Purple Faye Art Adventure: The Hepworth Wakefield April 8th 2017

Last Saturday (8th April 2017) after I’d visited The Hepworth Wakefield Spring Market, in The Calder building, I popped over to the main building to look round. I was looking forward to seeing the Disobedient Bodies exhibition but I’m going to write about that in a separate blog post, I don’t want the other exhibitions to get overshadowed and lost by putting them all together, there’s some really great work in them (as you will see in the pics I took) and it’s be a shame to overlook them

It really is worth making the trip to see them for yourself if you can but if you can’t then hopefully this will give you a bit of a taster. I tried to take shots that would give a sense of seeing how the pieces work together as a whole exhibition rather than focusing on individual pieces,  I did focus more on the things I liked most though. I also tried to take pics of the information written on the wall to explain what each exhibition is about but I’ll also include excerps from The Hepworth website at the end to help provide more detail too.

You’ll also see some shots taken from the windows in the gallery spaces too, many including the Chantry Chapel where I exhibited some of my work in last May’s Artwalk, read about it here.

-Additional Infomation-

Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard 15 September 2016 – 1 May 2017

The Hepworth Wakefield and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge are delighted to present a new installation by 2016 Turner Prize nominee, Anthea Hamilton, an artist renowned for her art-pop, culture-inspired sculptures and installations that incorporate references from the worlds of art, fashion, design and cinema.

Hamilton has reinstalled our exhibition Kettle’s Yard at The Hepworth Wakefield which has been on display since May 2016, while Kettle’s Yard is closed for renovation.  

Based on her research into the art and objects of the Kettle’s Yard collection, Hamilton has re-appropriated objects from the collection, using unexpected details as starting points for new works. 

Significantly, Hamilton has also invited several British and international artists, with whom she has either previously worked, or whose work is important to her, to contribute to this exhibition. These include: French artist Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, British artist Nicholas Byrne, British photographer Roger Philips, German artist Daniel Sinsel, Latvian artist Ella Kruglyanskaya, Polish artist Maria Loboda and the celebrated American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. 

György Gordon: From Hungary to Yorkshire, 1924-2005 Opens Sat 25 February

The Hungarian-born artist György Gordon became a refugee after fleeing the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. He resettled in Wakefield in 1964 where he became a lecturer in Graphic Design and the leader of the painting department at Wakefield College of Art.

A gifted teacher, he inspired admiration and affection from generations of young artists. This new exhibition celebrates the recent gift of three paintings to the Wakefield collection.

Approximately 30 works, comprising paintings, works on paper and archival material are on display, including the three gifted works exploring themes of solitude and displacement.

A Contemporary Collection

24 September 2016 – Autumn 2017

The Wakefield Permanent Art Collection was founded in 1923, and housed in Wakefield Art Gallery from 1932. Shortly after, Wakefield Councilman Alfred Carr stated that the purpose of the collection was ‘to keep in touch with modern art, in its relations to modern life’. In its first decades, the collection acquired works of art by important British artists of the early twentieth century who had championed art as a reflection of contemporary experience. These included critic and painter Roger Fry and artists of the Camden Town Group who celebrated ordinary people and everyday events.

The collection supported emerging local artists Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, acquiring their work early in their careers along with that of painter Ben Nicholson. Nicholson and Hepworth, who married in 1938, had formed a new avant-garde in the 1930s that fused geometric abstraction and utopian ideals, which they took to St. Ives during World War II. Paintings created in response to the devastation of the war were acquired by Wakefield through the War Artists Advisory Committee in the late 1940s, providing local audiences with a reflection of the hardships they and their fellow countrymen faced.

In post-war Britain, Wakefield continued to host exhibitions of contemporary artists and collect their works. Alan Davie had his first solo exhibition at Wakefield Art Gallery in 1958 under the directorship of Helen Kapp, and a number of his paintings were subsequently acquired. Gifts have played an important part in the development of the collection. As the new building of The Hepworth Wakefield was in development, Sir Alan Bowness, Barbara Hepworth’s son-in-law, donated a group of paintings through
the Art Fund. These included works by Davie and significant abstract artists of the 1960s and 70s such as John Golding and John Hoyland.

