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Henry Moore Foundation 2021 Programme

Release date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020

    Emily Dodgson

    • By Emily Dodgson
    • Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
    • Head of Marketing & Communications

    At the end of a formative year, the Henry Moore Foundation are pleased to present an ambitious programme for 2021 which explores the history, politics and future of sculpture through a dynamic programme of exhibitions, events and symposia.


    Leading a pair of exhibitions opening at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, Portable Sculpture brings together work from the 1930s to today which is intended to travel – whether for practical, geopolitical or personal reasons. Alongside this exhibition, the Henry Moore Institute will present a new solo commission by Rafael Pérez Evans, whose radical installation ‘Grounding’ at Goldsmiths this summer saw him dump 29 tonnes of fresh carrots into the courtyard of the university to explore ideas of protest, agriculture and labour.

    The autumn programme will launch with a new exhibition of new and recent work by artist duo Julia Crabtree and William Evans, exploring the possibilities of sculpture through themes including the relationship between ecologies and the body, the virtual and the real, and the meeting point of craft and technology.

    Meanwhile Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Hertfordshire will launch their 2021 programme with This Living Hand, curated by Edmund de Waal to explore the role of touch in Moore’s work. The expansive outdoor sculpture estate will be open to visitors from March 2021 to explore Moore’s home, work and studios, and to discover the landscape that inspired and informed his art practice.

    Finally, following a successful programme of digital events throughout 2020, the Henry Moore Institute will present future debates and events online and in person. Subjects will include a research season exploring current debates around Monuments and their legacies; and the relationship between sculpture and dress featuring a series of artists and academics.

    Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

    Portable Sculpture
    5 February–29 August 2021

    Henry Moore Institute is delighted to present a group exhibition exploring sculptures made to fold up, pack down or to travel. Portable Sculpture brings together fifteen artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Barry Flanagan, Mohamad Hafez, Do Ho Suh and Veronica Ryan, with work from 1934 to the present day. Several works are being exhibited in the UK for the first time and the exhibition includes new sculptures by Claire Ashley and James Ackerley.

    The long history of portable sculpture dates back to the small, carved stones made by nomadic tribes during the Ice Age. A combination of unstable geopolitics and sweeping economic change during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has made questions about home and identity, migration and travel, or stability and impermanence ever more pressing. The exhibition explores a variety of responses to circumstances in which permanence is difficult to achieve.

    A series of research events and activities accompanies the exhibition. Including speakers TJ Demos (University of California, Santa Cruz), Dr Heather Diack (University of Miami), Dr Jo Melvin (University of the Arts, London / Barry Flanagan Estate) and artists Claire Ashley and Mohamad Hafez.

    Rafael Pérez Evans

    20 February–27 June 2021

    Earlier this year, sculptor Rafael Pérez Evans dropped twenty-nine tons of (animal grade) carrots outside Goldsmiths College, University of London. Echoing the protests of Spanish farmers that became familiar to him as a child, the gesture created a roadblock of produce, highlighting ongoing tensions around farming, food surpluses, waste and devaluation. Pérez Evans’ temporary sculptures made of grain, vegetables and milk, draw upon a legacy of 1960’s sculpture and Land Art, and visualise the ever-increasing distance between the consumers and producers of food. His exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute will comprise two new works, including one outside the building.

    Rafael Pérez Evans lives and works in London. He is the recipient of the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Beckett University scholarship in partnership with New Contemporaries 2019. Pérez Evans received a BA and MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2010 and 2020). Recent exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, C3A Museum, Córdoba and Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona.

    Julia Crabtree and William Evans
    17 September 2021–16 January 2022

    This exhibition by Julia Crabtree and William Evans will include new and recent work by the duo who have collaborated for over a decade. Using a wealth of materials to explore the possibilities of sculpture, their work responds to themes that are vital to its production today, including entropy, the relationship between ecologies and the body, the virtual and the real, and the meeting point of craft and technology.

    Crabtree and Evans were the recipients of the Nina Stewart Residency award at South London Gallery, the Mary Hofsetter Legacy Scholarship for the New Materiality residency at the Banff Centre, Canada and are Wysing Arts Centre residency alumni. Recent commissions include Gulch, exhibited at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff and Crutch shown as part of Maximum Overdrive at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea. Solo exhibitions include Cell Project Space, London, South London Gallery and Legion TV, London.

    Henry Moore Institute Events Programme

    Online Events
    Henry Moore Institute’s research programme consists of lectures, symposia and discussions. These were postponed in 2020 as a result of Covid-19, but have now been reshaped for online presentation and rescheduled. All events are free to attend, with programmes linked to our exhibitions running alongside the newly introduced Research Seasons.

    Research Seasons
    Henry Moore Institute runs two Research Seasons a year which interrogate different responses to a specific theme. A range of international specialists will take part.

    Monuments Research Season
    Rescheduled: January–March 2021
    Monuments have become headline news all over the world. The twenty-first century has seen actions as diversely motivated as the 2001 destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan by the Taliban, protests over the confederate monument on Capitol Hill in Raleigh, North Carolina, and, most recently, the toppling of Bristol’s monument to Edward Colston during 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests. This Research Season, organised in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Senior, Henry Moore Foundation Post-doctoral Research Fellow, will explore current debates around monuments, providing a platform for new research into monumental sculpture and its historical and geopolitical legacies. The series includes the lectures Monuments, Sexuality, and Contested Spaces with Dr Martin Zebracki (University of Leeds) on Wednesday 13 January 2021, 6pm and Golden Boys with Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman on Wednesday 27 January 2021, 6pm.

