Henry Moore Institute

Temporary closure 

In response to the government’s current Covid-19 guidelines, we will be closed from Thursday 5 November 2020 until further notice.

Following the end of the national lockdown on 2 December, Leeds will be moving into Tier 3 restrictions. Unfortunately, this means that we must remain closed. 

We will open again as soon as restrictions are lifted. Sign up to our mailing list or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for updates.

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

Online events

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

Bumped Body: Online Research Events

We are delighted to introduce a new online format for our rescheduled research events. You can now attend our series of lectures, symposia and discussions online. We invite you to watch recorded talks, submit your questions and then attend our live discussion.

Wild (Wo)men, Commodified Forests: Matter and Myth in German Sculpture - live discussion on Wednesday 2 December, 6pm

Sculpture, History, Curve: Paloma Varga Weisz - live discussion on Wednesday 16 December, 6pm

You can still watch all the recorded talks from previous events online:

Women Who Run with the Wolves

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 whether or not you can make it to our galleries, 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 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 will be closed from Thursday 5 November until further notice.


we are

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