Since opening in 2011, The Hepworth Wakefield has continued Wakefield’s tradition of supporting contemporary artists through exhibitions and acquisitions. Its inaugural exhibition was of new work by Eva Rothschild, whose sculpture Wandering Palm was subsequently acquired. Some artists who have exhibited at the gallery have generously given works to the collection, such as Matt Darbyshire’s Untitled (Shelf), which allows the collection to remain contemporary. One of the most recent acquisitions, Anthea Hamilton’s Leg Chair, was acquired through the Contemporary Art Society in 2015, and marks Hamilton’s current exhibition in Gallery 3.

NEW FOR 2017

A Contemporary Collection includes a section curated by Art & Social, a group of young people who meet every Friday at The Hepworth Wakefield to be creative, build skills and develop friendships and confidence. They have selected works from the collection, which are presented alongside collectively written poems that give an insight into their choices.

The Hepworth Family Gift/Hepworth at Work

On Permanent Display at The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Family Gift consists of 44 full size, rarely seen working models – surviving prototypes in plaster and aluminium made in preparation for the works in bronze Hepworth executed from the mid-1950s to the end of her career. It also includes drawings and a large group of lithographs and screen prints by Barbara Hepworth, and has been given to The Hepworth Wakefield, via the Art Fund, by the artist’s daughters Rachel Kidd and Sarah Bowness, through the Trustees of the Barbara Hepworth Estate.

The Hepworth at Work display explores Hepworth’s studio environment, her work in plaster, her collaborative relationships with bronze foundries and the monumental commissions she received in the last fifteen years of her life. The tools and materials on display were Hepworth’s own and have been drawn from her second studio in St Ives, the Palais de Danse. Also featured is a step-by-step reconstruction of the bronze-casting process, photographs of works in progress and four specially commissioned films containing archival footage of the artist in her studio.

The gallery introduces The Hepworth Family Gift, a unique collection of Hepworth’s working models that is on permanent display at The Hepworth Wakefield. Representing the first stage of the creative process, they offer an invaluable insight into her art and, in particular, her approach to working with plaster.

The collection reflects the variety of ways in which Hepworth used plaster and aluminium. She preferred to make prototypes on the same scale as the finished sculptures and would have worked directly on the majority of these models.

The centrepiece of the Gift is the aluminium prototype for Winged Figure, 1961 – 3, the sculpture commissioned by John Lewis Partnership for their flagship store on Oxford Street, London. At nearly six metres high, this is the only working model to survive for the monumental commissions Hepworth received in later life.

 

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye

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Art Adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 25th Jan’17

On Wednesday (Jan 25th ’17) it was the first Wakefield Artwalk of 2017. As usual there was plenty to see and do, I didn’t manage to get round it all but here are some of my highlights:

13. Neon Workshops – Richard William Wheater “Things people Say”

10. Harry’s Bar – Art and Ale exhibition of vibrant new works by Hoshi Dee, curated by WE ARE (Amy and Lucy of WE ARE/CRUX can be spotted in one of the pics taken there)

11. Unity Works – An exhibition of paintings by Lucy Morrison ‘The Yorkshire Landscape: An Exploration of Colour and Form’

8. Theatre Royal Wakefield – An exhibition of works by photography students from Wakefield College, responding to the theme of ‘Parenthood’

7. The Art House – Guided studio tour and exhibition of work ‘Widows and Orphans’ by artist in residence Jamie Shovlin, listen to him in conversation with Bryony Bond (Creative Director at The Tetley, Leeds)

5. Outside Wakefield One – Ella Holland created a Wall Mural as a product of her Graduate Residency at The Art House in October 2016.

12. Westgate Studios – Open Studios and Studio Holders Exhibition.

3. Wakefield Beer Exchange – An exhibition of new digital media works by artist Helen Field, presented by WE ARE.

6. The Cathedral Centre – Artists Rachel Richardson and Beth Rose Pop-up workshops.

The Wakefield Artwalk is held on the last Wednesday of every other month starting in January and finishing in November. The next one is the 29th March. Find out more at www.artwalk.org.uk

Hope to see you there.

 

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x

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Visit to Henry Moore exhibition at Queen’s Mill Castleford 2016

On Friday (21st October 2016) I went to visit the Henry Moore exhibition at The Island Gallery, Queen’s Mill, Castleford.

8th- 29th October, open 10am-4pm Mon-Sat.

“Castleford Heritage Trust and Sandra Worthington present HENRY MOORE AN ARTISTIC LEGACY – A COLLECTION OF HIS SHELTER SKETCHBOOK ILLUSTRATIONS PLUS WORKS BY THE LATE ROBERT GLADE

All items in the exhibition are loaned by their owner Sandra Worthington.

