The Hepworth Wakefield – Yorkshire’s prestigious new art gallery - has appointed Lindley Heritage to manage all of the catering services and facilities at the £35 million venue which opened its doors to the public in May
The £1.8 million, five-year catering agreement is the first contract to be awarded to The Lindley Group’s newly created division which has been established to provide bespoke, high-quality service for heritage sites, arts & leisure venues and other prestige hospitality sectors.
Lindley Heritage’s remit is to service the 80-cover restaurant/café at The Hepworth Wakefield, as well as provide catering for hospitality and special events, and the specialist division will also join forces with sister company, Heathcotes Outside to develop the venue’s banqueting business.
Adam Elliott, CEO of The Lindley Group, says: "The food offer Lindley Heritage will deliver is a simple one that concentrates on delivering high-quality, freshly-prepared food using local produce. There will be a delicious range of seasonal hot food that will be delivered to the table, as well as a great range of food on display on the main counter".
Designed by renowned architect David Chipperfield, The Hepworth Wakefield is the country’s third largest purpose-built art gallery outside London and is expected to attract between 150,000 and 200,00O visitors a year. The state-of the-art facilities also include an auditorium, learning studios, garden, café and shop, all enhanced by stunning views over the River Calder. Enjoying close ties with the Arts Council and the Tate Gallery, the venue’s 10-gallery spaces will display historic and modern art, alongside temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
One of the highlights is a unique collection of 44 rarely-seen sculptures created by the celebrated Wakefield-born Dame Barbara Hepworth, along with works by fellow Yorkshire sculptor Henry Moore, and contemporaries including Ben Nicholson, Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, Patrick Heron, and international artists such as Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti.
Simon Wallis, Gallery Director at the Hepworth Wakefield, says: "The creation of The Hepworth Wakefield is an extraordinary venture and I believe this is going to be one of the UK's great galleries. But it is absolutely grounded in being part of the local community, so we wanted a catering partner who would reflect the core values of the gallery in their food offering.
"Lindley Heritage brought a fresh approach to the table and are very attuned to our requirements. Their focus on local provenance and providing wholesome, good value food, together with their open and flexible approach ticked all of the boxes and we’re delighted that they are joining us on this voyage of discovery.”
Lindley Group’s Elliott adds: "The Hepworth Wakefield is aiming to establish the venue as a ‘centre for excellence’ and we are privileged to be part of the gallery’s plans to put this exciting new venture on the culinary as well as the cultural map.”
"For Lindley Heritage to be awarded such a high profile and prestigious contract at such an early stage in the creation of the new division is fantastic news, and it offers us a tremendous opportunity to showcase Lindley Heritage's expertise in the arts/leisure/heritage sector.
"Whilst attracting art lovers from around the country and abroad, the gallery is first and foremost part of the local community and we’ve reflected this in our menus, with emphasis being given to using locally-sourced produce in regional dishes which have been given a contemporary, innovative twist.”