As the kids had a few days off school so the teachers could be trained, we headed south for the weekend to visit family. This, amazingly, fitted in well with some great exhibitions, and for once, it was a coincidence rather than careful scheming on my part.
|Cool Moon by Barbara Hepworth|
I’ll be writing more about the Bowes Museum and the Pauline Burbidge exhibition later, which were both fab. They were our first stop on Saturday morning. After lunch, the youngest and I had a lovely afternoon at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate. She enjoyed the exhibitions and shopped with great determination, given a very limited budget! And yes, I bought some bits too.
|Barbara Hepworth. My photo doesn't do justice to the beautiful, intense blue colour|
Sunday, we had an entire family outing to the Hepworth, in Wakefield. We all really enjoyed it from the oldest to the youngest as well as us in-between. The building was amazing and had lovely vistas out over the seriously fast flowing river – we were glad to be inside as the weather outside was foul!
|View from the Hepworth|
The Gallery has a mixture of Barbara Hepworth sculpture and contemporary art. It also gives an insight into Hepworth’s working methods, including her tools, some technical drawings and lots of maquettes. There were some drawers which displayed some of her personal inspirations and I was thrilled to discover a Cycladic figure amongst them – can’t go anywhere without seeing them!
|Barbara Hepworth's Cycladic figure|
The cafe was rather good and there was a fantastic, free family activity pack. If you are there without kids, I suggest you pretend you have some with you as it was a well thought-out guide to looking at and interpreting the work in a personal manner.
|Hepworth - the building framed some of the work beautifully|
As you can guess, I found it all very inspiring. It was worth the hideous drive back through torrential rain and driving snow. I was desperate to do some sketching, but my sketchbook (and camera) got stolen by the younger members of our group as they were either inspired or bored and looking to entertain themselves while the adults enjoyed the art. These are the sketches by the oldest, who is 13
and the youngest who is 8.
The middle one spent his time photographing, especially making panoramas. This was his favourite - he liked the dark and light in it.
Our next family outing to museums will be an exciting trip to London. Any recommendations for family friendly museums?
|Barbara Hepworth - Olympus|