Rather than a chronological survey, the exhibitions presented Hepworth's work in nine sections, each focused on a theme or aspect of her production. Some looked at her development of a particular motif over a period of time, others at a single body of works from a certain moment.
Both exhibitions highlighted Hepworth's sensitivity and attention to her materials as the sculptures in each section were confined to a single material: wood, stone, marble, or bronze. Drawings and paintings were integrated to show how she explored similar concerns in two dimensions. Works shown in the open air at YSP included: Dual Form, 1965; The Family of Man, 1970; Conversation with Magic Stones, 1973; Two Figures, 1968; Rock Form (Porthcurno),1964; Construction (Crucifixion), 1966; River Form, 1965/1973; Two Forms (Divided Circle), 1969; Sea Form (Atlantic), 1964; and Curved Reclining Form (Rosewall), 1960–2.
The YSP exhibition was co-curated by art historian and the artist's grand-daughter, Sophie Bowness.