Road Trip • Autumn 2011

Just back from my Autumn road trip revitalised and raring to go. The trip took in a couple of days at the Drunken Duck Inn in the beautiful Lake District. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and our 36th Wedding Anniversary as well. We met up with our friend Steve Holmes with whom we enjoyed a couple of pints of the very tasty Barngates Brewery Cat Nap Ale.
After a couple of days relaxation at the Duck we moved on to Leeds for a stop-over on the way to the Hepworth, Wakefield. I love Leeds as a city especially the Victoria sector. 
We called in at Whitelocks  which sadly was very lacking in atmosphere this time. The recession has obviously hit hard. 
Searching for a Tapas bar we happened instead upon Carluccio’s  which had a fantastic meal deal on. I can really recommend trying it. 

Then on to the fantastic Hepworth in Wakefield. This was our first visit and I was very impressed by everything about it. I am a big fan of Barbara Hepworth so it was great to see a whole section of the Gallery devoted to showing the way she worked. It was wonderful to see so many young people at the Gallery. Many were participating in the various workshops on offer over half term. 

The scale of Clare Wood’s work (above) was incredible and indeed the larger pieces worked much better, in my opinion, than her smaller scale works. 

Wakefield’s Modern Art Collection are shown alongside pieces on loan from other collections . The Ben Nicholson’s were a joy to see, especially a small piece featuring fish which I had not seen before. 

I particularly love the mark making aspect of Hepworth’s work and the way stitch is used within it. 

It has to be said that the Hepworth also has a great Café, a vital ingredient of a Museum/ Gallery and a very high quality Gift/Book Shop where I stocked up on greetings cards.
GGIFT are working hard to get something of this quality at the Ice Factory in Grimsby.

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