Each year we invite applications for four funded two-week internships for students across MA programmes at UK universities. The internships are aimed at students who have an interest in sculpture and are intended to provide practical experience of working in a museum environment. Internships involve students working with our resources under the supervision of members of our curatorial team. The internships should be completed between January and July 2019. An award of £250 will be given to students at the end of the two week internship and travel expenses will be provided.

To apply, please email a cover letter stating why an internship with the Henry Moore Institute would be suited to your research interests, and a CV to Kirstie Gregory, Research Co-ordinator, kirstie.gregory@henry-moore.org, by Monday 12 November 2018.

National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

National Life Stories (NLS), based at the British Library, was founded in 1987, its brief being to create oral history recordings with a broad spread of the British population. Artists’ Lives was initiated by NLS in 1990 and enables British artists to create a record of their experiences in their own words to complement, enlarge and sometimes challenge accounts by other commentators.

From the outset, NLS has collaborated with HMI to develop the recordings with sculptors. This Internship will involve engaging with this important resource with the aim of enabling us to improve public knowledge of and access to the collection.

Books and Sculpture

This year we initiated a new strand to our Research Programme, a series of discussion-based events, held in our Research Library, exploring the rich relationship between books and sculpture. This internship will involve undertaking research into this subject to help us think about how we might develop this side of our programme in the future.

Yorkshire Sculpture International (two internships available)

A celebration of sculpture in all its forms, Yorkshire Sculpture International (22 June – 29 September 2019) is presented by four world-renowned cultural institutions based in Leeds and Wakefield – the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Two internships will carry out focused research projects into the curatorial theme of the festival put forward by British artist Phyllida Barlow that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the artforms’.

Billie Bond, 2015

MA Sculptural Practice, Colchester School of Art

  • Sculpture and Self-Portraiture

This project involved research into the relatively under-researched area of sculptural self-portraits, looking at this mode of self-representation from medieval times to the present. Billie Bond sourced images and developed ideas alongside Institute staff as the starting point for a public seminar.

This project was developed into the seminar 'Sculpture, Self-Portraiture and Artistic Self-Fashioning in Britain 1890-1940', held at the Henry Moore Institute on 13 December 2017.

Rory Menage, 2015

MA Creative Practice, Leeds College of Art

  • The John Bunting archive

John Bunting (1927-2002) was born in London and evacuated to Yorkshire in 1939. A meeting with Henry Moore encouraged him to attend Saint Martin's School of Art and then the Royal College of Art. His commissions, hewn from local wood and stone, were made for private and public works predominantly in Yorkshire. Bunting rarely exhibited his work or sought public recognition for it. Rory Menage worked to repack and do basic conservation work on John Bunting's archive, given to the Institute in 2005. At the end of the project images from the archive were selected to be used for a library display.

John Bunting: Sculptural Influences and the Memorial Chapel, Oldstead was on display in the Institute's Research Library, 25 July - 3 October 2016.

James Schofield, 2015

MA Exhibition Studies, Liverpool John Moores University

  • Fountains and 'Water Sculpture'

This internship focused on the research and development of a seminar and library display looking at fountains as 'water sculpture'. The Henry Moore Institute Library and Archive are rich in material relating to a subject previously somewhat over-looked by art historians. James Schofield used the library and archive collections to research this subject, identifying material for inclusion in a library display and prepared a public seminar on the subject.

This project was developed into the seminar 'Water, Fountain, Sculpture', held at the Henry Moore Institute on 28 January 2017.

Pippa Eason, 2015

MA Art & Design, Leeds Beckett University

  • Filming Sculpture

Pippa Eason carried out research into the practicalities of filming sculpture. The Henry Moore Institute has a longstanding interest in the relationship between sculpture and film and in 2016 Routledge published a volume of essays on the subject, edited by Institute staff.

Rebecca Starr, 2014

University of Leeds

  • 1965

This internship involved research into works that were made in what was an extremely productive year for sculpture. Primarily using the Institute's Research Library, Rebecca Starr compiled a bibliography, sourced images and artists and developed ideas alongside Institute staff as the starting point for an academic conference.

This project was developed into the conference 'Sculpture: 1965', held at the Leeds Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield, 25 - 26 Septmber 2015.

Madeleine Pelling, 2014

University of York

  • Library Display: The Island

Madeleine Pelling focused on the research and development of a Library display looking at the short-lived magazine, The Island, published in London in 1931. The art editor was Leon Underwood and the magazine included verse, criticism and wood-cut illustrations by a range of British artists including Henry Moore, Eileen Agar, Gertrude Hermes and Blair Hughes-Stanton. The internship involved using the Library collections to research the publication, identifying material for inclusion in the display and preparation of a short wall panel text.

The Island was on display in the Institute's Research Library, 5 May - 27 July 2015.

