Studio of one of Britain's greatest sculptors granted highest award

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LONDON, May 18 (Xinhua) -- A former picture theater and dance hall that became the studio of Barbara Hepworth, one of Britain's greatest ever sculptors, was Monday granted the country's highest award to ensure it is saved for the future.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has awarded the building, the Palais de Danse, Grade II listing on the advice of official cultural watchdogs, Historic England. The announcement was timed to coincide this week with the 45th anniversary of Hepworth's death in 1975.

Hepworth first moved to Cornwall in 1939 as demand for her work grew, using a building she bought as her home and studio. That building is now the Barbara Hepworth Museum.

As the scale of Hepworth's work increased with international exhibitions and public commissions, she bought the former cinema and dance hall in 1961 to use as a studio and workshop. There she worked on the prototypes for some of her most prestigious public commissions, including the famous 'Single Form' in the early 1960s for the United Nations building in New York.

A spokeswoman for English Heritage said: "The two buildings represent almost all periods in Hepworth's personal and creative life. They are also an important legacy of Hepworth's long contribution to the public and artistic communities of St Ives, as well as her national and international accolades."

Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston said that Barbara Hepworth is one of Britain's most highly regarded sculptors of her generation and this listing recognizes her long-lasting connection to St Ives, a town in Cornwall. Enditem

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