Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

In response to recent, historic and ongoing injustice, we would like to express our solidarity with the Black community. At the Henry Moore Foundation, we will stand against oppression and inequality. We are committed to contributing to a sector and a society that must become inclusive, anti-racist and free of prejudice.

Henry Moore set up his foundation in order to facilitate access to and appreciation of the visual arts, in particular sculpture. We continue this mission through exhibitions, research, fellowships, public programmes, publications, archives and collections.

After a period of reflection, we pledge to take action in the following areas: our commitment to audiences, artists, and our staff; the development of our programme; and the processes of decision making in our organisation, including the allocation of Henry Moore Foundation Grants. 

  • We will continue to review and improve underrepresentation across our organisation; specifically, we will address underrepresentation in our governance and ensure higher levels of representation on our board and committees
  •  We will make sure inclusivity is at the heart of our programming and open up honest and frank discussions on race, particularly in relation to art history
  • As one of the largest artist endowed grant-giving organisations we will continue to review and improve our grant giving programme and its processes
  • We recognise our role and accountability as contributors to art histories. We will be addressing important gaps within our libraries and archives, ensuring we offer an increasingly comprehensive and inclusive record of historical and contemporary sculpture

We recognise and are committed to the urgency with which these actions must be undertaken. We also recognise the need to consult with a diverse group of advisors to evaluate and extend our progress. We acknowledge that further actions and change will be required.

We hope that you will join us on our journey to learn, listen and take action and hold us accountable when necessary. Henry Moore demonstrated that art has the power to inspire change and we have an important role to play in that.