Learn more about projects and commissions that we have recently funded in each of the Henry Moore Grants categories.

Current Projects

Long Term Research

Art UK puts all the Nation's public sculptures online for the first time

Art UK
Amount awarded - £10,000.00

A landmark project by Art UK has put all of the nation's public sculptures online for the first time. The unprecedented photography and digitisation project means that the UK’s significant collection of 13,500 public sculptures and monuments is now available to view online for the first time ever. The art education charity has taken over 140,000 photographs of works by renowned artists including Antony Gormley, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. 

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Exhibition

Hew Locke: Foreign Exchange

14 June - 15 August 2022

Ikon Gallery
Amount awarded - £8,000.00

Birmingham 2022 Festival and Ikon launch Foreign Exchange: a temporary public artwork by acclaimed artist Hew Locke which reimagines Birmingham’s Queen Victoria sculpture. The work is presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival and commissioned by Ikon, it is Locke’s first temporary public sculpture, culminating from two decades of research and exploration into historic statues.

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Exhibition

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe

28 May - 21 August 2022

Modern Art Oxford
Amount awarded - £8,000.00

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe is the first public solo exhibition in Europe of the work of Ruth Asawa (1926-2013). Focusing on a dynamic formative period in her life from 1945 to 1980, the exhibition gives audiences a unique experience of the artist and her work, exploring her legacy as an abstract sculptor crucial to modernism in the United States.

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Commissions/Exhibition

Feeling Her Way: Sonia Boyce

23 April - 27 November 2022

British Council
Amount awarded - £17,000.00

We are proud to have supported Sonia Boyce’s exhibition for the British Pavilion at this year’s 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the British Council. Feeling Her Way immerses visitors in the collaborative dynamism of five Black female musicians brought together by the artist to improvise, interact and play with their voices.

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Past Projects2022

HMF Grants: Spring 2021

This spring, the Foundation is delighted to announce that it was able to confirm support for 26 projects from around the world, including the forthcoming exhibitions Senga Nengudi: Topologies at Philadelphia Museum of Art; Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the Making at Compton Verney; and Emii Alrai: Hunting Traps and Other Ensnarements at Eastside Projects.

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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Bob Spriggs, Jade Montserrat, James Lake and Nancy Allen


In this group of artists, examine Bob Spriggs' kinetic sculptures inspired by and fashioned from magnetic forces, explore race and representation in the north of England from Jade Montserrat's black diasporic perspective, marvel at James Lake's elaborate and sophisticated cardboard sculpture, and see how Nancy Allen combines everyday objects with decorative elements.

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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Nicola Ellis, Rachal Bradley and Stuart Whipps


Learn more about Nicola Ellis' interests in the systems of value in industrial processes, Rachal Bradley's reflections on bodies interacting with their environments, and how Stuart Whipps interrogates archives to unearth fresh insights into historical events.

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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Lindsey Mendick, Louise Barrington, Madeleine Pledge and Nick Gordon


Take a closer look at Lindsey Mendick's ceramic storytelling, Louise Barrington's graceful and poetic explorations of space, Madeleine Pledge's use of the language of clothing as a way of discussing the human body, and Nick Gordon's love of materials and instinct for collecting.

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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Katie Schwab, Leo Fitzmaurice, Liam Fallon and Lilah Fowler


This week, learn more about Katie Schwab's research-based practice into underrepresented histories of domestic and civic design, Leo Fitzmaurice's interest in the everyday, Liam Fallon's exploration of queer culture, and Lilah Fowler's interpretations of the intertwining of digital and material worlds.

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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Jasleen Kaur, Jill McKnight, Joanne Masding and Kathryn Ashill


This week we're highlighting Jasleen Kaur's hybrid objects and ongoing exploration of cultural malleability, Jill McKnight's storytelling through sculpture, Joanne Masding's interest in our relationship with cultural objects, and how Kathryn Ashill's work pursues the theatrical in the everyday.

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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Emily Hesse, Flora Parrott, Hetain Patel and James Clarkson


In this group of artists we look at Emily Hesse's connection to the post-industrial landscape of Middlesborough, Flora Parrott's interest in subterranean experiences, Hetain Patel's use of humour in decoding identity and authenticity, and James Clarkson's fascination with materiality and everyday objects.

