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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.

Two black and white archival photographs showing Herbert Read as an older man, sitting behind a small perspex sculpture by Naum Gabo.

Coming next: Herbert Read

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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Exhibition tour of Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness
Detail of Lungiswa Gqunta's installation 'Zinodaka', showing an amophous, clear glass sculpture resting on a bed of dried, cracked clay.
Part of Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness
Part of Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness


Exhibition tour of Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness


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Lungiswa Gqunta in conversation with Melanie Keen
Artist Lungiswa Gqunta crouches by her work.
Part of Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness
Part of Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness


Lungiswa Gqunta in conversation with Melanie Keen


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Post-Doctoral Researcher roles

We are currently recruiting for two Post-Doctoral Researchers, one role to be based in Leeds and one in Hertfordshire. For full details and to download an application pack, please visit our Jobs page.

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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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