Henry Moore: The Sixties

1 April – 30 October 2022

Join us at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in 2022 for a fascinating insight into Moore's life and work during a pivotal decade in his career.

In the 1960s, Moore embraced new materials and techniques which enabled him to work on an increasingly monumental scale. He incorporated a greater degree of abstraction in his work and satisfied an enormous global demand for his art, which sometimes generated controversy. This exhibition will feature rarely seen sculptures, drawings, graphics and a wealth of archive material drawn entirely from our collections to illuminate the innovation of an artist at the height of his powers. 

Moore’s increasing fame as an artist brought about world-wide demand for his work, while he also attracted criticism and controversy in the art world. Explore the development of Moore’s iconic commissions and how a new generation of artists sought to challenge him. 

Of the 30 sculptures on show, highlights include the never-before-exhibited plaster for Large Spindle Piece 1968 and the working models for some of Moore's most important, international commissions. Over twenty drawings and graphics will reveal Moore’s incredible use of colour and his pioneering use of new printing techniques.

Entry to Henry Moore: The Sixties will be included in in a ticket to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Located at the artist’s former home in Hertfordshire, the gardens showcase Moore’s monumental sculptures in the landscape where he worked for over four decades. His studios are open for you to explore the creative processes behind his well-known artworks and the family’s home houses Moore’s own art collection and the curiosities that often inspired his sculpture.

Adult admission: £16. Free for Henry Moore Friends.

Tickets are now on sale for April, May and June, via our Art Tickets page. 

Book tickets

Gallery Talks

Last Thursday of each month, 2.30pm, Sheep Field Barn Gallery
Free with admission

Making Space: Scale, the Studio, the Square
Thursday 30 June
Join Hannah Higham, curator of Henry Moore: the Sixties, for a short talk exploring key moments in the development of Moore’s large-scale sculpture and its impact on how we think about public art.

Open Archive

Second Thursday of each month, 11am-4pm
Free with Admission

The Shape of a Decade
Thursday 14 July (also 8 September)

Take a closer look at the development of five key, monumental, bronze works created by Moore in the 1960s, all of which are publicly sited in cities around the world. 

All the World's a Stage: Henry Moore and the Performing Arts
Thursday 11 August  (also 13 October)

Explore archive materials which reveal Henry Moore's long-standing interest in and support of the Performing Arts, and how this inspired his own artistic output.

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

Opening times 2022:
1 April to 30 October 2022
Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am-5pm

Henry Moore Archive:
Open by appointment. Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm