The art of tweeting at The Hepworth Wakefield

On Wednesday we discovered how Twitter can make a good day
out even better. We weren’t too
surprised to hear back from our brother-in-law, but another
response surprised and impressed us.

Someone at The
Hepworth Wakefield is well on the Twitter ball

How about
that for a welcome? We behaved exactly as predicted, that is:
felt immensely welcome, warm to our hosts (the newish gallery The Hepworth
), relaxed and excited about the visit and
possibly even more disposed to spend money. ( I did ‘spontaneously’
decide to start my Christmas shopping in the Gallery Shop shortly
afterwards.) Note too the plug for national “Ask the Curator’ Day.
A well-placed call to action. Nice one. But our tweet trail
didn’t end there ..

Tweets from
visitors displayed in the entrance hall of The Hepworth Wakefield
demonstrate the gallery’s interest in dialogue with its

That was a challenge / opportunity not to be
missed. We retired to the (excellent) coffee shop and Peter
set about trying to get his tweet on the screen. I said we’d
never see it, that they had someone vetting them all and it
wouldn’t appear until at least Friday. I was totally wrong.

tweets on the wall
at The Hepworth Wakefield

A degree of childish excitement
followed. Then we looked at the art – which was another very
interesting and good experience which I plan to write about
separately soon. As ever, art sets me thinking in all sorts of new
ways. To cut that story short, it resulted in lots of questions. I
remembered the earlier tweet and decided to ‘Ask a Curator’. So the
following question is not the responsibility of TellTalePeter.
It is a serious question (I will explain why, but not in this
blog). The the curator was
asked, and the curator answered.
I thought that was an utterly brilliant answer that
responded to the tone, and the detail of my question.
All in that 140 words. It was almost enough to turn me
from a Facebook fiend to Twitter.

About susancrosstelltale

Great visits to heritage and natural sites do not happen by accident. This blog is about the work that make special sites great places to visit. I hope it will be useful to visitors and host alike. Find out more at me and my blog.
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