Robert Glade (1926-2015) grew up in the mid-west during America’s Depression and moved to Chicago in the 1950’s to join the beat poets and musicians in ‘the windy city’.  It was in the early 1960’s when Glade met Castleford born Sandra Worthington who was working as a teacher, they moved into an appartment together and in 1966 became engaged.  In 1968 Sandra brought Glade to Europe where they toured the art galleries of capital cities, during this time Glade also visited Castleford where Sandra’s father, a miner, took him crown green bowling in Queen’s Park. From this point on Glade became an arts dealer and collector amassing a great collection of works which included the Henry Moore collotypes. On his death he bequeathed the collotypes to Sandra who has allowed the exhibition to take place.

The works by Moore feature a series of collotypes from his time sheltering from the Blitz in Belsize Park underground railway station.  Moore’s studio in Hampstead was out of action at that time (1940) due to bomb damage, the sketches were subsequently seen by Kenneth Clark, director of the National Gallery who persuaded Moore to become an official war artist.”

For more information on Castleford Heritage Trust and the Queen’s Mill project visit castlefordheritagetrust.org.uk

I think that the mill makes a perfect exhibition space so hopefully there will be more there in the future.

 

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x

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Visit to the Pontefract Art Club Exhibition 2016

On Wednesday (19th October 2016) I went to see the Pontefract Art Club exhibition at Pontefract Library. It will be there until October 28th with all the work available for sale. Open times are:

Monday 9:30am – 7pm Shoemarket
Pontefract
WF8 1BD
Main Library:
01977 727 692
Children’s Library:
01977 727 695
Tuesday 9:30am – 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am – 7pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 9:30am – 5pm
Saturday 9:30am – 4pm
Sunday Closed

About Pontefract Art Club

Founded in 1978 it is one of the oldest art clubs in the area. It meets from 7pm-9pm every Wednesday (except August and December) in St Giles Church.

Members range from complete beginners to professionals and come from all areas of the district. New members are always welcome. with the current memebership fee being £20. Every month there are demonstrations by visiting artists which non-members can attend (for a small fee) other evenings include workshops, life drawing, still lifes and critiques, in all mediums. The highlight of the year is the Annual Exhibition where members show their work to the public. -Find out more on their website wdco.org

 

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Take care,

Purple Faye x

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Visit to The Great Yorkshire Show 2016

On Thursday the 14th July 2016 I went to visit The Great Yorkshire Show, it’s something I’ve been doing for the past few year now. (Read the blog post from my visit last year here)

The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s largest agricultural show. It’s held in Harrogate at the specially dedicated Great Yorkshire Showground. The first show was in 1837 and it’s been on every year since then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the beginning of July (usually the second week).

This year I went specifically to visit the Art demonstrations, gallery and arts/crafts stalls. I was still planning on seeing some animals and things too but my main focus was the arty stuff.

In previous years I just tended to wander round looking at the animals and watching any random demonstrations that were on if I happened to be there at the right time. But last year Lucy Fiona Morrison (lucyfionamorrison.co.uk) (who I know through The Art House in Wakefield) did an art demonstration on the Wednesday. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go on the Wednesday but when I went on the Thursday I had a quick look to see what other art demos were on and was suprised to fnd out how much arty stuff was at the agricultural show.

This year Lucy did her demo on Wednesday again, so I missed it again sadly. However I did get to see  Mandy Long (mandylong.com) show how she makes her wonderful ceramic sculptures, I then popped over to see the chickens. At one point I looked into get my own chickens but was told by the council that I wasn’t allowed to have them, so I got my 3 kitties instead.

The next art demo of the day was by Julie Cross  who showed how she makes her animal oil paintings and the last one was Richard Keeton showing his sea birds sketching techniques. Some of their work was in the gallery along with the wire sculptures of Chris Moss and stained glass of Caryl Hallett and much more.

Also around the showground are tents dedicated to stalls for arts and crafts, and this year the new hall was finished which had even more room for arts, crafts and food stalls, so I had plenty to keep me busy. Plus as it was the last day a lot of the food stalls and things which had been entered for competitions (cheese, flowers etc) were being sold off at the end of the day so I treated my mum to some flowers again.

