‘Turner prize’ for budding artists

Jennifer Paynes and Matthew Charlesworth have there sketches of the Chantry Chapel on display in The Hepworth's' Wakefield in Pictures gallery
Jennifer Paynes and Matthew Charlesworth have there sketches of the Chantry Chapel on display in The Hepworth's' Wakefield in Pictures gallery

SKETCHES by budding artists of the historic Chantry Chapel have gone on display alongside Turner’s iconic painting of the landmark.

The much-loved Wakefield Bridge by the English Romantic is currently on loan to The Hepworth Wakefield from the British Museum.

Now, works inspired by the painting and the chapel itself as part of the gallery’s Chantry Chapel Sketching Project have gone on display in the Hepworth’s Yorkshire in Pictures gallery.

Artists from Wakefield College and the Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service took part in the four-week course, including Matthew Charlesworth, 19, of Mirfield and Jennifer Payne, 64, of Newton Hill, who saw their work go on display this week.

Ms Payne said: “I never thought I would see my work on display in a gallery like The Hepworth Wakefield, especially next to an artist like Turner. I hope that the Adult Education Service continues working with the gallery on projects like this. It’s been a brilliant opportunity to try something new and learn more about Wakefield’s history along the way.”

Visitors to the gallery can take a seat and enjoy the view of Chantry Chapel through the window in the Yorkshire in Pictures Gallery, overlooking the river.

Natalie Walton, Head of Learning at The Hepworth Wakefield said: “It’s wonderful to see the works on display. This is just one of several projects the Learning Team have been working on with local communities over past few years before we opened to the public.

“Providing local residents and new audiences of all ages with skills, experiences through creative projects that explore the Wakefield Art Collection, our temporary exhibition displays and local landscape is at the heart of what we do at The Hepworth Wakefield.”

For more information on future courses and workshops at The Hepworth Wakefield, visit www.hepworthwakefield.org or ring 01924 247360.