Hepworth's new sculpture prize

Wakefield’s Hepworth gallery is setting up a £30,000 prize for sculptors.

The prize, which will be awarded every other year, will be open to artists who have made "a significant contribution to contemporary sculpture. Open to artists of any age and at any stage in their career judges will look at sculpture "in its broadest definition".

The prize, announced as part of the Yorkshire gallery’s part of its fifth anniversary celebrations, will be funded by benefactors including TV executive and gallery chairman David Liddiment; art collector David Roberts; Linda Harley, who founded shoe chain LK Bennett; and local company Litestructures.

The four shortlisted artists for the first award will go on show next October.

The £35m gallery opened in May 2011 and has since attracted 1.4 million visitors and generated £20m for the local economy.

The gallery's fifth anniversary programme will also include a survey of works by artist Stanley Spencer and a retrospective of photographer Martin Parr, including new photographs of Yorkshire's "Rhubarb Triangle".

Works by artists including Henry Moore, Antony Gormley and David Hockney have been donated to the gallery by collector and former BBC journalist Tim Sayer, and will also go on display.

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