Henry Moore Institute announces New Senior Team
Release date: Wednesday, 13 September 2017
The Henry Moore Foundation’s Leeds venue has recruited Laurence Sillars to the new post of Head of Exhibitions. He will work alongside Dr Jon Wood, who becomes Head of Research.
The new senior structure comes at a time when the Institute has ambitious plans to expand its curatorial and research programmes through the establishment of a new Sculpture Triennial developed with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle partners.
“The Henry Moore Institute has an unrivalled reputation driven by its pioneering exhibitions programme, research culture and academic community. I am honoured that I will be part of the next phase of such a significant institution’s life and look forward to working with the exceptional team there to further its reach.”
Sillars joins the Henry Moore Institute from the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, where he has been Chief Curator since 2009. Sillars has curated and overseen more than 150 exhibitions including major international solo shows with Lorna Simpson, Jim Shaw, Robert Breer, Bruce Nauman, co-curated three Liverpool Biennials and two Turner Prize exhibitions as well as experimental projects with emerging artists.
“These are important times for sculpture in Yorkshire and I am thrilled to be working with colleagues at the Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds Art Gallery and across the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle in this exciting new chapter.”
Dr Jon Wood, previously Research Curator, has taken on a new, expanded role as Head of Research, developing the Institute’s research and fellowship programmes while continuing curatorial work that has generated exhibitions such as City Sculpture Projects 1972, 1913: The Shape of Time, Freud’s Sculpture and Against Nature: The Hybrid Forms of Modern Sculpture.
Wood and Sillars will work closely together with the Foundation’s Director, Godfrey Worsdale, to lead the Institute at this important time for sculpture in Leeds and Yorkshire.
“This is an exciting moment for the Henry Moore Foundation. The combined experience and expertise in the curatorial and research fields of Laurence Sillars and Dr Jon Wood will enable the Henry Moore Institute to realise ambitious, outward facing projects while growing our substantial contribution to the study and presentation of sculpture.”
At BALTIC Laurence Sillars has worked on numerous exhibitions including Starless Midnight, co-curated with artist Edgar Arceneaux and including the work of Barby Asante, Charles Gaines, Micol Hebron Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Ashley Holmes and Cauleen Smith among others. Major solo exhibitions curated there include those with Omer Fast, Lorna Simpson, Robert Breer, B. Wurtz, Christiana Soulou, Jim Shaw and Salla Tykkä. At BALTIC 39, a project space and partnership with Northumbria University, he implemented BALTIC 39 | FIGURE, an experimental research and development strand for emerging artists to test ideas and works in progress. He co-curated the Turner Prize 2007 and 2012. Prior to his role at BALTIC, Sillars held roles at Tate Liverpool, the Arts Council Collection, Whitechapel Gallery and Chisenhale Gallery.
At Tate Liverpool (2002-2009) Sillars curated exhibitions including Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me and Glenn Brown alongside displays drawn from the Tate collection. He was a co-curator of the Liverpool Biennial in 2004, 2006 and 2008 and in this capacity oversaw some 30 commissions with artists including Teresa Margolles, Rodney Graham, Simryn Gill, Philippe Parreno, and Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. He has contributed texts to a number of publications including Phaidon’s ‘Vitamin P’ and ‘Vitamin P2’ as well as writing and editing many volumes at BALTIC and Tate. He studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, was Research Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University from 2006-2007 and an External Examiner at the Royal College of Art from 2013-2016.
Dr Jon Wood
Dr Jon Wood specialises in twentieth-century and contemporary sculpture, coordinating the Institute’s research programmes, curating exhibitions and developing the Leeds Sculpture Collections. Recent Henry Moore Institute exhibitions include: City Sculpture Projects 1972 (2016), 1913: The Shape of Time (2012) and United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s (2011). In 2015 the Arts Council invited him to co-curate on their large touring exhibition Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986 and in 2014 he co-curated Sculptors’ Papers from the Henry Moore Institute at the Whitechapel Gallery.
He is co-editor of the Sculpture Journal and co-edited publications include: Modern Sculpture Reader (2007/2012), H.S. Ede’s Savage Messiah (2011), Tools of Trades: Articulating Sculptural Practice (2010), Articulate Objects: Voice, Sculpture, and Performance (2009), Carl Plackman: Sculpture, Drawing, Writing (2006) and Sculpture in Twentieth-Century Britain (2003). His writings about the artist’s studio have been anthologised in The Studio (2012), The Studio Reader (2010) and The Fall of the Studio (2009). Jon has worked as an academic partner on several AHRC Research Network Projects and on the AHRC-funded Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, c. 1851-1951. He has supervised several PhDs and acted regularly as external examiner, including at Oxford University, University College London and Melbourne University. He has also served on several steering committees and advisory boards, including Art UK’s ‘Your Sculpture’. He undertook his MA and PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
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