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 garden will have a rolling programme of outdoor sculptures and special events for all to enjoy and a dedicated learning studio for young people, school groups, families and local communities to learn and get creative in the outdoors. 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 are introducing over 14,000 plants and trees into the site in a successional planting scheme to achieve a long flowering season. This 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 £1.5million 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. 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.
Here are some of the things your support could help us buy:
£1,800 - sculpture plinth
£430 - lawn mower
£245 - hedgetrimmer
£150 - garden furniture
£75 - 1m2 of plants
£35 - digging fork
£24 - long handled leaf grabber
Please make a donation today and encourage friends and family to support our project. Thank you!