This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore

This exhibition will now open on 31 March 2021

Following the latest government advice about Coronavirus, we are sorry to announce that the opening of the exhibition This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore has been postponed.

Our Collections team and de Waal’s studio have considered how best to deliver This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore in this new climate. After careful deliberation, we have all agreed that the best approach, which will allow more visitors to experience the exhibition fully, is to postpone the entire project until 2021.

We are pleased to confirm that This Living Hand will now open at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens on 31 March 2021 and will run, as intended, until 31 October 2021. We look forward to welcoming you to our gallery next year.


Our 2020 exhibition at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens will be This Living Hand. Curated by acclaimed artist and author, Edmund de Waal, the exhibition will explore the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art. 

Moore believed that ‘tactile experience is very important as an aesthetic dimension in sculpture’. Throughout his career he repeatedly emphasised the importance of experiencing sculpture haptically, and often returned to the hand as a subject in his sculpture and drawings, studying its expressive power and symbolic values as Auguste Rodin and Michelangelo, two of his favourite artists, had done before him.

The exhibition will present a selection of original sculptures and other objects which visitors will be invited to touch, as well as a group of drawings and sculptural works charting Moore’s interest in the hand as a subject, from Reclining Figure: Hand 1979 to the numerous two and three-dimensional studies of his own and other subjects’ hands – including the drawings and lithographs he made in 1978 of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Dorothy Hodgkin, who wanted her hands to be used as her portrait.

Entry to This Living Hand is included in Studios & Gardens admission. It is not necessary to book in advance, tickets are not timed and can be purchased on arrival.

If you would prefer to buy your tickets in advance, book online via our Art Tickets page.


Venue details

Venue address

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

Opening times

Following the latest government advice about Coronavirus, we are postponing our annual reopening and will not open for 2020 on 3 April.
As soon as we can safely announce an opening date, we will post information on all of our digital channels.