Event Date: 11 March 2015
Royal Holloway University of London
Frances Guy (Head of Collection & Exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield) – Coming Home: Reclaiming Hepworth for Wakefield
The third in the HARC ‘Making Space for Art’ series, this talk will detail the background to the development of one of the UK’s largest purpose-built galleries. Since opening in May 2011, The Hepworth Wakefield has been praised by press and public alike, with 1.3 million visitors to date, and has raised the profile of Modern British sculpture in the region and across the UK. With exciting projects planned for The Hepworth’s 5th birthday in 2016, this is an opportunity to hear about some of the successes of the first years and the challenges facing the gallery as it develops its ambitions for the future.
Frances Guy, Head of Collection & Exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield, has worked at The Hepworth since 2009, and was part of the original senior management team tasked with launching the new gallery. She manages a team of curators tasked to shape and deliver a programme of temporary exhibitions and collection displays.
Respondent: Prof Chris Townsend (Media Arts, RHUL)
‘Making Space for Art’ series organisers: Dr Laura MacCulloch (Curator, RHUL), Dr Giuliana Pieri, Prof Eric Robertson (SMLLC, RHUL)
Introduction by Professor Eric Robertson (RHUL):
Response by Professor Chris Townsend (RHUL):