Godfrey Worsdale appointed Director of The Henry Moore Foundation

22.04 2015

Godfrey Worsdale, Director of BALTIC, has been appointed Director of The Henry Moore Foundation. He will succeed Richard Calvocoressi, who is retiring after eight years in the role.

Like Henry Moore, Godfrey Worsdale grew up in Yorkshire. Trained as an art historian and conservator in London, he began his career in the early 1990s at the British Museum and simultaneously established Cultural Instructions, an independent exhibition space in London in 1994. He moved to Southampton City Art Gallery as Curator in 1995, and was appointed Director in 1998. In 2002 he became founding Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. In 2008 he was appointed Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and three years later launched BALTIC 39; a significant second site for the institution hosting an innovative university partnership. He has published and lectured widely, has twice served as external examiner at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is Visiting Fellow at Cleveland College of Art and Design. He joined the judging panel of the Paul Hamlyn Awards in 2008, was a selector for the British Pavilion for the 54th Venice Biennale, a judge for the 2011 Turner Prize and for the 2012 Salon Prize. He has chaired the Visual Art and Galleries Association, and is current Chair of England's Contemporary Visual Art Network; a Patron of the Crisis Commission; a Trustee of the Northern Canon Art Collection and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Laws by Northumbria University in 2012.

Godfrey Worsdale will take over from Richard Calvocoressi as Director of the Henry Moore Foundation in July of this year.

Chair of The Henry Moore Foundation, Nigel Carrington commented:
"The Trustees would like to pay tribute to Richard Calvocoressi whose tenure has marked a number of significant strides forward for the organisation. The Foundation's infrastructure has been augmented by a master plan for its Perry Green site, including the construction of a much-needed store for its sculpture collection in 2011 and a new visitor centre and archive due for completion in 2016. Richard's time at the Foundation has also been characterised by a series of ground-breaking exhibitions designed to reassess and reinterpret Henry Moore for a contemporary public, such as the hugely successful Moore Rodin at Perry Green and Compton Verney; Bacon Moore: Flesh and Bone, a record-breaking show for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford; exhibitions at the Gagosian Gallery in London; and an enhanced presence of Moore's sculpture at Tate Britain and in Yorkshire. During Richard's directorship the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds has developed a close and fruitful working relationship with its neighbour, Leeds Art Gallery, which houses one of the finest collections of British sculpture outside London.

At the same time, we are delighted to appoint Godfrey Worsdale as Director of the Henry Moore Foundation. I have no doubt that his outstanding track record as a curator, writer and gallery director will help us to drive forward ambitious future plans at both the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Perry Green, Hertfordshire and at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds as well as internationally."

Godfrey Worsdale added:
"The Henry Moore Foundation occupies a unique position in the art world's ecology; not only in acknowledging Moore's hugely significant contribution to the development of modernism and the history of sculpture, but also in delivering on his determination to enhance the wider public appreciation of visual art. I am delighted to be joining the Foundation at this time, when the importance of Henry Moore's work is increasingly recognised and appreciated, and his crucial commitment to support the visual arts is more important and necessary than ever. I have enjoyed seven fruitful and happy years at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and I now look forward to working with Trustees and colleagues at the Foundation as it moves forward."


The Henry Moore Foundation maintains the artist's home, studios and grounds in Hertfordshire, as well as the world's largest collection of Moore's sculpture, drawings, graphics, textiles and tapestries. This collection is managed from Perry Green by the curatorial staff who are actively involved in the research, support and curating of Moore's work worldwide.

A Company limited by guarantee registered in England number 1255762 Registered Charity number 271370
Registered office: Dane Tree House, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Herts SG10 6EE. Henry Moore is a Registered Trade Mark of The Henry Moore Foundation.

Press enquiries

The Henry Moore Foundation
Rebecca Land
+44 (0)113 246 7467