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Henry Moore Foundation awards £60,000 in rapid-response to artists across the UK amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Release date: Friday, 31 July 2020

    Emily Dodgson

    • By Emily Dodgson
    • Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
    • Head of Marketing & Communications

    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.

    “Coming out of maternity leave into a pandemic has meant little headspace for creative thinking or strategising for the future. This award helps me carve out time and space to tend to my practice or funds to work collaboratively in a time of isolation.”

    Glasgow-born artist Jasleen Kaur

    The artists from across the UK, including Anna Berry, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Jasleen Kaur, were nominated from a panel of 20 prominent figures in the sector including Beth Bate, Director at Dundee Contemporary Arts; Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited; and Zoe Whitley, Director at Chisenhale Gallery, London.

    “Receiving this award from the Henry Moore Foundation’s Artist Award Scheme is something I appreciate greatly for several reasons. Not least is the financial help, desperately needed at this time. But also, being a self-taught outsider artist, to even be on the radar for something like this means a very great deal.”

    Milton Keynes-based artist Anna Berry

    This award will help to support artists in the continuing development of the valuable work they do, following a difficult period where many have lost work due to the cancellation and postponement of exhibitions and a halt on new commissions due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The fund is unrestricted, allowing artists the flexibility to use funds however they need to, whether that’s paying studio rent, buying materials or reimbursing the funds for work lost.

    “This is an incredibly difficult moment for the arts and especially so for many artists who lost much of their income-earning work almost immediately. Sadly, we will see the impact of the pandemic on our industry for a long time to come. Henry Moore himself benefitted from an ex-serviceman’s grant after he fought in World War 1, which enabled him to study sculpture at Leeds College of Art. With this in mind, the Foundation wanted to offer timely support and give artists across the country some much-needed assistance.”

    Godfrey Worsdale, Director of the Henry Moore Foundation

    Moore’s appreciation of the support he received stayed with him throughout his life and was instrumental in his decision to establish his Foundation to give support back to the study and future development of the visual arts and sculpture in particular. One of the first of its kind, the Henry Moore Foundation was created by the artist and his family in 1977 to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts. Today it supports innovative sculpture projects around the world, devises an imaginative programme of exhibitions and research, and preserves the legacy of Moore himself: widely recognised as one of the great sculptors of the 20th century.

    To date the Foundation has awarded grants of £35million to galleries, exhibitions and emerging artists worldwide.

    About Henry Moore Foundation Grants

    Henry Moore Grants awards £500,000 annually and in doing so seeks to continue Moore's legacy by supporting sculpture across historical, modern and contemporary registers and funding research that expands the appreciation of sculpture. Applications are assessed four times during the year by the Grants Committee.

    The first grant was awarded following the inaugural Henry Moore Foundation committee meeting on 26 January, 1977, when it was agreed to give £25,000 to advance the British Museum’s Egyptian sculpture gallery project. Since then the programme has supported international excellence and ambition in the field of sculpture in many ways.

    List of Artists

    Aaron McPeake
    Alberta Whittle
    Alex Frost
    Alexander Duncan
    Anna Berry
    Anne Tallentire
    Anne Vibeke Mou
    Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom
    Ashley Holmes
    Becky Beasley
    Bob Spriggs
    Charlotte Dawson
    David Kefford
    Dominique White
    Emily Hesse
    Flora Parrott
    Hetain Patel
    Jade Montserrat
    James Clarkson
    James Lake
    Jasleen Kaur
    Jill McKnight
    Joanne Masding
    Kathryn Ashill
    Katie Schwab
    Leo Fitzmaurice
    Liam Fallon
    Lilah Fowler
    Lindsey Mendick
    Louise Barrington
    Madeleine Pledge
    Nancy Allen
    Nick Gordon
    Nicola Ellis
    Phoebe Collings-James
    Rachal Bradley
    Simeon Barclay
    Stuart Whipps

    and other artists who wish to remain anonymous