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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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Sculpture and Poetry: a celebration of new publications
Photograph of a small handmade boat. It has been fashioned from a light blue, steel mudguard of a bicycle, cut and bent into the shape of a rowing boat. A book of matches, their heads burned, has been affixed to the boat, making it look overcrowded with passengers.
Part of The Weight of Words
Part of The Weight of Words

Panel discussion and book launch

Sculpture and Poetry: a celebration of new publications

14:00–17:00

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Sculpture Research Library
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
The Weight of Words free guided tours
A group of around a dozen people of all ages are being given a guided tour of the exhibition 'The Weight of Words'. The group is standing in a large, well lit, white-walled gallery space. They are arranged in a semicircle, looking down at a group of many small handmade boats, each fashioned from the steel mudguard of a bicycle and cut and bent into the shape of a small rowing boat. They are all different colours, with many showing signs of rust. A book of matches, their heads burned, has been affixed to each boat, making them look overcrowded with passengers. Around the group other artworks can be seen: wooden letters hang from the ceiling; a wooden and concrete sculpture stands on the gallery floor; and brightly coloured ceramic circles, each painted in a bullseye pattern, are affixed to the gallery walls with long nails.
Part of The Weight of Words
Part of The Weight of Words

Guided tour

The Weight of Words free guided tours

15:00–15:30

Main Galleries
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Sam Rose & Mónica de la Torre
Part of The Weight of Words
Part of The Weight of Words

Discussion

Sam Rose & Mónica de la Torre

18:00–19:00

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Online
Bradford’s Civic Future: the Art of Kirkgate Market
Image shows a digital collage, combining a black and white photo of the exterior architecture of Kirkgate Market in Bradford with a coloured background, fading from yellow at the top to turquoise at the bottom of the background. All the windows and reflective surfaces have been removed from the photo, so that the background colours show through in their place.

Guided tour and talk

Bradford’s Civic Future: the Art of Kirkgate Market

14:00–16:00

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Kirkgate Shopping Centre, Bradford

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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