The Hepworth Wakefield wins two awards

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 two awards at an international award ceremony.

The gallery has received a number of awards since it opened in May last year and was selected as the favourite scheme by the national panel at the Civic Trust Awards held in Edinburgh.

The awards aim to recognise the best new buildings, public spaces, restorations and public art.

And the Hepworth was one of 27 winners out of more than 300 entries.

A further six awards were given to the projects that demonstrated outstanding credentials.

The gallery received one of these six special awards, and was selected as the national panels favourite.

Simon Wallis, the Hepworth Wakefield director, said: “Receiving a Special Award as well as a Civic Trust Award is a remarkable double honour for a superb building and the contribution it makes to the quality of life in the region.

“We are delighted that the Hepworth is recognised as a wonderful place to enjoy art.”

Malcolm Hankey, Civic Trust Awards managing director, said: “The Civic Trust Awards celebrate not only design excellence, but also the relationship between structures, places, the environment and communities.

“Winning projects have demonstrated architectural excellence while offering cultural, social or economic benefit to the local community.

“The event attracted hundreds of leading architects and built environment professionals to the historic city for a wonderful evening of celebration.”

Mr Hankey presented the award with presenter of Channel 4’s Home Show, George Clarke, to the gallery named after Wakefield-born sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth.