The Hepworth Wakefield celebrates 2nd birthday with an announcement

The Hepworth Wakefield
The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield is celebrating its second birthday by announcing a new development.

A new 600 square metre contemporary art space will open in an adjacent 19th century mill this summer.

The inaugural exhibition at the Caddies Wainwright Mill will be by 2009 Turner Prize nominated artist, Roger Hiorns.

Since it opened, The Hepworth Wakefield has attracted 850,000 visitors, which is more than five times the original target for the gallery.

Director Simon Wallissaid: “We’re delighted with the wonderful opportunity to create an inspirational new space in a historic building that will complement and enhance what we currently offer as the wider site develops here.

“It will further energise our inspiring location, through a programme of renowned artists, performances, events and learning activities.”

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council said the new development heralded an exciting new chapter for The Hepworth Wakefield.

He added: “I am delighted to see the historic waterfront mill buildings being used in a creative and engaging way, extending the gallery’s profile by reaching out to new audiences and adding to the already great offer for our regular visitors.”