Prime Minister gives Wakefield art seal of approval

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Works of art from Wakefield have been admired by MPs and international visitors to 10 Downing Street.

A year-long exhibition saw works by artists including Barbara Hepworth displayed at the prime minister’s official office and residence.

Art gallery Hepworth Wakefield hosted a special reception at number 10 on Monday to mark the end of the exhibition, which was seen by thousands of visitors.

The works on display in the entrance hall and corridors came from Wakefield Council’s Permanent Art Collection and included five Barbara Hepworth sculptures.

Simon Wallis, director of Hepworth Wakefield, said: “Wakefield has such a significant art collection and our ambition at the Hepworth is to use opportunities like this to showcase these works of art to a global audience.”

Also on display from the Wakefield collection were paintings by five of Britain’s most significant artists, Spencer Gore, Ivon Hitchens, John Piper, Victor Pasmore and Walter Richard Sickert.

Mr Wallis said: “I am delighted that we have been able to show Wakefield’s art collection to the thousands of distinguished guests that have passed through the doors of one of Britain’s most influential addresses and to promote the gallery for the benefit of the region.”

Works from the Wakefield collection, which dates back to the 1920s, will now be on display at Hepworth Wakefield, on Gallery Walk, in a series of new exhibitions.

Making a Modern Collection tells the story behind the collection and the key personalities that helped to shape it.

The Gott Collection celebrates a five-year digitisation project to enable art work to be viewed online.

Sculpting the Line - British Sculptors as Printmakers will explore the links between sculpture and print.

Mr Wallis added: “You’ll get to discover the stories behind the collection and how Wakefield’s forward-thinking collecting policy since the 1920s has helped create this important public collection.”