The Hepworth Wakefield is the first arts venue in West Yorkshire to partner with Google Arts and Culture to bring more of its collection, exhibitions and stories to large audiences around the world.
The partnership came in to effect earlier this year, as part of the #WeWearCulture project, showcasing the exhibition, Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson Curates The Hepworth Wakefield, and the cross over between art and fashion.
The partnership with Google Arts and Culture will be strengthened further as selected exhibitions and artworks from the collection are added to Google’s site as part of their ‘What Is Contemporary Art?’ project – including The Hepworth Prize For Sculpture and Anthea Hamilton’s re-imagining of Kettle’s Yard.
Online audiences will also be able to explore the life of Barbara Hepworth and view a short history of The Hepworth Wakefield, which was named Art Fund Museum of the Year in July 2017.
“I’m thrilled that Google Arts and Culture has partnered with The Hepworth Wakefield to enable people all around the world to explore our ambitious exhibitions and exceptional architecture”, said Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield. “Barbara Hepworth’s legacy is international and this presents an opportunity for those living both in and outside of the UK to experience her artwork in the city in which she was born.”
The Hepworth Wakefield is also part of Google Street View, offering a digital journey through the galleries – including the permanent displays of work by Barbara Hepworth – and public areas. This can all be viewed here.