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Coronavirus information

Last updated: 12:30pm, Wednesday 15 July 2020

The Henry Moore Institute will reopen to the public on Tuesday 1 September 2020 after a temporary closure of more than five months due to Covid-19.

Your visit

Guided by the latest official advice, a range of measures have been put into place to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and the local community.

To manage the number of visitors so that everyone can enjoy the Galleries, Research Library and Archive at a safe distance, we have introduced a pre-booking system. Free admission tickets will be available to book from 18 August 2020 on our website, alongside the latest information and guidance on how to visit.   

Providing a safe and enjoyable experience is our priority; a one-way system has been implemented to guide visitors around the Galleries, hand-sanitising stations will be available throughout the building, an enhanced cleaning regime will be in operation and staff will be issued with PPE.

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 we get closer to reopening.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Exhibitions and Events

Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body

We closed our doors on 17 March, just five days after we had opened this new exhibition. Originally due to close on 28 June, we are delighted to announce Bumped Body has been extended to 3 January 2021 to allow everyone the opportunity to see it. 

Online events

Paloma Varga Weisz in conversation with Laurence Sillars

While the gallery was closed, Paloma Varga Weisz and Laurence Sillars, Head of the Henry Moore Institute, met virtually for a series of video conversations. Available to watch online, they cover everything from their experiences installing the exhibition, the history and ideas behind the sculpture Bumpman, and the work Varga Weisz  has been making during lockdown.

Creative activities

We're keen to inspire making in all forms while our galleries are closed, so we've been working with artists to create a series of Art at Home resources, inspired by Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body.

Sculpture Poems activity - look at, think and write about sculpture, then turn your ideas into poems or short stories.

Geometric Sculpture activity - make geometric sculptures from straws and pipe cleaners with a playful sculpture activity that explores maths and science.

Wild Bunch printed collage activity - explore printing and patterns to create a collage of characters using household materials.

Bumpman drawing activity - learn techniques to make your drawings look 3D in our video workshop, so that you will be able to draw the bumpiest possible portrait of Bumpman.

More information

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire, is now open to visitors until the end of the visitor season on 1 November 2020.

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