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The Henry Moore Institute is closed for refurbishment until Summer 2024. Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is closed over winter and will reopen on Wednesday 28 March 2024.

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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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Modern Sculpture, Essence, and Difference: Reflections on the Work of Constantin Brâncuşi
Abstract image composed of layered, stone-textured shapes on a green background.
Part of Brâncuşi and Britain
Part of Brâncuşi and Britain

Early career research symposium

Modern Sculpture, Essence, and Difference: Reflections on the Work of Constantin Brâncuşi

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The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK
Ariane Coulondre and Matthew Gale
Side by side portrait photos of Ariane Coulondre and Matthew Gale.
Part of Brâncuşi and Britain
Part of Brâncuşi and Britain

Curatorial discussion

Ariane Coulondre and Matthew Gale


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Brâncuşi, Britain and the Idea of Modern Sculpture
Black and white vintage photo showing three older men stood in a gallery. Hung on the walls behind them are lots of paintings in fancy frames. The men are dressed in suits, two wear hats, and one holds a walking stick. One is smoking a pipe, and the other two are holding cigarettes.
Part of Brâncuşi and Britain
Part of Brâncuşi and Britain


Brâncuşi, Britain and the Idea of Modern Sculpture

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Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire

Research opportunities

Find out how you can get involved with our research programme.

Calls for papers

We hold conferences on a range of sculpture topics at the Institute in Leeds, Studios & Gardens in Hertfordshire, and with external partner venues.

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.

Please note that the library and archive are open by appointment only while refurbishment work at the Henry Moore Institute is taking place.

Unfortunately, this means there will be access restrictions until summer 2024, which will make it difficult to accommodate everyone.

If you are a researcher who would like to use our resources while the building is closed, please first browse our online library collection and archive catalogue, then contact the Archivist and Librarian to discuss your needs in advance.

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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The Henry Moore Institute is currently closed for refurbishment until summer 2024.

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