From 7 April to 25 September 2022, The Hepworth Wakefield will present a retrospective exhibition dedicated to one of the most significant artists working with textiles, fibre, colour and form.
Writing in 1973, Monique Lévi-Strauss described Sheila Hicks’s life as ‘a tissue of threads woven together on purpose or through chance, fertile encounters.’ Bringing together over 70 pieces from international public and private collections, this major exhibition will explore the many facets of Hicks’ ground-breaking work – from her intimate Minimes, small woven drawings she creates on a hand-held frame, to large-scale installations that fill gallery spaces with vibrant colour.
The exhibition will provide insight into how Hicks’ extensive travels across several continents, where she studied vernacular textile traditions and construction techniques through observing and collaborating with local artists, as well as experimenting on her own, has deeply informed and inspired her work.
Collapsing the boundaries between art, architecture and design, Hicks has increasingly engaged with public spaces outside of art gallery environments. She will respond to the spaces inside The Hepworth Wakefield building, designed by David Chipperfield, with a major new commission.