Hepworth gallery wins design award

23rd May 2011'Opening of the Hepworth Gallery Wakefield.'Picture: Councillor Peter Box opens the gallery and people flock to see the Sculptures.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
23rd May 2011'Opening of the Hepworth Gallery Wakefield.'Picture: Councillor Peter Box opens the gallery and people flock to see the Sculptures.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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THE Hepworth Wakefield has won its third major award since it opened eight months ago.

The £35million gallery, named after Wakefield-born sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth, has won the Judges’ Award for Best Public Building at the Wallpaper Design Awards 2012.

Now in its eighth year, the awards recognise the best in international design, fashion and lifestyle.

Coun Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council said: “David Chipperfield’s design for The Hepworth Wakefield

has surpassed all our expectations. Along with his team, David has truly delivered a landmark building and gallery of international significance.

“It’s wonderful to see his skill and vision being acknowledged with awards such as this. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved with this project and I am delighted at how successful the gallery has become in less than 12 months.”

Simon Wallis, director of the Hepworth Wakefield, said: “This is a wonderful start to the New Year and further prestigious recognition of the world-class gallery David Chipperfield has designed for Wakefield.

“We have attracted over 360,000 visitors since opening in late May 2011 and we are now one of the most visited galleries in the UK.

“And 2012 is an exciting year for us as we continue to inspire visitors with our new collection displays, ambitious contemporary exhibitions and engaging education programme. Entrance is free so there’s never been a better to time come and visit.”

The international judging panel featured Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, New York-based Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, Swiss art auctioneer and co-founder of Phillips de Pury, Simon de Pury.

They were also joined to dedicate the award by the head of German kitchen manufacturer Bulthaup, Gerd Bulthaup, and photographer, art director and illustrator Jean-Paul Goude.

The gallery has also recently been shortlisted for the Design Museum Awards 2012

for Architecture and the Civic Trust Awards 2012, which will be announced later this year.