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Hepworth Wakefield director Simon Wallis, right, and city council leader Peter Box celebrate after the gallery received another boost to its already phenomenal success ahead of its first anniversary this weekend.

The gallery recently welcomed its 500,000th visitor since it opened on May 21, last year and has now been announced as one of only four finalists for the coveted £100,000 Art Fund Prize and become “Museum of the Year”. The chairman of judges of the Art Fund Prize, Lord Smith of Finsbury, said: “This wonderful new gallery has transformed the physical and cultural landscape of Wakefield and the wider region. So much more than just a stunning architectural achievement.”

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 19.

Picture: James Hardisty