Des Hughes. Stretch Out and Wait

12 Sep 2015 – 31 Mar 2016

Wakefield, United Kingdom


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  • FREE CITY BUS The gallery is on the FreeCityBus route operated Monday – Saturday between 9.30am and 3pm.
  • The gallery is 0.3 miles from Wakefield Kirkgate train station (approximately 8 minutes walk) and 1 mile from Westgate train station (approximately 20 minutes walk).

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In 1980 Henry Moore donated a public sculpture, Working Model of Draped Reclining Figure, to Castleford.


This prompted an exhibition of children’s work called Henry Moore and the Children of Castleford to highlight the inspirational effect the sculpture had on Castleford’s young people.

Contemporary artist Des Hughes has traced the story of Moore’s gift through press clippings, posters, and correspondence found in The Hepworth Wakefield Archive. Hughes will integrate these documents alongside his own work in specially designed cabinets, appropriating a style found in the modernist home of Erno Goldfinger. Hughes’ complete series of ‘flints’ will also be displayed for the first time, deceptive bronzes made to look like stones, gently mocking Moore and Hepworth’s doctrine of ‘truth to materials’.

The exhibition will include Hughes’ working models for a pair of new reclining figures, to be placed at Castleford Academy and outside The Hepworth Wakefield respectively, and will feature work made by school children in response to these new public sculptures.

The project is supported by the Des Hughes Exhibition Circle, Cathy Wills and New Art Centre, Roche Court.


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