The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture exhibition opened on 26 October 2018, presenting work by the five artists – Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Magali Reus, Phillip Lai and Cerith Wyn Evans – shortlisted for the second iteration of the prize. All of the artists are creating new work for display in the exhibition which runs until 20 January 2019.
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture recognises a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. The winner of the £30,000 biennial prize will be selected by a panel of judges comprising Sarah Brown (Senior Curator, Leeds Art Gallery), Martin Clark (Director, Camden Arts Centre), Margot Heller OBE (Director, South London Gallery) and Helen Legg (Director of Tate Liverpool) and will be announced at an award dinner at The Hepworth Wakefield on 15 November 2018.
Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield said: ‘We are delighted that each of the shortlisted artists will be showing new work for The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. We created the Prize to encourage wider engagement and debate regarding sculpture – one of the most significant and rewarding visual art forms of our time. The breadth of work that will be on display explores the distinct approach to sculpture taken by each artist and it will allow our broad audience to experience the engaging richness of this powerful art form’.
Michael Dean will present a new installation extending the investigations of his most recent work. Mona Hatoum will show two new sculptures alongside significant earlier works, revealing the breadth of her explorations of contradictions and conflicts; Phillip Lai will debut a group of new sculptures alongside his 2016 work Guest loves host in a way like no other; Magali Reus will present an installation of new sculptures alongside an architectural intervention in the gallery space; Cerith Wyn Evans will debut a major new work comprising two intersecting arcs of glass crystal musical flutes.
26 October 2018 – 20 January 2019
The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW