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. 

Take a walk on the art side every two months, when Wakefield's Artwalk joins together galleries and creative studios, with pubs, shops and pop up sites - each offering art, music, performance or poetry.

And don't forget to stop by The Art House. The house that art built is home to more than 50 artist studios, gallery spaces, and even a café and shop.

Exhibitions

Playmakers On Tour

Playmakers On Tour: Horbury Sports Specialists

Wakefield Museum

Sat 2 Feb 2019 - Fri 25 Sep 2020

In A League of Their Own

In A League of Their Own

Castleford Museum

Sat 23 Mar 2019 - Sat 28 Mar 2020

David Smith

David Smith: Sculpture 1932 - 1965

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Sat 22 Jun 2019 - Sun 5 Jan 2020

Gateway To Eternity

Gateway to Eternity

Wakefield Museum

Sat 6 Jul 2019 - Sat 4 Jul 2020

On Our Doorstep: Geoff Leathley

On Our Doorstep: Geoff Leathley Paintings

Pontefract Museum

Sat 10 Aug 2019 - Sat 25 Apr 2020

Holly Hendry

Holly Hendry

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Sat 21 Sep 2019 - Sun 19 Apr 2020

Knitting On The Nile

Knitting On The Nile

Wakefield Museum

Mon 14 Oct 2019 - Sat 4 Jul 2020

Alan Davie, Cross for the White Birds, 1965. ©

Alan Davie and David Hockney: Early Works

The Hepworth Wakefield

Sat 19 Oct 2019 - Sun 19 Jan 2020

Christina Quarles, Bottoms Up, 2018.

Christina Quarles

The Hepworth Wakefield

Sat 19 Oct 2019 - Sun 19 Jan 2020

Empowering Heritage

Empowering Heritage

Wakefield Museum

Sat 9 Nov 2019 - Fri 1 May 2020

International Residency Exhibition

International Residency Exhibition

The Art House

Fri 15 Nov - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Melvyn Evans

Melyvn Evans: Imprinting The Land

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Sat 16 Nov 2019 - Sun 23 Feb 2020

Rosie Booth

Astral View

Create Cafe

Wed 27 Nov 2019 - Wed 29 Jan 2020

Maybelle Peters: Residency Exhibition

Maybelle Peters: Residency Exhibition

The Art House

Wed 25 Mar - Sat 16 May 2020