The Hepworth Wakefield

Wakefield, UK

Winner of _Artfund’s Museum of the Year award 2017, The Hepworth Wakefield has in just a few years become one of finest institutions dedicated to sculpture and a site of pilgrimage for fans of Barbara Hepworth.

The exterior of The Hepworth Wakefield.

With more than 1,600sqm of gallery spaces, The Hepworth Wakefield is the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside of London. Following a 2003 RIBA International competition on behalf of Wakefield Council, construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2010. Now, The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield is a landmark art gallery which houses the Barbara Hepworth maquettes, as well as a number of other permanent and temporary exhibitions. The new museum has been credited for encouraging further investment in the Wakefield regeneration area and in July 2017 was announced as _ArtFund’s Museum of the Year.

“One of the finest contemporary art museums in Europe.”

The Independent

A display of sculptures in a gallery of the Hepworth Wakefield with white walls and natural light from above

One of ten gallery spaces within the complex.

Site plan of the complex and its relationship to the river.

Working closely with David Chipperfield Architects, we designed a seamless multi-functional space seating 100 people, with associated and almost invisible technical systems, including integrated touchscreen controls for lighting, audio and video systems. The multi-function room supports the work of the innovative gallery and is used to host lectures and seminars associated with the gallery exhibitions, as well as by outside organisations for community events, seminars, meetings, music events, film and festivals.

Take a tour of the award-winning Hepworth Wakefield.

Project Details


Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Project cost





_ArtFund Museum of the Year 2017

A temporary exhibition of the work of Richard Long at The Hepworth Wakefield.


Landscape architect

Gross Max

Structural engineer / Services engineer / Façade consultant

Ramboll UK Ltd

Access consultant

Jane Toplis Associates

Acoustic consultant

Paul Gillieron Acoustic Design

Lighting consultant


Project management

Turner & Townsend

Fit out contractor

Realm Projects


Iwan Baan

Gavin Green

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Gavin Green

Have a question about the Hepworth Wakefield? Talk to Gavin.

Contact Gavin

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