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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Becky Beasley, Charlotte Dawson, David Kefford and Dominique White


This round of artists takes in Becky Beasley's enigmatic works on ambiguities of human experiences, Charlotte Dawson's interest in collecting as a form of 'memory making', David Kefford's subversion of common objects into new sculptural scenarios, and Dominique White's weaving together of Black Subjectivity, Afro-pessimism and nautical myth.

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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Anna Berry, Anne Vibeke Mou, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Ashley Holmes


This week we take a closer look at four more artists who received funding from our Artist Award Scheme: discover Anna Berry's delicate paper constructions, Anne Vibeke Mou intricate work with glass, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom's multilayered, performative installations, and Ashley Holmes' exploration of of Black British identity through music.

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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Aaron McPeake, Alberta Whittle, Alexander Duncan and Alex Frost


Learn more about Aaron McPeake's interactive, multi-sensory sculptures, Alberta Whittle,'s reflections on memory, trauma, and the legacy of postcolonial power, Alexander Duncan's sculptures that blur the lines between reality and illusion, and Alex Frost's tongue in cheek look at the contemporary phenomena of 'life on-the-go'.

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Artist Award Scheme


The Henry Moore Foundation has shown its on-going commitment to the future of sculpture with the announcement of its new Artist Award Scheme. As a response to the pressures brought about by the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation has allocated more than £60,000 of funding and resources to directly assist 40 artists at a time when other sources of income might no longer be available.

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Exhibition

Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child

9 February - 15 May 2022

Southbank Centre
Amount awarded - £7,000.00

This major retrospective exhibition focuses on the final chapter of Louise Bourgeois’s storied career; a period during which the artist forged a body of work that re-articulated many of her lifelong concerns in newly provocative and profoundly enlivening ways, including her exploration of identity, sexuality, family relationships, reparation, and memory.

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Exhibition

Shahpour Pouyan: Skyhigh is my place

10 November 2021 - 23 January 2022

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Amount awarded - £3,000.00

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens presents Shahpour Pouyan’s ambitious installation Skyhigh is my place. Designed specifically for the museum, the piece is the culmination of over two years of intense research and development. The exhibition is the first solo presentation by the artist in a Belgian public institution.

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2021

Acquisitions

Acquisition of Ben Nicholson's Quai d'Auteuil for Wakefield's art collection

The Hepworth Wakefield
Amount awarded - £15,000.00

Quai d’Auteuil, considered to be one of the most important 'white reliefs' by the pioneering British artist Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) and of immense importance to the development of British Modernism, has been acquired by The Hepworth Wakefield with assistance from the Henry Moore Foundation.

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Long Term Research

Scholarly texts for the Holt/Smithson Foundation Digital Resource Hub

Holt/Smithson Foundation
Amount awarded - £8,000.00

Holt/Smithson Foundation's Scholarly Text Program was conceived to commission and publish new writing on sculpture. Lisa Le Feuvre, Executive Director of the Foundation, explains how this grant helped to commission nine new essays on works by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson.

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Acquisitions

Acquisition of Camille Claudel's L'Implorante by The Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Glasgow Museums (Glasgow Life)
Amount awarded - £10,000.00

The Burrell Collection is the first public UK collection to acquire a work by sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943). L’Implorante, a touching, powerful and rare example of Claudel at her most vulnerable, is the museum’s first acquisition in ten years and the first sculpture by a woman in The Collection.

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Exhibition

Light and Language

Lismore Castle Arts
Amount awarded - £5,000.00

Taking the work of Nancy Holt as a centre point, this exhibition brings together six artists whose work explores ideas of light and language. This is the first time Holt’s work has been seen in conjunction with twenty-first-century artists who have drawn from her legacies.

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Exhibition

Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors

24 October 2020 - 26 September 2021

Tate St. Ives
Amount awarded - £5,000.00

In the UK’s largest exhibition to date by celebrated South Korean artist Haegue Yang, Tate St Ives bring together new and existing works spanning installation, sculpture, drawing, collage and painting.

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HMF Grants: Spring 2021

This spring, the Foundation is delighted to announce that it was able to confirm support for 26 projects from around the world, including the forthcoming exhibitions Senga Nengudi: Topologies at Philadelphia Museum of Art; Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the Making at Compton Verney; and Emii Alrai: Hunting Traps and Other Ensnarements at Eastside Projects.

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