Circles of Recognition, Structures of Support: Henry Moore's Early Years

  • Henry Moore Institute
  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018
  • Seminar and reading group, 2 - 7pm in the Institute's seminar room

2 - 4:30pm

‘Circles of Recognition, Structures of Support: Henry Moore’s Early Years’

This afternoon seminar looks at the individuals and institutions which shaped Moore's early years as an artist, and seeks to outline his particular experience of developing an artistic identity in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Speakers include: Dr Alice Correia (University of Salford), Robert Orme (independent) and Dr Robert Sutton (Birkbeck College). Chaired by Sebastiano Barassi (Henry Moore Foundation)

5 - 7pm

Reading group for Narayāna and Bhataryān (c. 1919), a short play by Henry Moore.

Although it is recorded that Moore wrote many poems as a young man, this short play is Moore’s sole surviving literary work.

Performed for the first time in 1919 at Castleford Secondary School, it is dedicated to the memory of the poet Rupert Brooke and is influenced by his work as well as by that of other contemporaneous writers such as James Elroy Flecker and Rabindranath Tagore.

Narayāna and Bhataryān is a tragic play that addresses sacrifice and ritual, narrating the journey of a brother and sister, who take their mother through the desert to what they hope will be a more fruitful life in “a land of rock bound Temples”. This discussion-based event will compromise a small number of short presentations on aspects of this play and will be followed by a reading of it.

Participants include: Sebastiano Barassi (Henry Moore Foundation), Claire Mayoh (Henry Moore Institute), Prof. Simon Morris (Leeds Beckett University), Dr Jack Quin (University of York), Dr Mohite Regini (independent), Nigel Walsh (Leeds Art Gallery), and Dr Jon Wood (Henry Moore Institute).

Venue details

Venue address

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

Opening times

Open 7 days a week, except Bank Holidays, from 11am to 5.30pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Galleries are closed on Mondays.

The Institute will be closed over Christmas on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December, and on Monday 31 December and Tuesday 1 January for the New Year.

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