Hepworth Return

We are very excited to announce that we have been asked back to the Hepworth Gallery for 2019 and are booked into a lovely warm end of June slot to ensure you have all come out of Winter hibernation, have done your Spring cleaning and are geared up for a Summer of interiors love.

Modern Shows® Northern pop-up event was a huge success last year with all the locals asking us to please come back again.  Presenting top midcentury dealers in furniture, ceramics, glass, clocks, industrial, art and posters the selling exhibition of approximately 30 dealers attracted more than a thousand visitors across the weekend and Yorkshire’s midcentury lovers were so enthusiastic they clearly  enjoyed chatting to dealers and purchasing the work of Dutch, Scandinavian, American, British and Brazilian furniture designers. Manchester Art Gallery were very chuffed with their two rare Scandinavian lights purchased from Neil Sully at Modern ID (seen here setting up before the show) who will be joining us again in the Calder Space.

The Hepworth Gallery’s modern brutal exterior, designed by David Chipperfield architects as ten trapezoidal blocks, attracts architects from all over the world and could not be more of a perfect fit for Modern Shows®, a brand known for the architecture it shows in. The first building in the UK to be clad with self-compacting pigmented concrete, made on site at the time, the gallery has rooms filled with natural light and a wonderful peaceful feeling that comes from being near boats and water. 

Hepworth wakefield rushing water pic lo res Press

Hepworth wakefield boats pic lo res Press

Visitors enjoy walking across the bridge over the river Calder on arrival and through the modern part of the museum where they will be able to view the 44 plaster and aluminum working models donated by Dame Barbara Hepworth’s family free of charge before attending the fair for a small admission fee. 

Hepworth wakefield sculpture lo res Press

“design heaven”

This fair has the kinds of beautiful pieces that graced the homes of Hepworth and her contemporaries, not to mention the houses of people she sold her pieces to. There was a huge explosion of creativity in the mid 20th century with artists and designers inspiring each other. The Hepworth Gallery is keen to show the links between the two with selling pop ups like Midcentury Modern®.


Danish rosewood and teak from the midcentury masters is a  big pull


We like to start them young. Part of the Orson and Welles team.



Danish Homestore


Twentieth Century Antiques and Twentieth Century Marks taken from Lynways stand


Lovely retro lampshades using original vintage fabrics



Midcentury silver jewellery too

If you are planning a weekend trip you won’t be disappointed. The Hepworth Wakefield is a wonderful place to visit. Close to the Yorkshire sculptor park it takes you back to a bygone age. You are even given a rendition of the ‘Hovis’ theme tune as you come out of Wakefield train station. Plan your visit here 

Midcentury Modern® at The Hepworth Wakefield 

29 – 30 June 2019

10am – 4pm

£5 / £3 Advance / £2 Member advance  

Get ready for original pieces from Eames, Jacobsen, Sarpaneva and Wegner from the time Barbara Hepworth was at her peak.   Impatient to see the kinds of pieces that will be on show? Head to the Modern Shows website or midcentury_modern on instagram

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