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Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

Photograph of Barbara Hepworth's sculpture Disc with Strings (Moon)

Barbara Hepworth Disc with Strings (Moon) 1969  © Bowness

Celebrate one of the most influential sculptors of the twentieth century

Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) is one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. She was at the forefront of international modern art, deeply spiritual, and passionately engaged with political and technological change.

Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, she moved to St Ives in 1939, where she lived and worked for the rest of her life. Her works reveal a singular vision of art and life, integrating her interests in music, dance, science, space exploration, politics, and religion, with personal events and experiences.

This exhibition presents almost five decades of her sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints and designs. Hepworth expanded the possibilities for sculpture and art’s purpose within modern society. Working in both abstraction and figuration, much of her art expresses our relationships with each other and our surroundings, and how art can reflect and alter our perceptions of the world

Hepworth considered St Ives her ‘spiritual home’. Her former residence and workspace in the town, Trewyn Studio, is now the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Hepworth’s works – from drawings to monuments – are treasured in public and private collections and civic spaces worldwide. Celebrating her extraordinary life and achievements, Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life is organised by The Hepworth Wakefield in collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh), Tate St Ives and Towner Eastbourne.

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


26 November 2022 – 1 May 2023

  • Booking is recommended, although a few tickets might be available on the door.
  • Members and Locals Pass Holders enjoy free entry – no need to book, just turn up with your card.


£10.50 / Free for Members

Concessions available

£5 for Tate Collective. 16–25? Sign up and log in to book

Supported by

The Barbara Hepworth Exhibition Supporters Circle

Roger Evans
Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation

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