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Staying safe during your visit

We are delighted to be open again after a temporary closure of more than five months due to Covid-19.

Your visit

Guided by the latest official advice, a range of measures have been put into place to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and the local community.

To manage the number of visitors so that everyone can enjoy the Galleries, Research Library and Archive at a safe distance, we have introduced a pre-booking system for free timed entry. Free admission tickets are now available to book via Art Tickets.   

Providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our staff and visitors is our priority.

Keeping you safe

  • We have introduced a one way system around the building, with separate entry and exit to the building. Please follow the signs to find your way around.
  • We have temporarily closed the bridge linking Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery. To get to Leeds Art Gallery, you will need to use their main entrance. Find out more about visiting Leeds Art Gallery.
  • Hand sanitiser is available for your use throughout the building.
  • To ensure we stay Covid safe, our toilets are not currently in use. We apologise for any inconvenience.
  • We are here to help, please ask staff if you need assistance during your visit.

Protecting yourself and others

  • Please wear a face covering throughout your visit, unless you have a condition which means wearing one is not advisable.
  • Please stay safe, give others space to enjoy their visit observe social distancing.
  • Do not attempt to visit if you are suffering from symptoms of Covid-19.

To ensure your health and the safety of those around you, please keep up with the latest public health advice provided by the NHS and the government and we will update this page with further information about visiting the Institute as they change.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Exhibitions and Events

Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body

We closed our doors on 17 March, just five days after we had opened this new exhibition. Originally due to close on 28 June, we are delighted to announce Bumped Body has been extended to 3 January 2021 to allow everyone the opportunity to see it.

Online events

While our galleries were closed, we continued to create a rich series of resources for you to enjoy sculpture while at home. All of these online events and activities are still available on our website.

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.

Bags of Creativity - Six fun creative activities you can do from home using basic materials, perfect for the summer holidays.

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.

More information

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire, is now open to visitors until the end of the visitor season on 1 November 2020.

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