Major New Hepworth Wakefield Gallery Designed by David Chipperfield to Open on May 21

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LONDON.- The Hepworth Wakefield designed by David Chipperfield Architects, will open to the public on Saturday 21 May 2011, putting the spotlight on Yorkshire as a world centre for sculpture, together with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henry Moore Institute and Leeds City Art Gallery. Named after Barbara Hepworth, who was born in Wakefield in 1903 and lived there with her family until the age of 18, The Hepworth Wakefield will create for the first time a permanent public legacy for the artist in her home city. The highlight of The Hepworth collection will be a group of over forty works donated by her family that provides a unique insight into Barbara Hepworth’s working methods and creativity. The Hepworth Family Gift, donated through a special scheme facilitated by the Art Fund, comprises a unique collection of prototypes and models in plaster, aluminium and wood. These were works the artist made towards the realis