The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 

The Hepworth Wakefield

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'.

The Prize exhibition
Four shortlisted artists – Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten and David Medalla – presented their work in an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield from 21 October 2016 to 19 February 2017.
Phyllida Barlow
'It was a surprise and huge honour to be shortlisted for the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. Without doubt, it will be a thrilling experience to exhibit at The Hepworth Wakefield and to take into consideration its dynamic architecture, which has sculpture very much in mind.'
Steven Claydon
'I’m very pleased to have been shortlisted for this award. Although multifaceted, my work derives primarily from interaction with the world of objects: they are the conduits, the vehicles that provide access to the intangible realms of the emotional, digital, poetic and theoretical. In that way, sculpture always endures. It is legitimised by the cultural context and the physical realities of the epoch in which it is formed.'
Helen Marten
'In a world collapsing under the pressure of billions of personal interfaces, it is exciting to celebrate our relationship to physical touch and the material substance of our daily actions. I am particularly honoured to be included in a shortlist of artists so dedicated to making sculpture, and am excited to make an exhibition with a group of such esteemed and diverse practitioners.'
David Medalla
'I feel honoured in being selected for an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield. I think The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture is a palpable expression of the greatness of Barbara Hepworth as a sculptor. I love her enduring and inspiring art.'
The winner
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2016 winner was announced at a special prize dinner in November 2016.

Helen Marten won the prize, proposing to share the £30,000 award between all four nominated artists.

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.

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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

Supporting Sponsors

Media Partner
Yorkshire Post

Travel Partner
Grand Central Rail

Exhibit created by
The Hepworth Wakefield staff
Special thanks to Iheanyichukwu Onwuegbucha

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