    Fabrication Research Season
    April–July 2021
    The practicalities of how an artist approaches making a sculpture have often been shrouded in mystery. The relationship between artists and skilled fabricators is rarely acknowledged. Exploring the blurred lines between art, craft and industry, this Research Season will make visible the ways in which sculptors in both historical and contemporary contexts have realised their vision through processes of collaboration and exchange, and will examine ways in which making sculpture has changed, particularly in light of the recent coronavirus pandemic. This Research Season has been organised in collaboration with Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre, London and the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield.

    Conference: A Not Unruffled Surface: Contemporary Sculpture and Dress
    Wednesday 24 February 2021, 10am–6pm
    This day-long conference investigates the boundaries between dress and sculpture. Convened by Henry Moore Institute and artist Jessica Akerman, speakers will explore the infinite possibilities of hybrid dress and sculpture. Speakers include Sian Bonnell (artist, Manchester Fashion Institute), Paula Chambers (artist, Leeds Arts University), Daniel Fountain (Loughborough University), James Hutchinson (artist, University of Sunderland), Benedict Phillips (artist), June Rowe (University of the Arts, London), Richard Sorger (Kingston School of Art, Kingston University), Emily Speed (artist) and Dr Stefaan Vervoort (Ghent University.

    Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire

    Henry Moore Studios & Gardens will reopen to the public from 31 March 2021 welcoming visitors to explore its 72 acre estate including the expansive sculpture gardens surrounding Moore’s rural home, Hogland’s House, and studio network throughout the grounds. Henry Moore Studios & Gardens showcases Henry Moore's iconic sculptures including Family Group (1948-49), Double Oval (1966) and Sheep Piece (1971-72), offering an experience of his work in a safe and socially distanced environment. Moore’s home and studios served as a profound source of inspiration, and what began as a modest farmhouse grew to incorporate acres of countryside, to become the epicentre of his global art presence.

    Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm (government guidelines permitting), last admission: 4pm

    This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore
    31 March – 31 October 2021

    The acclaimed artist and author, Edmund de Waal, has curated an exhibition of works by Henry Moore in which visitors will be encouraged to touch some of the sculptures. Entitled This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal Presents Henry Moore, the exhibition will focus on the role of touch and the hand in Henry Moore’s art and will also include a series of original sculptures.

    Edmund de Waal has placed Moore’s words ‘tactile experience is very important as an aesthetic dimension in sculpture’ at the heart of his exhibition, which also showcases the iconography of the hand in Moore’s works.

    An accompanying events programme will include:

    Curator Talk with Edmund de Waal
    Thursday 10 June 2021, 6 – 8pm
    Curator of This Living Hand, artist and writer Edmund de Waal explores the importance of tactile experience in relation to sculpture.

    Edmund de Waal and Mary Moore: in conversation
    Thursday 7 October, 6 – 8pm
    Exhibition curator, artist and writer Edmund de Waal in conversation with fellow artist and Henry Moore’s daughter, Mary Moore.


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    About The Henry Moore Foundation

    The Henry Moore Foundation was founded by the artist and his family in 1977 to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts. Today it supports innovative sculpture projects, devises an imaginative programme of exhibitions and research worldwide, and preserves the legacy of Moore himself: one of the great sculptors of the twentieth century, who did so much to bring the art form to a wider audience.

    Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is the home and studios of sculptor Henry Moore, in the Hertfordshire countryside where he conserved and created his internationally recognised sculptures. This rural home and studio served as a profound source of inspiration, what started off as a modest farmhouse grew to a 72-acre estate and became the epicentre of his global art presence.
    Open Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm (government guidelines permitting), last admission: 4pm

    Henry Moore Archive comprises over three quarters of a million publications, documents, images and recordings created and collected from the artist’s working life to the present day. It illuminates Moore’s creativity, passion and curiosity and documents his influence on 20th and 21st Century art. The Archive is housed in an architect-designed building, completed in 2016, in the grounds of Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. It is currently closed to researchers owing to the pandemic and aims to reopen in 2021

    Henry Moore Institute welcomes everyone to visit their Galleries, Research Library and Archive to experience, study and enjoy sculpture from around the world. The Institute can be found in the centre of Leeds, the city where Henry Moore (1898–1986) began his training as a sculptor. Their changing programme of historical, modern and contemporary exhibitions and events encourage thinking about what sculpture is, how it is made and the artists who make it.

    As part of the Henry Moore Foundation, they are a hub for sculpture, connecting a global network of artists and scholars, continuing research into the art form and ensuring that sculpture is accessible and celebrated by a wide audience.

    Henry Moore Institute is situated on The Headrow, next to Leeds Art Gallery, in Leeds city centre's cultural hub, just a five-minute walk from Leeds Station. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am–5pm, (government guidelines permitting) free entry

    Sculpture Research Library and Archive of Sculptors’ Papers

    With more than 27,000 books, exhibition catalogues, journals and audio-visual items, the Library is an outstanding resource for studying sculpture. Visitors to the Library are encouraged to browse the online catalogue before their visit and let Library staff know in advance know what they are interested in viewing during their visit.

    The Henry Moore Institute houses Leeds Museums and Galleries’ collection of sculptors’ papers which tell the story of British sculpture from the eighteenth century to the present day. The Library and Archive are open to the public Tuesday–Friday 10am–5pm, by pre-booked timed ticket only.