Hepworth Wakefield

Fri 21 May - Sun 31 Oct 2021

The Hepworth Wakefield

Sat 20 Nov 2021 - Sun 1 May 2022

The Hepworth Wakefield

Sat 27 Nov 2021 - Sun 1 May 2022

The Hepworth Wakefield

Tue 1 Nov 2022 - Sun 7 May 2023