Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield


The Hepworth Wakefield is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Yorkshire. Named after artist Barbara Hepworth, who was born and brought up in Wakefield, the gallery presents major exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art and has dedicated galleries exploring Hepworth’s art and work process.

We are delighted to have been chosen as Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017, the world’s largest and most prestigious prize for museums.


Find us at...

  • The Hepworth Wakefield
  • Gallery Walk
  • Wakefield
  • WF1 5AW

Our family-friendly offer

With free activities for families every weekend and school holiday, The Hepworth Wakefield is your space to explore, play and create together.  

EXPLORE & DRAW STATIONS

Look out for our Explore & Draw stations in the galleries. Borrow looking tools, handling objects and drawing materials to explore the galleries and create your own artworks. Suitable for families with children aged 0-12. Available at all times. FREE

OUTDOOR PLAY AREA

Burn off some energy in the outdoor play area equipped with climbing areas, swings, zip wires and much more!

PICNIC AREAS

Enjoy your packed lunch in our indoor family picnic area on weekends and holidays, or if the sun is shining, go outdoors for riverside views.

WEEKENDS AND LOCAL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

DROP-IN WORKSHOPS

Every Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday during local school holidays, 11am - 4pm

Join artists for creative family activities and make something to take home with you. Suitable for families with children aged 2-12. FREE

ART PODS

Every Saturday, and Monday & Friday in local school holidays, 11am – 4pm

Look out for our Art Pods located in the galleries and work together as a family to make something inspired by your favourite pieces of art. Suitable for families with children aged 2-12. FREE

EXPLORE & DRAW BAGS

Every Saturday, and Monday & Friday in school holidays, 10am - 5pm 

Borrow an Explore & draw bag to discover the artworks in the gallery with your family. For families with children aged 2-12. FREE


Accessibility

We welcome everyone to The Hepworth Wakefield and strive to make our activities as inclusive as possible. The gallery is accessible to wheelchair users, scooters and pushchairs and has ramp access to all areas. We have accessible toilet facilities, designated parking for blue badge holders and a lift to the upstairs galleries. 

For access information about the gallery please visit our website, this includes a visual story of the approach and journey through the gallery and a audio description. 


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