Sense - Perception: Sculpture, Drawing and the Influence of Classicism

This year marks the opening of two major exhibitions by the Henry Moore Foundation: Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing (3 April - 27 October at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens) and Edward Allington: Things Unsaid (25 October - 19 January at the Henry Moore Institute).

While primarily known as sculptors, both Allington (1951-2017) and Moore (1898-1986) were exceptional draughtsmen. They used drawing to create imaginary spaces and impossible compositions, testing the limitations of the real world.

They can be further connected by their mutual interest in the Classical world, which this two day conference will use as a key research focus. What role did drawing have in re-configuring or re-capturing the essence of a world known primarily through sculpture and, moreover, the fragment? Does the creation of perceived space on paper, rather than the physical actuality of a three-dimensional object afford these sculptors an opportunity to further new understanding? Can Plato’s theories on sense, perception and form help to interpret such work?

By using the work of Moore and Allington as a starting point, this conference will explore the importance of drawing to sculptural practice.

Originally planned for Friday 11 October, Tania Kovats' lecture will now take place on Friday 6 December.

Saturday 12 October, 10am - 6pm

Henry Moore Studio & Gardens, Perry Green

10amRegistration and Coffee
10:20amWelcome and Introduction
Kirstie Gregory (Henry Moore Institute) and Dr Hannah Higham (Henry Moore Foundation)

Session 1: Plastic Drawing

 Chair: Prof. Anne Wagner (University of Berkeley, California)
10:30am"Moore/Italy 1925". Considerations on the Fascination of the Young Henry Moore for the Trecento and Quattrocento Artists
Dr Emanuele Greco (Stiftung Arp e.V.)
11amFrom three to two dimensions and back again: Flaxman and the Greek vase
Prof. Amy Smith (University of Reading)
11:30amSculpture Without Jeopardy: The Space of Drawing as a Safe Place
Desmond Brett (Royal College of Art)
 Followed by Panel Discussion
1:30pmIntroduction to the exhibition Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing with Sebastiano Barassi (Henry Moore Foundation)

Session 2: Fragments – Architectural, Sculptural and Illusionary

 Chair: Dr Nina Pearlman (University College London)
2:30pmDrawing Sculpture in Fragmentation: Whistler, Rodin and Non Finito
Marte Stinis (University of York)
3pmThe Shadow out of Time: Edward Allington’s Architectural Fragments
Kirstie Gregory (Henry Moore Institute)
 Followed by Panel Discussion
4 - 6pmArtist’s Lecture: Lucy Skaer
With wine reception


Friday 29 November, 10am - 6:30pm

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

10amRegistration and Coffee
10:20amWelcome and Introduction
Kirstie Gregory (Henry Moore Institute) and Dr Hannah Higham (Henry Moore Foundation)

Session 1: Picturing Sculpture

 Chair: Katherine Stout (Focal Point Gallery)
10:30amPicasso's Vollard Suite and the Dematerialisation of Classical Sculpture
John Damastra (Williams College, Massachusetts)
11amAllington and Moore: Framing the Sculptural within the Pictorial
Deanna Petherbridge (The Warburg Institute, London)
11:30amFrom 2- to 3-D and Back Again: Alice Aycock's Project for a Circular Building with Narrow Ledges for Walking (1976)
Jana La Brasca (University of Texas, Austin)
 Followed by Panel Discussion
12pmIntroduction to the exhibition Edward Allington: Things Unsaid by curator Judith Winter (Gray’s School of Art)
12:30 - 2pmLunch and opportunity to view Edward Allington: Things Unsaid

Session 2: The Consequences of Classical Categorisation in a Digital World

 Chair: Dr Clare O'Dowd (Henry Moore Institute)
2pmDisrupting the Hierarchy of the Senses and Resisting Fragmentation
Kitty Brandon-James (The British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow)
2:30pmSenses Feedback: Can we create some wiggle room in our sensory perception to momentarily glimpse the ideal forms?
Dai Roberts (Henry Moore Foundation)
 Followed by Panel Discussion
3pmTea and coffee served
3:30pmArtist's Lecture: Charles Avery
4:30 - 6pmWine reception

Friday 6 December

Royal Society of Sculptors, South Kensington, London

Artist’s Lecture: Tania Kovats
With wine reception


11/12 October + 6 December
Friday 11 October, Royal Society of Sculptors, London, 6 - 8pm. Artists's lecture and wine reception.
Saturday 12 October, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire, 10am - 6pm. Includes lunch.
Friday 6 December, Royal Society of Sculptors, London, 6 - 8pm. Artists's lecture and wine reception.
£20 / £15 concession

29 November
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 10am - 6pm. Includes lunch.
£20 / £15 concession

Full conference
£30 / £20 concession

Venue details

12 October

Venue address

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Dane Tree House
Perry Green
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)1279 843 333

Opening times

Saturday 4 July to Sunday 1 November
Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am " 5pm
Last admission: 4pm

29 November 2019

Venue address

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

Opening times

Following Government advice about coronavirus (Covid-19), the Henry Moore Institute is currently closed until further notice.

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