A Visit to The Print Fair at The Hepworth, Wakefield

Friday is our new adventure day and today we headed to The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield as I wanted to check out The Print Fair which was happening this weekend (23-25th March).

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Photo credit: @andrew_marshall88

The best way to convince me to leave the house is food so of course we had to start our adventure with lunch in the gallery cafe which is filled with greenery and beautiful planters courtesy of Geo Fleur; the food didn’t disappoint either. Once refreshed we took a stroll around the gallery itself, admiring the work of local artists Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore as well as light installation exhibition by Anthony Mcall.

After spending a relaxing hour wandering around the gallery, we headed across the grounds, passing the street food vendors to The Print Fair. It was quite busy even though it was a Friday but I got the opportunity to chat to a few stall holders and thought I would share a few of my favourites with you.

The first thing to catch my eye were these lovely mixed media works by Lucy Freeman. I especially loved the embroidery hoops as they were plant themed which is my absolute favourite.

Then I spoke to a lovely guy called Iain from Print Garage. His pieces were the kind that you could look at forever and keep seeing new things. I also loved his print display on wooden coat hangers.

This gorgeous stand was Ali Appleby. I could happily fill my house with those gorgeous printed cushions and I was so tempted by a windowsill print, maybe I will treat myself to something.

My final highlight was the fun and colourful work of Anna + Kate of The Smallish House. I loved the eclectic mix of homewares but how everything worked so well together as a collection. I couldn’t pick one specific thing that I liked as I think I would have to have it all.

There were so many other fantastic artists and printmakers but I don’t want to spoil it for you if you are planning a visit. The Print Fair is on for the rest of this weekend so is worth stopping by especially if you are local to Wakefield. You can find out more about the gallery here


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