Clare Nadal, 2014

MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art

  • The British Art Show

In the summer of 2015 British Art Show returned to Leeds for the opening incarnation of this five-year touring exhibition. In this two-part internship, Clare Nadal used the Hayward archive of the history of British Art Show and the Henry Moore Institute Archive and collections to compile a working document with details of works in the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection, focusing on the relationship between sculpture and the British Art Show. Her research also looked at the development of the exhibitions themselves and how the changing role of the curator was reflected in the choice of work exhibited. This research then informed a seminar exploring the changing concepts of sculpture in the British Art Show.

This project was developed into the seminar 'Sculpture and the British Art Shows', held at the Henry Moore Institute on 11 November 2015.

Clare Fisher, 2014

University of St Andrews

  • Peter Stuyvesant City Sculpture project

Clare Fisher researched The Peter Stuyvesant City Sculpture project.

Hannah Biggs, 2013

MA Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

  • Sculpture and Mathematics

The Institute is in the early stages of researching relationships between sculpture and mathematics, looking at subjects such as geometry, quantity, structure, space, multiplicity, patterns and logic - intrinsic aesthetic connections as well as shared questions and qualities. Hannah Biggs, working with the Institute Library and Archive collections, compiled a bibliography, sourced images/artists and developed ideas alongside Institute staff as the starting point for an academic conference in 2014.

This project was developed into the seminar 'Sculpture and Mathematics', held at the Henry Moore Institute on 4 October 2014.

Nele Luttmann

MA History of Art, University of York

  • Avebury internship

Nele Luttmann worked on this project, involving research focused on the famous Neolithic stone circles and pre-historic landscape around the village of Avebury, which contains the largest stone circle in Europe. This historic site of megalithic monuments represents one of the most important historical sites in the UK. The Institute has now started to look more closely at the relationship between henge monuments, stone circles and other monumental sculpture to identify shared intentions and important differences. 

Natalie Meer

MA Contemporary Curating, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Library Display: My Life by Anton Lesseman

Natalie Meer worked on a forthcoming Research Library display designed to coincide with the recent publication of issue 68 in the Institute's journal Essays on Sculpture, My Life by Anton Lesseman. The Essay, comprising selected extracts from a to-be-published biography of an imaginary artist, has been written by artist Paul Becker who is donating Lesseman's archive to the Henry Moore Institute Archive of Sculptors' Papers.  The internship involved working with Institute staff to select items from the donation to create a Library display in 2014. 

The Life of Anton Lesseman (1899-1971) was on display in the Institute's Research Library, 20 June - 14 September 2014.

Essay on Sculpture No. 68: My Life by Anton Lesseman.

Elspeth Mitchell, 2013

MA Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

  • Publications internship

Awarded to Elspeth Mitchell, this internship was aimed at an applicant with an interest in a career in publishing. The key tasks of the internship was to research the publishing field for current books on histories of exhibiting sculpture and interviews with sculptors; to research exhibitions internationally relating to our existing publications; and to identify gaps in current publishing on sculpture.

Lesley Ann Baker, 2012

University of Teesside

  • Sculpture and Mathematics

Lesley Ann Baker looked at subjects such as geometry, quantity, structure, space, multiplicity, patterns and logic. Working with the Institute Library and Archive collections, she compiled a bibliography, sourcing artists and writers who have addressed the subject and developing ideas alongside Institute staff as the starting point for a future academic conference.

This project was developed into the seminar 'Sculpture and Mathematics', held at the Henry Moore Institute on 4 October 2014.

Jessica Gough, 2012

University of Leeds

  • Library Display: Chance

Jessica Gough worked with the Institute's extensive collection of publications, artists' books and archival documents, to help create a Research Library display to complement our Spring 2013 exhibition Robert Filliou: The Institute of Endless Possibilities.  

Douglas Huebler: Documents of Endless Impossibilities was on display in the Institute's Research Library, 30 March - 30 June 2013.

Sally Colledge, 2012

University of Leeds

  • Publications

Sally Colledge researched the publishing field for current books on histories of exhibiting sculpture and interviews with sculptors, researched exhibitions internationally relating to our existing publications and identified gaps in current publishing on sculpture.

Stephanie Kogler, 2012

University of Essex

  • Gego

Stephanie Kogler undertook a project involving research focusing on the work of the sculptor Gego (b. Gertrud Goldschmidt, Hamburg, 1912; d. Caracas, 1994). During her internship she assisted the Institute with curatorial research towards a future exhibition on the artist, worked with archival material and texts in Spanish, and communicated with collections in Spain and Venezuela.

Gego. Line as Object was on display in Galleries 1, 2, and 3 and the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, 24 July - 19 October 2014.

