The Henry Moore Foundation has shown its on-going commitment to the future of sculpture with the announcement of its new Artist Award Scheme. As a response to the pressures brought about by the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation has allocated more than £60,000 of funding and resources to directly assist 40 artists at a time when other sources of income might no longer be available.

The artists from across the UK, including Anna Berry, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Jasleen Kaur, were nominated from a panel of 20 prominent figures in the sector including Beth Bate, Director at Dundee Contemporary Arts; Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited; and Zoe Whitley, Director at Chisenhale Gallery, London.

This award will help to support artists in the continuing development of the valuable work they do, following a difficult period where many have lost work due to the cancellation and postponement of exhibitions and a halt on new commissions due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The fund is unrestricted, allowing artists the flexibility to use funds however they need to, whether that’s paying studio rent, buying materials or reimbursing the funds for work lost.

Moore’s appreciation of the support he received stayed with him throughout his life and was instrumental in his decision to establish his Foundation to give support back to the study and future development of the visual arts and sculpture in particular. One of the first of its kind, the Henry Moore Foundation was created by the artist and his family in 1977 to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts. Today it supports innovative sculpture projects around the world, devises an imaginative programme of exhibitions and research, and preserves the legacy of Moore himself: widely recognised as one of the great sculptors of the 20th century.

List of Artists

Aaron McPeake
Alberta Whittle
Alex Frost
Alexander Duncan
Anna Berry
Anne Tallentire
Anne Vibeke Mou
Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom
Ashley Holmes
Becky Beasley
Bob Spriggs
Charlotte Dawson
David Kefford
Dominique White
Emily Hesse
Flora Parrott
Hetain Patel
Jade Montserrat
James Clarkson
James Lake
Jasleen Kaur
Jill McKnight
Joanne Masding
Kathryn Ashill
Katie Schwab
Leo Fitzmaurice
Liam Fallon
Lilah Fowler
Lindsey Mendick
Louise Barrington
Madeleine Pledge
Nancy Allen
Nick Gordon
Nicola Ellis
Phoebe Collings-James
Rachal Bradley
Simeon Barclay
Stuart Whipps

and other artists who wish to remain anonymous