Henry Moore Institute

Temporary closure 

In response to the government’s current Covid-19 guidelines, we are temporarily closed until further notice.

When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, we will reopen our Galleries with the next exhibition, Portable Sculpturealong with our Research Library and Archive of Sculptors' Papers.

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We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.

Enjoy sculpture online

While our galleries are closed, you can still enjoy sculpture at home through our online events and activities:

Art Encounters

A new series of free short films for schools, Art Encounters supports teachers and learners to discover artists and explore artworks online.

We have created supplementary resources, including digital worksheets, to accompany the first series of Art Encounters, ideal for teachers who wish to send activities to pupils who are learning remotely.

Bumped Body: Online Research Events

We moved our series of lectures, symposia and discussions for Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body online. You can still watch all the original presentations, and recordings of the live discussion events will be available online soon.

Women Who Run with the Wolves

Wild (Wo)men, Commodified Forests: Matter and Myth in German Sculpture

Sculpture, History, Curve: Paloma Varga Weisz

Paloma Varga Weisz in conversation with Laurence Sillars

During lockdown, Paloma Varga Weisz and Laurence Sillars (Head of the Henry Moore Institute) met virtually for a series of video conversations. Available to watch online, they cover everything from their experiences installing the exhibition, the history and ideas behind the sculpture Bumpman, and the work Varga Weisz has been making during lockdown.

Virtual tour of Bumped Body

Take an online tour of Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body with insights from the exhibition's curator, Laurence Sillars (Head of the Henry Moore Institute).

Creative activities

We're keen to inspire making in all forms while our galleries are closed, so we've been working with artists to create a series of Art at Home resources, inspired by Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body.

Home Portraits - Use our printable template to create a miniature, 3D drawing of part of your home.

Curiosity Boxes - Make a curiosity box, find interesting objects to fill it with, then experiment, play and make with your new collection.

Bags of Creativity - Six fun creative activities you can do from home using basic materials.

Sculpture Poems - look at, think and write about sculpture, then turn your ideas into poems or short stories.

Geometric Sculpture - make geometric sculptures from straws and pipe cleaners with a playful sculpture activity that explores maths and science.

Wild Bunch printed collage - explore printing and patterns to create a collage of characters using household materials.

Bumpman drawing challenge - learn techniques to make your drawings look 3D in our video workshop, so that you will be able to draw the bumpiest possible portrait of Bumpman.

Opening times
and getting here

The Henry Moore Institute is situated next door to Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow, in Leeds city centre's cultural hub.

As well as presenting exhibitions and events, encouraging research and hosting a library dedicated to sculpture, the Institute curates the sculpture collection of Leeds Museums and Galleries, which includes an unrivalled archive of sculptors' papers.


In response to the government's current Covid-19 guidelines, the Henry Moore Institute is temporarily closed until further notice.

We will reopen our Galleries, Research Library and Archive of Sculptors’ Papers when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

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Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467