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Simon Wallis profile



The Hepworth Wakefield

Simon Wallis OBE was appointed Director of The Hepworth Wakefield in July 2008, which opened to the public in May 2011. He was awarded an OBE for services to arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015. He was previously Director of Chisenhale Gallery in East London, Senior Exhibitions Organiser at the ICA, London; Curator at Tate Liverpool; and Curator at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge. He studied fine art at Chelsea School of Art and subsequently at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA and gained an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester.



The Hepworth Wakefield is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Yorkshire, set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront overlooking the River Calder. Designed by the acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, the gallery opened in May 2011.


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