One of the main reasons I want to move to London ASAP is because of the lack of galleries and museums up here in Yorkshire. Us Yorkshire folk may love our strong brews and green landscapes, but we have a major lack of cultural experiences. However, one thing Yorkshire is home to is the Barbra Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield.
Named after Barbra Hepworth herself, the gallery exhibits many of her unique sculptures, as well as other pieces from artists like Henry Moor, Martin Parr and Eva Rothschild. Born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire in 1903, Barbra Hepworth attended Wakefield Girls' High School, before winning a scholarship to study at the Leeds School of Art. What made me want to visit the Hepworth most was the architecture of the building itself. I also unknowingly spent 2.5 years at university in Norwich walking past a Hepworth sculpture everyday on my way into lectures - this made me want to see a larger collection of her work even more. The Hepworth Gallery was designed by architect, David Chipperfield. The design of the Hepworth features concrete walls, huge exhibition rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows to allow a vast amount of daylight into the gallery. The building’s concrete, sculptural appearance echoes the shapes and forms in many of Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures. Each sculpture has a description alongside it, helping you to fully understand the concept behind it. There are also small screens showing videos of how these sculptures were made, which make them even more mesmerising to view (FYI they're not just chunks of stone with a hole in the centre...).
Many galleries in London cost an arm and a leg to get into, so having a free admission charge is another reason why the Hepworth Gallery is a must-visit. It also has a scenic café, which is filled with succulents supplied by a Geo-Fleur pop up, and is a place you can actually have a decent lunch (another thing most museums and galleries lack!). I went for the mushroom ragù on toast, followed by a generous piece of carrot and walnut cake (*inner me whispered ‘treat yo’self’* when making this choice).
The Hepworth gallery is open 10am-5pm 7 days a week and has free entry. One of the main installations featured at the moment is the Anthony McCall: Sold Light Works - check out their website if you’re interested in visiting!