Artists Heather and Ivan Morison created a site-specific work titled The Black Cloud in the grounds of the gallery to mark the opening of The Hepworth Wakefield. Taking the form of an outdoor shelter, the work provides a multi-purpose space where visitors are encouraged to gather, relax, entertain and enjoy the waterfront location. To mark the first anniversary of the gallery opening The Black Cloud will be reanimated through natural mosses, plants and grasses which will grow on and around its wooden structure.
The Black Cloud was originally commissioned by Situations at the University of the West of England for Victoria Park, Bristol in 2009. Supported by Art in Yorkshire.
The Black Cloud takes its shape and purpose from Amazonian dwellings used by the Yanomamo tribe for performances, discussion and play.
The Hepworth Wakefield opened in May 2011 in the city where Barbara Hepworth was born. The Hepworth is a new museum containing the gift of a unique collection of over forty working models in plaster and aluminium from the Hepworth Estate, alongside the existing collection of Wakefield Art Gallery which includes a particularly strong group of works by twentieth century British artists.
The new gallery has been designed by David Chipperfield Architects. It is sited on the headland of the River Calder at the southern gateway to the city, visible from all directions and with water on two sides. The gallery is formed from a cluster of trapezoidal blocks of different sizes. These form the rooms of the building.
With over 1,600 square metres of light-filled gallery spaces, The
Hepworth Wakefield is the largest purpose-built exhibition space
The gallery brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.