Join us to explore key themes arising from the Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life exhibition in an inclusive, supportive and friendly environment.
Over three Fridays in June, each course will consist of tutor presentations, which will provide key background information and structure, alongside group discussion and debate.
The day courses are modular and can stand alone, but feel free to book on to as many as you like.
Each day will include a short introductory intro to Hepworth’s work and free access to the Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life exhibition to discuss selected works highlighted in situ.
‘Everything that goes to make up my usual working day. These things are immensely important to me… My home and my children; listening to music, and thinking about its relation to the life of forms, the need for dancing as recreation, and where dancing links with the actual physical rhythm of carving; the intense pleasure derived from tools and craftsmanship – all these things are daily expressions of the whole.’
- Barbara Hepworth, 1952
In this session, we will look at how Hepworth’s experience of motherhood fed directly into her working practice, exploring the work she made following the birth of her son, Paul, in 1929, and of her triplets in 1934.
Hepworth’s lifelong passion for music led to a collaboration with the composer, Michael Tippett, on the design for his opera Midsummer Marriage, and we will look at this specific example, as well as the general significance of music and rhythm in a selection of other works.
Other day courses in this series include Fundamental Forms and The Artist in Society.
Each course will take place in our dedicated learning space Studio 3. Attendee numbers will be restricted to 15 people. There will be around an hour break for lunch.
Jill Denman, MA, PGCE studied Modern Languages at the University of Durham and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. She is an experienced freelance tutor who has delivered History of Art courses for a wide range of institutions, including Towner Eastbourne, Hastings Contemporary and the University of Kent.
We have a budget available to make this event as accessible as possible – this can include interpretation services or other access needs we can meet to enable you to participate.
If you require access arrangements, please email email@example.com two weeks before the event date so that we can book a service if needed.
○ Studio 3 is on the first floor, and can be accessed by our large lift.
○ The space has limited natural light, but is not dark.
○ The space is not scent-free.
○ The galleries and café are busiest between 11.00am and 2.00pm.
○ Seating is available and is not fixed, so can be switched out if needed.
○ Ear plugs, ear defenders, magnifying glasses, and wheelchairs are available.
○ Toilets and baby changing facilities are located right outside Studio 3. A gender-neutral, wheelchair-accessible bathroom can be found on the ground floor.