Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form


‘Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form’ will celebrate the work of one of the country’s most renowned sculptors. During the course of the 20th century Barbara Hepworth played a vital role in the development of British Modernism, leading to the creation of her most recognisable style.

The exhibition will explore the development of Hepworth’s sculpture from the 1930s to the 1960s. We have brought together a unique selection of works from a 30 year period of Hepworth’s career that will demonstrate her lifelong preoccupation with forms. This will be the first time that works by Hepworth have been exhibited in Henley on Thames.

Beginning with the human body and moving from the figurative into the abstracted, the exhibition will look at how Hepworth chose to interpret the forms around her in her sculptures. A selection of lesser known oil on board works, showing Hepworth’s experimentation with geometric shapes and colour during the 1940s, will also be on display.

Works will be on display from collections including the Arts Council, the British Council, The Whitworth, National Portrait Gallery and Tate.

The accompanying interactives for families will explore the different forms and shapes found in the displayed works. There will be materials for exploring Hepworth’s subject matter through sight, sound and touch, enabling us to reach a wider range of visitors.

The exhibition will use these original works, themed interpretation and interactives to engage a larger family audience with Hepworth’s sculptures.  We want to introduce families and young people to concepts such as modernism and abstraction in a way which is innovative and exciting, creating a fine art exhibition that is accessible to all.

The exhibition has been generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England’s and is sponsored by Alec Tiranti Ltd.