Wakefield’s ‘cool’ Hepworth gallery putting Yorkshire on cultural map

TOURIST TRAP: Gallery is top hotspot.

TOURIST TRAP: Gallery is top hotspot.

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The Hepworth Wakefield has been dubbed ‘Britain’s Coolest Art Gallery’ by a top travel website.

MSN Travel have named the £35m gallery as one of the ‘Top 10 British hotspots and hip hangouts’ to visit this summer.

It is the latest boost for the new gallery, which opened to rave reviews in May.

A figure of 150,000 visitors per year was predicted.

But that figure was soon smashed and 137,000 visitors have now walked through the doors since it was opened just eight weeks ago.

A wide range of activities are on offer for families at The Hepworth this summer.

Visitors can tuck into a picnic in the gallery gardens, ride the zip-wire in the riverside Play Area or explore outdoor art commission The Black Cloud, by artists Heather and Ivan Morison. Inside, the Learning Studio will be a hive of activity, with free drop-in sessions and pre-bookable workshops.

Families can also create giant sculptures, landscape-inspired collages and sketches, or discover how to carve like Barbara Hepworth.

Gallery director Simon Wallis said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of positive support and number of visitors we’ve received since opening.

“It’s been a superb start for us and it’s great to see The Hepworth really putting Wakefield and Yorkshire on the cultural map.

“However, we are still totally focused on continuing to develop and enrich our offer, ensuring visitors have a wonderful experience and return regularly. We look forward to welcoming many more.”

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