Wakefield Hepworth’s new expo is a creative melting pot

Kenneth Tindall with Linder Sterling, Pam Hogg and Northern Ballet Dancers.
Kenneth Tindall with Linder Sterling, Pam Hogg and Northern Ballet Dancers.
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Wakefield’s Hepworth gallery has announced a new collaborative exhibition inspired by the woman behind its own name.

Artist Linder Sterling - who previously designed sleeve covers for The Buzzcocks - is presenting The Ultimate Form, a fusion of dance, music, fashion, art, sculpture and landscape

Key collaborators for the project include British fashion designer Pam Hogg, Northern Ballet’s award-winning choreographer Kenneth Tindall, Stuart McCallum of Cinematic Orchestra, Wakefield City Soul Club and Leeds-based South Asian Arts UK. The piece, which premieres at The Hepworth on Saturday, May 11 2013, was part-inspired by Barbara Hepworth, the English sculptor after whom the gallery is named.

An exhibition leading up to the main performance, running from February 16, will feature collage and three-dimensional light-box sculptures.

Linder explained: “The legacy of Barbara Hepworth will provide the pulse for this new work.

“It feels vitally important at this point in my life to loop back to the generation before my own, to British female artists in particular and to bring to consciousness and expression the unexamined aspects of their work,” she said.

Pam Hogg said: “I feel my work screams movement and was knocked out when Linder approached me. I knew her by her iconic Buzzcocks single sleeve for Orgasm Addict, which I still treasure.

“When I discovered that the name of her project was The Ultimate Form and that Barbara Hepworth was her inspiration it was all the more potent as I’ve huge respect for Hepworth and her work.

“In my most recent collections I’ve been creating shapes beyond the human form. This is the perfect ballet for me and the one well worth waiting for.”

Kenneth Tindall, Northern Ballet choreographer, added: “We have created something that I think is truly unique and very hypnotic.

“I hope the result of this collaboration will intrigue people.”

Visit: www.hepworthwakefield.org or call 01924 247360.

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