Following our recent Grants Committee meeting, the Henry Moore Foundation is delighted to announce that it was able to confirm support for 26 projects from around the world. In the eyes of the Committee, each of those projects will make an important contribution to the study, and/or development of sculpture.

Amongst the awards, we were pleased to be able to offer a grant to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, USA in support of its forthcoming exhibition, Senga Nengudi: Topologies. We were proud to host Senga’s first major institutional exhibition in Europe at the Henry Moore Institute in 2018, and our Committee is excited to support this important presentation of her work scheduled for May 2021.

We were also very pleased to be able to give the Foundation’s support to the tercentenary exhibition Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the Making at Compton Verney. Since his death in 1721, Gibbons has remained one of the greatest names in the early history of British sculpture, principally for his mastery of carving. This exhibition will seek to revaluate his influence and impact and to generate new thinking about sculpture in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Where possible, the Foundation is keen to support the purchase and commissioning of sculpture acquisitions to enhance public collections. In this round of grants we were able to assist The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in its production of a catalogue made to celebrate the unveiling of a major new work by Canadian artist Brian Jungen. The Foundation is delighted to continue its long association with the AGO.

We were also delighted to support the exhibition Emii Alrai: Hunting Traps and Other Ensnarements taking place later this year at Eastside Projects in Birmingham, UK. The exhibition will be informed by the artist's Iraqi heritage and UK upbringing to generate an environment of new sculptural forms designed to interrogate hierarchies of value in museum collections and to consider how these influence wider understandings of Middle Eastern heritage & culture.

There is much debate currently around sculpture in the public realm, and the Foundation is very happy to support Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's exhibition Anti-Monuments: A Secret Life of Public Sculpture at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - MIMA. Oldenburg and van Bruggen’s Bottle of Notes sculpture was unveiled in Middlesbrough town centre in 1993, eventually leading the way for MIMA to be realised.

Applying for a Henry Moore Foundation Grant

If your organisation would like to apply to the Henry Moore Foundation for support for a project which advances the study or development of sculpture, please take a look at our grants conditions.

Applications are assessed by the Grants Committee at quarterly meetings during the year.

How to apply for a HMF Grant


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