We need your help to complete the fundraising campaign to transform a strip of unloved land next to the gallery into a beautiful free public garden by internationally renowned garden designer, Tom Stuart-Smith.
The first phase of the garden opened in August 2019 with a display of outdoor sculptures and programme of special events for young people, school groups, families and local communities to learn and get creative in the outdoors. We now need to complete the area adjacent to Doncaster Road, which will be densely planted with trees creating a 'woodland edge' and blocking out much of the traffic noise. We also need to restore a small Victorian gatehouse that sits within the garden and bring it back to life as a catering kiosk.
The garden will allow us to enhance the way we explore Barbara Hepworth's legacy and her deep connection to the Yorkshire landscape which was an important influence on her work throughout her career.
Barbara Hepworth said:
I prefer my work to be shown outside. I think sculpture grows in the open light and with the movement of the sun its aspect is always changing.
We have introduced over 14,000 plants and trees into the site in a successional planting scheme to achieve a long flowering season. In addition, we have recently planted over 9,000 spring flowering bulbs. The new plants will offer rich pollen and nectar food sources for a variety of insects and much needed places for birds and insects to shelter, feed and reproduce, creating an oasis in the heart of the city.
Tom Stuart-Smith said of the project:
Public commissions like these are scarce in the UK. I truly believe in the community and health benefits that gardens can bring and I am particularly excited by the socially transformative opportunities of this project.
Over the last two years we have raised over £1.4million from a variety of public funding bodies, trusts and foundations and individuals to achieve this ambitious project but still have a little way to go to finish the project. Your donation, no matter the size, would play an important part in helping us realise one of the largest free public gardens in the UK in a city that suffers from stubborn deprivation.
Please make a donation today and encourage friends and family to support our project. Thank you!