 

I really enjoyed my day out at The Great Yorkshire Show, the time seemed to fly by and I felt very inspired by all the artists and artwork I saw.

I’m looking forward to going again next year.

 

Take care,

Till next time

Purple Faye x

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Visit to the Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair and The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories Photographs by Martin Parr Exhibition

Last Sunday (6th March 2016) I went to visit the Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair 2016

Held on the Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th 10am-5pm in The Calder (the converted mill space across from the main building) it was only the second year of the Print Fair and it featured over 40 printmakers. (The first fair last year attracted over 2000 visitors.)

I was looking forward to seeing the printmakers there that I’d met last year at The Art House in Wakefield when I took part in the Belay program which helped artists develop their business skills; Laura Slater, Bobshaped (Rachel Richardson), Wil Law, Rachel Sim, Ali Appleby and The Art House itself.

It was really nice to see them all and grab a quick chat to catch up and see how they’d been getting on. I didn’t want to distract them from their potential customers too much though  as there was a steady stream of people walking through. I was really pleased to hear how well each of them had been doing over the weekend and hopefully they continued to do so for the last couple of hours after I left them.

After visiting the Print Fair in The Calder I then popped over to the main building to check out the Martin Parr exhibition “The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories”. Unfortunatley I couldn’t stay for long but I had an enjoyable walk round the galleries looking at as much as I could. I especially liked the wall of his self portaits as part of the Autoportrait series.

 

The Martin Parr exhibition is on until the 12th of June at The Hepworth Wakefield if you wanted to go see it for yourself, admission is free

Open: 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday
Closed Mondays except local school holidays and bank holidays
10am – 9pm Third Thursday of the month

About the Martin Parr exhibition:

“The Hepworth Wakefield is delighted to present a new commission and major survey exhibition by British photographer Martin Parr.

The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories is the largest Martin Parr exhibition in the UK since his Barbican retrospective in 2002, comprising more than 300 photographs that span the past 40 years.

A comprehensive overview of Parr’s work is on display, from early Yorkshire-based black and white photographs of rural communities to his recent international examinations of consumerism. Drawing on the implicit themes of labour and leisure present in the new Rhubarb Triangle commission, the exhibition brings together photographs from multiple series and commissions to address contemporary global networks of industry and consumption. Key series include: The Non-Conformists, 1975-80; The Last Resort, 1983-85; The Cost of Living, 1989; Autoportrait, 1991-2012 and Common Sense, 1995-99.

The Rhubarb Triangle new commission lies at the heart of the exhibition and comprises a series of photographs taken over the last 12 months in an area of countryside known as ‘The Rhubarb Triangle’ between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell in West Yorkshire, which is famous for producing early-forced rhubarb. Parr’s photographs capture all aspects of the rhubarb business, from the back-breaking work of moving the rhubarb from field to shed, the freezing cold and exhausting labour of picking the vegetable by candlelight (or occasionally by head-torch), and the consumption of the rhubarb by coach parties and food tourists.

The exhibition presents a chronological overview of Parr’s iconic series of works. The Non-Conformists and the Calderdale series, taken at the beginning of his career, reflect his experiences of living in and growing up in Yorkshire. After graduating from Manchester Polytechnic, Parr moved to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire where he embarked upon a project with his future partner Susie recording the disappearing communities around this small town. Parr was already familiar with Yorkshire from his early life, his paternal grandparents George and Florrie lived in Calverley in Leeds and he spent childhood holidays in the county, visiting Scarborough, Brimham Rocks and Bradford.

The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories will also include his acclaimed series The Last Resort, documenting the leisure time of the working class in the seaside town of New Brighton which contributed towards the transformation of documentary photography in Britain. We will also show Parr’s subsequent project, The Cost of Living, a photographic essay portraying the new middle classes of 1980s England at home, at parties and meetings, shopping, and going about their everyday life.

Parr’s investigation of cultural identity, aspiration and image is further addressed in the Autoportrait series, within which Parr presents himself as subject of studio portraits around the world. His increasing international work, photographing around the world for commissions or his own projects on themes such as tourism and beaches, is drawn together in two groups, Work and Leisure, to present the labour that produces the objects, food and environments that we consume, and the results of that often, ironically, uneasy experience of leisure time.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication on The Rhubarb Triangle featuring an essay by Martin’s partner, Susie Parr.” -taken from hepworthwakefield.org/martin-parr/

 

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x