The £30,000 biennial award recognises a British or UK-based artist of any age who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture.
Dr Sophie Bowness, art historian, granddaughter of Barbara Hepworth and a Trustee of The Hepworth Wakefield said: 'The launch of the UK’s first prize for sculpture is a fitting legacy to Barbara Hepworth, one of Britain’s greatest sculptors whose career was enhanced through a variety of awards, from her early scholarships to the Grand Prix at the 1959 São Paulo Biennale'.
Over the opening weekend a video booth captured visitors' responses to the Prize.
During the exhibition, visitors were also asked to vote for the People's Choice Award, the winner of which was Phyllida Barlow.
The Hepworth Wakefield
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2016
The nomination panel
- Katrina Brown, Director of Common Guild
- Jennifer Higgie, Co-editor of Frieze
- Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at Henry Moore Institute
- Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial
- Bart van der Heide, Chief Curator at Stedelijk Museum
The judging panel
- Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino
- David Chipperfield, architect and designer of The Hepworth Wakefield
- Sheika Hoor al-Qasimi, President Sharjah Art Foundation
- Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President of The Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, collector and patron of the arts
- Alastair Sooke, art critic and broadcaster
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture supporters
- Linda Bennett
- David Liddiment
- David Roberts
Grand Central Rail
Exhibit created by
The Hepworth Wakefield staff
Special thanks to Iheanyichukwu Onwuegbucha