Henry Moore Institute

Welcome to the Henry Moore Institute

We are looking forward to the opening of our next major exhibition, A State of Matter: Modern and Contemporary Glass Sculpture, on 18 February. Our Gallery 4 exhibition Henry Moore: Configuration runs until 23 January. You can also study in our Research Library and explore our Archive of Sculptors' Papers.

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Covid safety

To keep our staff and visitors safe and make sure you have an enjoyable experience, we have decided to keep social distancing and some other covid safety measures in place until further notice. These include reduced capacity, sanitising stations on site and increased levels of hygiene standards. Face masks are required for all visitors, unless they are exempt.

Booking tickets to visit our galleries is no longer necessary, though we advise groups of six or more book in advance to make sure there is space for you all to visit the galleries at the same time. You can still book in advance to visit the Sculpture Research Library if you want to ensure a space is available at the time of your choosing.

Online events

Our events programme is now all online. You can listen to interviews with artists, attend live talks and discussions, or get inspired with creative activities, all from the comfort of your own home.

Sculpture & Poetry Research Season: Online Events

This six-month research season celebrates practitioners and scholars who explore these connections and have developed critical or imaginative ways of turning our attention to them. Bringing together two academic conferences and four public events, each of which invites a renowned artist and renowned poet to discuss the personal and creative overlaps between their fields, their concerns and their work, we will start to map some of these connections along with the latest ideas that are refreshing them.

Art Encounters

A series of free short films for schools, Art Encounters supports teachers and learners to discover artists and explore artworks online.

We have created supplementary resources, including digital worksheets, to accompany the first series of Art Encounters, ideal for teachers who wish to send activities to pupils who are learning remotely.

Previous events

You can still explore our previous exhibitions and Research Seasons online through talks, tours and creative activities.

Discover new research in our Monuments Research Season with podcasts, talks and artists' films exploring the relationship between monuments, gender and sexuality, the role of religion and politics, monuments and colonial memory, and artists' responses to monumentality.

Explore the interconnections between art, craft and industry and the practicalities of making sculpture through our Fabrication Research Season of talks and events.

Meet the artists of Portable Sculpture in a series of short films discussing their work, or learn more about the exhibition through our series of online talks and discussions.

Take an online tour of Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body with the exhibition's curator, listen to our series of interviews with the artist and talks about her work, or try your hand at some creative activities themed around the exhibition.

Opening times
and getting here

The Henry Moore Institute is situated next door to Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow, in Leeds city centre's cultural hub.

As well as presenting exhibitions and events, encouraging research and hosting a library dedicated to sculpture, the Institute curates the sculpture collection of Leeds Museums and Galleries, which includes an unrivalled archive of sculptors' papers.


Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment

we are

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467