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Staying safe during your visit

The Henry Moore Institute is open.

We are delighted to reopen our Galleries with two new exhibitions, Portable Sculpture and Rafael Pérez Evans: Handful along with our Research Library and Archive of Sculptors' Papers.

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. We would appreciate visitors continuing to wear masks when this is possible.


As we are continuing to limit capacity, we advise booking in advance to ensure that you can visit at the time of your choosing. Separate tickets are available for visiting the Galleries, Research Library and Archive.

Free admission tickets are now available to book via Art Tickets.   

Providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our staff and visitors is our priority.

Keeping you safe

  • We have introduced a one way system around the building, with separate entry and exit to the building. Please follow the signs to find your way around.
  • We have temporarily closed the bridge linking Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery. To get to Leeds Art Gallery, you will need to use their main entrance. Find out more about visiting Leeds Art Gallery.
  • Hand sanitiser is available for your use throughout the building.
  • To ensure we stay Covid safe, our toilets are not currently in use. We apologise for any inconvenience.
  • We are here to help, please ask staff if you need assistance during your visit.

Protecting yourself and others

  • Please wear a face covering throughout your visit, unless you have a condition which means wearing one is not advisable.
  • Please stay safe, give others space to enjoy their visit observe social distancing.
  • Do not attempt to visit if you are suffering from symptoms of Covid-19.

To ensure your health and the safety of those around you, please keep up with the latest public health advice provided by the NHS and the government and we will update this page with further information about visiting the Institute as they change.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Exhibitions and Events

Our galleries have now reopened with Portable Sculpture, a major new group exhibition exploring sculptures that are deliberately designed to fold up, or pack down, or that have been made while on the move.

Alongside this, we will also be showing Rafael Pérez Evans: Handful, a focused exhibition that presents three new works exploring the tension between basic human need and the overproduction of food.

Online events

We have moved our events programme 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.

Portable Sculpture: Online Research Events

In this series of events, programmed alongside our current major exhibition Portable Sculpture, we will be speaking directly to the artists involved about their sculptures that are deliberately designed to fold up, or pack down, or that have been made while on the move.

Portable Sculpture: Meet the Artists

Six of the artists exhibiting in Portable Sculpture -  Mohamad Hafez, Claire Ashley, James Ackerley, Liz Ensz, Veronica Ryan and Charles Hewling - discuss their work and why they've chosen to make portable sculpture.

Fabrication Research Season

This series of online talks and discussions with artists and fabricators explores the interconnections between art, craft and industry and the practicalities of making sculpture.

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.

Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body

You can still explore our previous exhibition online through talks, tours and creative activities. Take an online tour of with insights from the exhibition's curator, Laurence Sillars (Head of the Henry Moore Institute), or listen to our series of talks with the artist and learn more about the history and ideas behind her sculptures.

Taking inspiration from the exhibition, we worked with artists to make a series of creative activities you can do from home. Make your own Geometric Sculptures or printed collage, test your skills in our Bumpman drawing challenge, or if you're looking for something quick and easy, try out one of six fun activities in Bags of Creativity.

More information

The outdoor sculpture gardens at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire, are now open to visitors. The studios, Aisled Barn and This Living Hand exhibition will be open from Wednesday 19 May.

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