Hepworth helps out Harvey

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shoppers can enjoy a taste of The Hepworth Wakefield when they visit Harvey Nichols in Leeds thanks to a new display.

Works by artist Clare Woods and designer Laura Slater have gone on temporary display at the department store’s Fourth Floor Cafe, and will be on show until February.

It has been devised and supported by Harvey Nichols Leeds in partnership with The Hepworth.

Laura said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase my work to new audiences and present textile design in a fresh and innovative way.

“I’ve always wanted to apply my designs to new surfaces within a sight specific format. To be able to do this in a prestigious location like Harvey Nichols, together with The Hepworth Wakefield, this has become an exciting reality.”

Andy Berrington, display manager at Harvey Nichols said: “December and January are particularly busy months for us, with over 35,000 shoppers expected to come through our doors each week.

“By working with The Hepworth Wakefield we can offer our shoppers something a little extra during their visit. We’re delighted to be able to get involved and help to showcase cultural talent on our doorstep to our audiences.”

The display will feature limited edition prints by Clare Woods, which are available to buy.

Produced in September 2011 from her studio in Hereford, the limited editions have been produced to compliment her current exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield The Unquiet Head, on show until January 29.

It features new, large-scale paintings inspired by the Yorkshire landscape, in particular Brimham Rocks and Ilkley Moor.

Clare has a major new commission currently being installed in the Olympic Park ready for next summer.

Textile designer Laura Slater has created a site-specific installation for the display.

Laura has been developing her design practice since graduating from The Royal College of Art in 2008 and now runs her busy studio and print workshop from Wakefield, creating bespoke textiles and products that she screen-prints by hand.

Her work is available to buy from The Hepworth Wakefield shop and in addition, Laura runs hand-on workshops at the gallery and The Art House in Wakefield.

Since opening in May, The Hepworth has welcomed over 330,000 visitors, doubling its first year target and received awards from Elle Decoration and Conde Nast Traveller, to become one of the country’s most inspiring cultural venues.