This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore

31 March – 31 October 2021

Our Collections team and de Waal’s studio carefully considered how best to deliver our planned 2020 exhibition, This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore, in the new climate following the pandemic. After careful deliberation, we all agreed that the best approach, allowing more visitors to experience the exhibition fully, was to postpone the entire project until 2021.

We are pleased to confirm that This Living Hand will now open at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens on 31 March 2021 and will run until 31 October 2021. 


This Living Hand, curated by acclaimed artist and author, Edmund de Waal, will explore the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art. 

Moore believed that ‘tactile experience is very important as an aesthetic dimension in sculpture’. Throughout his career he repeatedly emphasised the importance of experiencing sculpture haptically, and often returned to the hand as a subject in his sculpture and drawings, studying its expressive power and symbolic values as Auguste Rodin and Michelangelo, two of his favourite artists, had done before him.

The exhibition will present a selection of original sculptures and other objects which visitors will be invited to touch, as well as a group of drawings and sculptural works charting Moore’s interest in the hand as a subject, from Reclining Figure: Hand 1979 to the numerous two and three-dimensional studies of his own and other subjects’ hands – including the drawings and lithographs he made in 1978 of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Dorothy Hodgkin, who wanted her hands to be used as her portrait.

Entry to This Living Hand is included in Studios & Gardens admission. 


Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Dane Tree House
Perry Green
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)1279 843 333

Opening times

Closed for winter
Opening dates 2021: 31 March to 31 October
Wednesdays to Saturdays and Bank Holidays, 11am to 5pm
Last admission: 4pm