Family Workshop: Sculptural Kaleidoscopes

  • Henry Moore Institute
  • Wednesday, 1 June 2022
  • In-person workshop, 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:30 - 3:30pm. Free, but booking required.

Join artists Alison Smith and Caroline Orrell to make ‘sculptural kaleidoscopes’ in this free intergenerational workshop, inspired by the qualities of glass seen in our exhibition A State of Matter: Modern and Contemporary Glass Sculpture.

After a short tour of the exhibition you’ll make your own 3D objects that reflect and distort light, then play with them using projectors and torches!

Suitable for families with children aged 6+. This is an intergenerational workshop – we encourage creativity in all ages! Children must be accompanied by an adult for the two hours of the workshop.

The event will run at the following times:
Morning session: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Afternoon session: 1:30 - 3:30pm

We have other free, drop-in activities in our galleries for children and families. Our Explorer Bags are filled with tools and activities to guide you through the exhibition, and we've made an interactive light box where you can make collages inspired by the artworks on display. Please see our A State of Matter exhibition page for more information.


Visitors who would prefer a step-free entrance can use the accessible entrance on Cookridge Street using the lift to bring you onto the ground floor. The workshop will take place in the seminar room on the basement level and you can use a passenger lift to all floors of the building.

You can store pushchairs in the seminar room for the whole event.

Toilets are located just outside the seminar room on the basement level, including baby changing facilities within the accessible and gender-neutral toilet.

Please see our accessibility page for more information.

We want to make it as easy as possible for all to attend, so please get in touch if you have any access needs that you would like to discuss before the workshop.


This workshop will include the use of light, video and possibly short periods of flashing light, and therefore may not be suitable for people sensitive to flashing lights or sensory overload.

Venue details

Venue address

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

Opening times

Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment