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Sculpture research programme

The Henry Moore Institute’s sculpture research programme places sculpture at the centre of current art historical scholarship and actively encourages new research.

Two visitors, a man and a woman, interact with Robert Filliou's 'Collective Dance Poem by Chance', a sculpture comprised of two bicycle wheels.

Sculpture research at the Henry Moore Institute operates across disciplines and art forms, engaging with performance, drawing, photography or architecture, or with wider fields such as politics or anthropology.

We pride ourselves on being a hub of contact and exchange, generating and supporting research networks that extend beyond the confines of academia.

Research seasons

Each year our research programme is organised into specific areas of enquiry, explored through themed Research Seasons. Each season includes a range of research events, conferences, lectures, film screenings and discussions, designed to showcase new thinking on different aspects of sculpture.

Explore our previous research seasons, and watch recordings of talks, conferences and performances.

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Upcoming conferences and events

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To Hell with Culture
Black and white still from film showing Herbert Read holding onto his hat in Yorkshire field. Text at bottom of screen reads Herbert Read strides over the fields surrounding his Yorkshire home.
Part of Reassessing Herbert Read
Part of Reassessing Herbert Read

Film screening

To Hell with Culture

18:00–20:00

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Leeds Central Library
Professor Roger Luckhurst, ‘What is the Colour of Heaven? Women, Spiritualism and Art in the Late 19th Century’
Part of The Colour of Anxiety
Part of The Colour of Anxiety

Lecture

Professor Roger Luckhurst, ‘What is the Colour of Heaven? Women, Spiritualism and Art in the Late 19th Century’

18:00–19:00

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The Man Behind the Moderns
Two black and white archival photographs showing Herbert Read as an older man, sitting behind a small perspex sculpture by Naum Gabo.
Part of Reassessing Herbert Read
Part of Reassessing Herbert Read

Drop-in activity

The Man Behind the Moderns

12:00–14:00

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University of Leeds, Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Opportunities

Our research facilities

We encourage researchers at all levels to seek our advice and make use of our world-class archive, library and sculpture collections in Leeds.

Leeds sculpture collection

We oversee the development of Leeds Museums and Galleries’ sculpture collections, a partnership that has built one of the strongest collections of British sculpture in the country.

Online research resources

Collaboration is at the heart of our research programme.

We have jointly funded and collaborated in a number of initiatives intended to consolidate primary resources for the study of sculpture.

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Essays on Sculpture

Essays on Sculpture is the journal of the Henry Moore Institute, tacking a diverse range of subjects, disciplines and styles to investigate the important role that sculpture plays in the world at large.

 

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