Wakefield gallery to honour Hepworth

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A new art gallery named after one of the country's greatest sculptors will open in May. The £35m Hepworth Wakefield is named after Barbara Hepworth, who was born and grew up in the West Yorkshire city. It will be the largest purpose-built gallery to open in Britain since the launch of Tate St Ives in Cornwall in 1993.

The gallery will house more than 40 works given by her family, including models for some of her most famous work and tools and materials from her studio. Hepworth, made a CBE in 1958 and a dame in 1965, died in a fire at her studio in St Ives in 1975. Pictured is a maquette of Hepworth's Winged Figure from 1957.

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