£100,000 Freelands Award goes to Hepworth Wakefield

Simon Wallis, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield; Hannah Starkey, Artist; Melanie Cassoff, Managing Director of Freelands Foundation.


The Freelands Foundation has announced Yorkshire-based institution Hepworth Wakefield as the recipient of the annual £100,000 Freelands Award. The Freelands Award was established in 2016 by Freelands Foundation, to enable a regional arts organisation to present a largescale exhibition, including a significant new work, by a midcareer female artist. The Hepworth Wakefield will be working with the Freelands Foundation to present a major survey exhibition of London-based artist Hannah Starkey in 2020, which will be the artist’s first ever institutional solo exhibition. 

Starkey’s work explores the physical and psychological connections between the female individual and her everyday urban surroundings. For this project, Starkey will create a significant body of new work collaborating with a group of young women in Wakefield, creating images with them that explore their experiences of the city and help them better understand the way in which photographic images — a medium they are using increasingly to shape their own identities — are constructed.

4 December 2019