Big crowds due at Hepworth gallery launch

Photography by Jonty Wilde ''� The Hepworth Wakefield/www.hepworthwakefield.org

Photography by Jonty Wilde ''� The Hepworth Wakefield/www.hepworthwakefield.org

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EAGER art enthusiasts are being told to book their place in advance so they don’t miss out on The Hepworth gallery’s launch weekend.

Large crowds are expected at next Saturday’s grand opening.

Art lovers have been told they will need to book wristbands if they want to make the most of the free activities, entertainment and workshops running throughout the weekend.

Visitors will be given 45-minute slots for browsing the gallery, starting at 11am on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday.

Simon Wallis, director of The Hepworth, said: “We are very excited about our public opening.

“We’re expecting large numbers of people, so to avoid the queues please book your wristband in advance – or pick one up on the day.

“If you can, leave the car at home and come to the gallery to enjoy a programme of family-events, activities and entertainment throughout the weekend.”

The launch programme includes outdoor performances by Konflux Theatre, Black Horse Poets, Leeds Metropolitan Dance, Music By The Wires and LIMN.

Family activities include ‘meet the giant heron’, sculpture making with artist Gillian Brent, art workshops with Karen Logan and Bryony Pritchard, costume making and a picnic.

Visitors can also book wristbands on the day of their visit.

Those who don’t book will have to queue if they want to look around the gallery.

The Hepworth car park, on Thornes Lane, will be closed but a shuttle bus service will run.

For booking and travel information and a full weekend timetable, visit www.hepworth wakefield.org

The gallery is celebrating after it picked up this year’s Condé Nast Traveller Innovation and Design award for excellence in culture.