Published On: Mon, May 19th, 2014 on 2:14 pm

The Hepworth Wakefield in bid to become England’s National Treasure

The Hepworth Wakefield

Wakefield’s The Hepworth Gallery is competing for England’s most popular National Lottery funded project of the last 20 years.

The National Lottery launched the ‘What’s Your National Treasure’ campaign as part of its 20th Anniversary celebrations this year, and votes will be cast for the best iconic venues and landmarks.

The Hepworth Wakefield is one of the nominees, and will compete against venues such as Manchester SportCity and the Wembley Stadium in London.

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield, said: “We are so delighted to be recognised by the National Lottery as one of the most inspirational projects in England.

“I hope all who’ve enjoyed visiting and supporting The Hepworth will vote for us and those yet to come will be inspired to visit. Entrance is free so there’s never been a better time to come.”

The Hepworth Wakefield opened in 2011 and was awarded £5 million in National Lottery funding, distributed via Arts Council England, to help build the gallery.

With a sculptural appearance, it echoes the shapes and forms of the many sculptures created by Wakefield-born Barbara Hepworth.

Celebrating its third birthday on 21 May, the gallery continues to bring together work from Wakefield’s art collection, hosts exhibitions by artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.

The projects competing for England’s National Treasure are: Beamish Museum (County Durham), Eden Project (Cornwall), Manchester SportCity, National Memorial Arboretum (near Lichfield), National Space Centre (Leicester), Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (London), The Hepworth (Wakefield), The Lowry (Manchester), The Mary Rose Museum (Portsmouth), The Museum of Liverpool, Turner Contemporary (Margate), and the Wembley Stadium (London).

Votes can be cast on www.facebook.com/lotterygoodcauses until midnight on 27 May.

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