Been meaning to go since it opened 12 months ago. A large grey building of very drab appearance on a rainy day - could equally well have been part of a nuclear power station or a grain store (hard to guess from a distance). Pleasant location beside the canal wharf with rusting old boats and cranes nearby adding interest. The nearby rather ornate red brick Victorian warehouses are, however, much easier on the eye than the Hepworth and it's a pity they couldn't have built something a little more visually appealing/colourful/in keeping with the area. The car park is very expensive at £4.50 a go. Access is via a very grey metal footbridge crossing the river (this rocks and rolls as you go across it - hope nobody has been sea sick)! I honestly didn't enjoy most of the art (predominantly Hepworth and Moore) but everyone to his own taste. Oddly shaped blocks with holes in them leave many people cold. Some of the older paintings were nice - the highlight being a large oil painting of Wakefield's ancient Chantry Chapel (nearby - worth a visit - one of only 4 bridge chapels in the country) with Wakefield Bridge, river and distant cathedral (dated 1793 - but still a recognisable scene). Cafe and shop OK but not special. Interior pleasant enough. I'm glad they've built the gallery as it will attract people to Wakefield and they'll spend money - that's perhaps one of the best things about it. I enjoyed the visit and the concept is quite brilliant really. I'm sure the place will be made more exciting as the years roll by.
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