Henry Moore Foundation Director's Christmas Lecture

  • Leeds Art Gallery
  • Tuesday, 12 December 2017
  • Starting at 6pm in the Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery

Henry Moore Foundation Director Godfrey Worsdale will bring to life the story behind the Institute’s current exhibition, Becoming Henry Moore.

Post-war Leeds was a very different city - visually, socially and economically - from today and this lecture will narrate Moore’s experiences, influences and critical support structures during this period.

As a beneficiary of an ex-serviceman’s grant to attend Leeds School of Art, Moore's years in Leeds were critical to his future artistic development. This lecture will draw out some of the key factors which were to lead to Moore himself becoming one of the world’s most influential and successful modernist sculptors.

The lecture will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Henry Moore Institute reception.

About the speaker

Trained as an art historian in London, Godfrey Worsdale’s career began in the early 1990s at the British Museum, where he worked in the Department of Prints and Drawings. In 1994 he simultaneously established Cultural Instructions; an exhibition space in London dedicated to contemporary projects. He joined Southampton City Art Gallery as a curator in 1995 and became its Director three years later.

In 2007 he moved to the North East to establish Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. This was followed by seven years as Director of BALTIC in Gateshead, where he oversaw major solo exhibitions including Jenny Holzer, Daniel Buren, Lorna Simpson, Elizabeth Price, Jim Shaw and Anselm Kiefer. He also founded BALTIC 39; a new space dedicated to research and experimentation, developed in partnership with the Northumbria University.

Worsdale has served as a judge and juror for the 2011 Turner Prize and the 54th and 57th Venice Biennales. In 2015 he became the Director of the Henry Moore Foundation and now divides his time between Perry Green in Hertfordshire where Moore lived and worked, and the Henry Moore Institute in the county in which he, like Henry Moore, grew up. In 2016 Worsdale was awarded an OBE for services to the visual arts.

Venue details

Venue address

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
T: 0113 247 8256
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Opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

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