This free exhibition will showcase artworks that haven’t been seen together since they were first created in Hepworth’s studio 70 years ago. It includes over 100 fascinating objects, showcasing 20 significant works of different media, each shining new light on Hepworth’s craft and renewed focus on the human form during these pivotal five years.
The sculptures and drawings presented include loans from Tate Gallery, Hepworth Wakefield, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, British Council, University of Edinburgh, Whitworth Gallery (University of Manchester), Pier Art Centre, Hertfordshire County Council and a number of private collectors.
There will also be a host of events and activities, including workshops, lectures, a museum late and family friendly activities and trails:
Tues 30 April, Tues 28 May, Tues 25 June, Tues 30 July, Tues 27 August: 10am-11am / 11.30am-12.30pm: £3 per child
Looking for a way to keep little ones occupied? Join us in the morning or afternoon for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by our museum collections and our new Barbara Hepworth exhibition! Suitable for children aged 2 – 4 years, accompanied by an adult.
Hands on with Hepworth - family crafts
Wed 10 April, Wed 17 April, Fri 31 May, Thurs 8 August, Tues 21 August: 10.30am-12.30 pm & 2-4 pm: £2 per child, drop in
Be inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s famous sculptures and drawings and, as a family, create your own crafty masterpieces to take home!
The Big Clay Event
Sat 13 April, 11am-4pm: Free, drop in
Join Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild for this messy, making day! Work with experienced potters and help sculpt famous St Albans buildings such as the Clock tower and the old Town Hall in clay. Expert potters will demonstrate a range of techniques including throwing on a wheel and Matthew Wilcock, winner of the first Great Pottery Throw Down will also join us for this event.
In relation: the significance of Hepworth’s work 1948–53
Evening talk with Rachel Rose Smith, Assistant Curator of Modern British Art at Tate Britain
Thurs 20 June, 7pm doors, 7.30-8.30 pm: £10
Join Tate Britain curator Rachel Rose Smith as she responds to the Barbara Hepworth exhibition at St Albans Museum + Gallery, focusing on what can be learnt from its groupings. Contextualising the years 1948–53 within the artist’s wider career, she will consider how, during these years, Hepworth found new ways of expressing the relationships between individual people and the groups or societies in which they learnt, lived and worked.
Sculptor at work
Thurs 4 July, 2-5pm: Free, drop in
Inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s iconic work sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies will be in the Assembly Room prepping a large scale sculpture from clay. Speak to the artist whilst he works and learn more about his practice.
Museum late: Make, Do and Draw
Thurs 4 July: 7-9.30pm | Activities located across the whole museum | £5
The museum is having a party to celebrate all things Barbara Hepworth! Grab your friends and come along - try your hand at sketching, sculpting and Hepworth inspired beginners craft activities. Watch live performances with a specially created drink in your hand, join exclusive tours of the exhibition and explore St Albans Museum + Gallery after-dark. No artistic experience necessary.
Movement focused drawing
Sat 13 July: 2-4.30pm | £35 Suitable for all ages and abilities
Join us for an afternoon workshop to develop and hone your drawings skills, with tutor Ben Twiston-Davies. Inspired by Hepworth’s drawings of dancers and surgeons at work, you will have the chance to create figurative drawings from a clothed model, interpreting their spontaneous movements in your own artistic style. Following a short break, the session will then focus on exploring sustained slow-paced poses, offering you another approach to drawing movement.
Life drawing in the Courtroom
Thurs 18 July: 7-9.30pm | Suitable for all abilities, 18+ | £45
Set within our spectacular pre-Victorian Courtroom, this evening workshop will help you learn various techniques to create figurative drawings from a model. Led by artist Ben Twiston-Davies, and featuring a life model, explore your creative practice in this atmospheric space. Please note: this workshop will contain nudity.
Wed 28 August: 10.15-11.15am and 11.30am-12.30pm | £5
Work together as a family to carve your very own sculptures from soap! Take inspiration from the way Barbara Hepworth worked with different materials to create works of art and make your own figures to take home.