Re/Construct: Sculpting, the Origins of Objects with Emii Alrai

This session is suitable for adults and young people aged 16+

Join Emii Alrai to explore the shaping and sculpting of narratives, materials and hierarchies. Share personal histories, create vessels in clay, experiment with adding colour and finish using patination techniques and approaches to forging these. Come to understand the origins of objects and take away your own.


Beginning together to consider the power of storytelling, impermeable words, historiography, we’ll collectively take time to play with how these shape what you’ll make. Take inspiration from Moore’s sculptures outdoors, the materials, scale, the coloured patinas they are coated in and their dissemination locally and globally.

Emii will lead material demonstrations and get you started with creating in clay using coiling techniques, with small scale models known as maquettes in mind, to build your ideas, objects and histories. You’ll then be guided in re-creating ways of coating and finishing to apply to your objects and artworks; use ink mixing methods with gilding leaf, create the oxidised blue green appearance known as verdigris, see how pigments produce illusions.


Adult: £15.50, Concessions: £14.15, Child (aged 16 to 18): £8.25
Your workshop ticket includes entry to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Recommended for age 16+. Not suitable for younger children.
This workshop is limited to 15 participants. Please book a ticket for every person taking part. 

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Subsidised tickets

Tickets for our Re/Construct Workshops include entry to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, so you can explore Henry Moore’s work during your visit. We are able to offer five free tickets for each workshop, to anyone who would not normally be in a position to pay the entrance fee, or carers who need to accompany a disabled participant. If you are able to pay the entrance fee of Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, please do not request a free ticket.

To request a free ticket to one of the Re/Construct Summer Workshops, please fill in the enquiry form on this page. Please let us know the date, title and time of the workshop you would like to attend and how many tickets you would like. Once we have received your message, someone will be in touch to confirm your booking.

Part of the Re/Construct summer workshop series

Rooted in making processes used by Henry Moore to construct artworks. Led by creative practitioners redefining social constructs with these ways of working.

See all events in the Re/Construct summer workshop series


About the Practitioner

Emii Alrai’s practice is informed by inherited nostalgia, geographical identity and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and displaying objects. Focusing on the ancient mythologies from the Middle East alongside personal oral histories, Alrai weaves together narratives by forging artefacts and visualising residues of cultural collision. Often working at large scale, she creates sculptural installations that recall museological displays and dioramas, natural landscapes and processes of decay and ruin.

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