Thousands flock to new Hepworth gallery

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The largest purpose-built art gallery to open in Britain for the past 50 years has been unveiled to the public.

Over 8,000 people visited The Hepworth Wakefield after it opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday. Designed by Sir David Chipperfield and set in the waterfront area of Wakefield on the banks of the River Calder, the building includes 10 galleries and learning studios.

The £35m gallery has provided a permanent home for the work of Wakefield-born sculptor Barbara Hepworth whose granddaughter Sophie Bowness was among the visitors.

Picture: Bruce Rollinson.