This spring, The Hepworth Wakefield will open the first public gallery exhibition in Europe of African-American painter Sylvia Snowden’s work.

Snowden was born in 1942 in North Carolina and raised in Louisiana and Washington DC, before taking undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Howard University between 1960 and 1965. Snowden’s artistic training took place during a pivotal moment in Black American political history and the civil rights struggle, and she became deeply invested in these issues. Snowden describes her powerful figurative paintings as ‘portraits of humanity’.

Presenting a selection of work from a career that spans six decades, Painting Humanity will include large early paintings through to more recent works. Snowden works with oil paint and pastels as well as acrylic and collage to create her expressionist, distorted, monumental figures, capturing the psychological essence of her subjects – their triumphs, torments, joys and pains – in thick impasto.

Venue opening hours

Monday : Closed

Tuesday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Car Parking
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Gallery Walk, Wakefield, WF1 5AW