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  • Barbara Hepworth Stone Sculpture (Fugue II) 1956 in the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Barbara Hepworth Stone Sculpture (Fugue II) 1956 in the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    Photo
    © Tate

  • View of Barbara Hepworth's studio, now part of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    View of Barbara Hepworth’s studio, now part of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    Photo
    © Tate

  • Barbara Hepworth Sphere with Inner Form 1963 in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    Barbara Hepworth Sphere with Inner Form 1963 in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    Photo
    © Tate

  • Pond in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    Pond in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    © Tate

  • Barbara Hepworth Two Forms (Divided Circle) 1969 in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    Barbara Hepworth
    Two Forms (Divided Circle) 1969 in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden
    Bronze
    2375 x 2337 x 540 mm

    © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

  • Plants in the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Plants in the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    © James Deavin

  • Barbara Hepworth Conversation with Magic Stones 1973 in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    Barbara Hepworth Conversation with Magic Stones 1973 in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    Photo
    © Tate

  • Overalls hanging in Barbara Hepworth's studio at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gallery

    Overalls hanging in Barbara Hepworth’s studio at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gallery

    © Tate

  • Barbara Hepworth Six Forms (2 x 3) 1968 in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    Barbara Hepworth Six Forms (2 x 3) 1968 in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

    © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
    Photo
    © Tate

  • Visitors viewing Barbara Hepworth's studio at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Visitors viewing Barbara Hepworth’s studio at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

    © Tate

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience that offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

Barbara Hepworth first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and their young family at the outbreak of war in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios – now the Barbara Hepworth Museum – from 1949 until her death in 1975. Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, Trewyn Studio and much of the artist’s work remaining there was given to the nation and placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980.

‘Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. ‘Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.’ When she first arrived at Trewyn Studio, Hepworth was still largely preoccupied with stone and wood carving, but during the 1950s she increasingly made sculpture in bronze as well. This led her to create works on a more monumental scale, for which she used the garden as a viewing area. The bronzes now in the garden are seen in the environment for which they were created, and most are in the positions in which the artist herself placed them. The garden itself was laid out by Barbara Hepworth with help from a friend, the composer Priaulx Rainier.