Sophie Barnes, 2011

MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies, Manchester University

  • 1913

Involving research for a winter 2012 exhibition and associated events programme, this internship focused on the role of sculpture in 1913, considering sculpture in relation to other media in this important year. Based in the Institute's library, Sophie Barnes conducted both object and issue-based research.

1913: The Shape of Time was on display in Galleries 1, 2, and 3, 22 November 2012 - 17 February 2013.

Ellen Feiss

MA Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College

  • Environments of Polychromy

Ellen Feiss worked on this strand of research into the history of the exhibition of sculpture. Using the Institute's library, archive and collections, this project involved compiling a bibliography, sourcing images/artists and developing ideas alongside research staff.

This project was developed into the conference 'Polychromy and its Environments: New Perspectives on Colour and the Display of Nineteenth-century Sculpture', held at the Henry Moore Institute on 16 June 2012.

Nicola Celia Wright, 2011

MFA Curating, Goldsmiths College

  • Michael Dean

Nicola Celia Wright was awarded this project on the British artist Michael Dean. Dean was a Henry Moore Institute Research Fellow in 2009 and, having exhibited widely nationally and internationally, the Institute held his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery in April 2012. Working closely with curatorial staff and the artist, Nicola was involved in the technical realisation of a major single-artist exhibition as Dean constructed artwork on site.

Michael Dean: Government was on display in Galleries 1, 2, and 3, 12 April - 17 June 2012.

Stefanie Woodford, 2011

MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies, University of Leeds

  • The Helen Chadwick Archive - preservation and documentation

Stefanie Woodford was awarded this archive project focusing on preserving and making accessible an extensive collection of colour slides, around 500 in total, in the Helen Chadwick Archive. The internship required research to gain an understanding of Chadwick's oeuvre to enable the identification of the works shown in the slides. The slides are part of this detailed record of the development of Chadwick's practice that also includes letters, photographs, film, costume and sketchbooks.

Roslyn Stanwick, 2010

MA History of Art, University of Leeds

  • Public Sculpture in Leeds

Roslyn Stanwick collated information on a work of public sculpture in Leeds. Using the HMI archive as a starting point, the project explored many of Leeds' libraries and landmarks.

Rachel Cunningham Clark, 2010

MA Arts & Culture, University of Leeds

  • Sculpture and Comic Art

Rachel Cunningham Clark researched the relationship between sculpture and comic, cartoon, caricature and animation art. This project is fed into a forthcoming workshop, and a wider academic conference, in 2011.

This project was developed into the seminar 'Sculpture and Comic Art', held at the Henry Moore Institute on 16 November 2011. 

Harriet Allen, 2010

MA History of Art, University of Leeds

  • Savage Messiah

Harriet Allen focused on a spring 2011 exhibition which highlights the ways in which the life of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) entered mainstream culture. The highly influential French-born sculptor's identity has since become mythologised through the publication of the biographical novel Savage Messiah in 1930.

Savage Messiah: The Creation of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was on display in Gallery 4, 16 March - 31 July 2011.

Liz Stainforth, 2010

MA Museum & Gallery Studies, University of Leeds

  • Helen Chadwick Archive

Liz Stainforth worked with the Henry Moore Institute's archive, researching and cataloguing the various films, documentaries and audio records about the life and work of artist Helen Chadwick. 

Elizabeth Hardwick, 2009

MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies, University of Leeds

  • Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture

Elizabeth Hardwick worked with HMI staff on researching and developing a collections display at Leeds Art Gallery. The display aimed to creatively reflect the findings of the Glasgow University-based AHRC funded research project, Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture, c. 1851- 1951 on which the HMI is a project partner. The display coincided with the fruition of the project in Spring 2011.

The Practice and Profession of Sculpture: Objects from the Leeds Collection was on display in the Sculpture Galleries of Leeds Art Gallery, 15 November 2010 - 17 June 2012.

Claire Evans and Nell Crook, 2009

MA Fine Art and MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies, University of Leeds

  • Leeds Sculpture Collection

Claire Evans (MA Fine Art) and Nell Crook (MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies) worked together researching, collating and composing captions for key works in the Leeds Sculpture collection for the online catalogue, which will be going live from 2010.

Erin McCutcheon, 2009

MA History of Art, University of Leeds

  • Peter Peri Archive

Erin McCutcheon worked on an archival project with Leeds Art Gallery's collection of Peter Peri drawings. This involved revising the works' introduction in the HMI records, checking the accuracy of the item descriptions and repackaging the collection.

Emily Smeaton, 2009

MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies, Manchester University

  • The Developing Process

Emily Smeaton worked on compiling information to accompany The Developing Process exhibition from library and archive resources.

The Developing Process: The sculptor’s education in drawings and photography was on display in the Sculpture Study Galleries, 9 October 2009 - 2 May 2010.