Chipperfield gallery tops off

Niki May Young
Friday 13 Mar 2009

Hepworth's work finds a new nesting place by the banks of the River Calder

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, The Hepworth Wakefield will open in late 2010. Along with Wakefield’s nationally important art collection, the gallery will feature a previously unseen collection of sculptures by the celebrated Wakefield-born artist, Barbara Hepworth. The Hepworth Wakefield will also hold major exhibitions by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

Nick Hill, Associate Director for David Chipperfield Architects said: "This extraordinary project results from the hard work of a highly committed team; not least the tremendous work on site that is now visible to all. There is a real sense of anticipation now that the completion of the gallery is in sight and we eagerly await the day when the doors open to the public."

Wakefield Council Leader, Cllr Peter Box said: "I am delighted that we have reached this important milestone in what is one of the most exciting cultural projects currently underway outside London. I am very impressed with what has been achieved so far and grateful to all of our funding partners for helping us get to this point."

Now that the main structure is complete, work will begin inside the new building. As well as over 2,000 sq m of purpose-built gallery space, The Hepworth Wakefield will provide state of the art visitor facilities including a new café and restaurant overlooking the River Calder, a £2 million learning centre offering a varied programme of workshops, and a 100-seat auditorium where visitors can enjoy talks, lectures, performances, film screenings and concerts.

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