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Art for arts sake

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Some days you just stumble upon something that lights you up. A few years ago we had a weeks family camping holiday in Norfolk. The sun shone, the skies were blue and even the cold North Sea was warm enough for us to swim in. It felt like an Enid Blyton sort of holiday. The village next to the campsite and the flavour of a 1930’s Poirot mystery. I’m sure Agatha must have been there. It even had an old-fashioned railway station complete with pots of flowers on the platform. One day we caught the stopping train to Norwich for big city delights. But we were glad to come ‘home’ again to the quiet dawdling days by the beach.

One hot day we went past a church with a little poster advertising an Art display. Expecting some watercolours and a few crafts we sauntered up the path. The boys stayed in the car as boys do. The art was incredible. And the setting in the church was beautiful. Inside the ordinary looking stone building were stripped bare whitewashed walls and huge windows. The stripped beams in the roof felt like being in an upside down boat and the place was full of light and air and the scent of the sea. Most of the art was in the church yard, installations and witty signs.

The stars in the ceiling made me happy. I was thinking of them today and of how that stop along the way filled the day with light. Sometimes just taking the time to look reveals hidden beauty.

Hepworth Gallery Wakefield

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Sculpture is the creation of a real object which relates to our human body and spirit as well as our visual appreciation of form and colour.

Barbara Hepworth 1962

Wakefield in Yorkshire is the proud owner of a new Gallery dedicated to the work of Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) and Henry Moore (1898-1986). Both were born and grew up in the Wakefield area.

Hepworth’s later years were spent in St Ives in Cornwall, an area that became during and after the 2nd World War an artists haven and the centre for the development of post-war contemporary art.

Hepworth’s sculptures are amazing, the way in which she uses materials and form to represent landscape, ideas and humanity, most often using the feminine form. The shapes are rounded and smooth with a patina on the wood that makes you want to caress and stroke. As in most galleries, photography was not permitted so the images remain in my head.

For images of the Gallery see This and This  and for a biography see Here, I hope you love it as much as I do.