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The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds is closed for refurbishment until Summer 2024.

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Library displays

We use a display space in the library to show highlights from our collection, including small scale sculpture, works on paper, rare books and archival material.

Refurbishment of the Henry Moore Institute

The library and archive are open by appointment only until summer 2024, while the Institute is undergoing refurbishment work.

Unfortunately, this means there are access restrictions, 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.

Previous library displays

Art and Letters: ‘Little Magazines’ in the Early Twentieth Century

22 November 2021 – 20 March 2022
Sculpture Research Library

Art and Letters explores the intersection of literature and the visual arts in magazine and journal culture during the first half of the twentieth century.

Installation view of 'The Expanded Page: Sculptural Books from the Research Library Collection'

The Expanded Page: Sculptural Books from the Research Library Collection

7 June – 29 August 2021
Sculpture Research Library

The exhibition Portable Sculpture prompted the Library to unpack some of the boxed and folded items in its Special Collections. The book-objects on display explore how a fold can change a flat piece of paper into a free-standing sculptural form.

A black and white vintage photo showing a group of students from Leeds College of Art in 1920, they are grouped in front of a brick wall.

Henry Moore at Leeds School of Art: student notebooks from the Archive

13 October – 18 December 2020
Sculpture Research Library

We’ve linked up with Leeds Arts University to celebrate 100 years since Henry Moore started studying sculpture in Leeds. This display features Henry Moore’s student notebooks and archive images from his time at art school.

David Nash in Poland: Documents from the Archive of Sculptors’ Papers

24 February – 9 October 2020
Sculpture Research Library

In the summer of 1991, David Nash travelled to Poland to make sculpture for an exhibition at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. This display looks closely at the project, with photos of works in progress, pages from Nash’s diary, and his sketchbook all presented together.

Ideal Standard Forms: The Influence of Classicism on Modern and Contemporary Sculptors’ Drawings

15 November 2019 – 16 February 2020
Sculpture Research Library

This display looks at sculptors who continue to turn to the objects, subjects and conceptual threads of classicism in their work, including Ian Hamilton Finlay, Keir Smith, Simon Starling, Gavin Turk, Rose Garrard and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Yorkshire Sculpture International: Sean Lynch

22 June – 29 September 2019
Sculpture Research Library

Sean Lynch reveals unwritten stories and forgotten histories, and in this exhibition delves into the life and work of ‘Flint Jack’, a notorious nineteenth-century antiquarian, forger and vagabond.

First: A Magazine by Sculpture Students, 1960-1961

20 September 2018 – 3 March 2019
Sculpture Research Library

First was published in the early 1960s by students and lecturers on the Advanced Sculpture course at St Martin’s School of Art, London. The magazine was short lived, only two issues were produced between 1960 and 1961 and copies are now very hard to find.

Neil Gall: The Studio – Cover Versions

21 February – 2 September 2018
Reception and the Sculpture Research Library

This display presents seventy of Neil Gall’s collage works in which he cuts into copies of The Studio magazine, plays around with their images and typographies, and adds his own over-drawings to create these ‘cover versions’.

Richard Cockle Lucas: The ‘Book Monument’ and the Art of Self-Memory

14 November 2017 – 11 February 2018
Sculpture Research Library

This display looks at Richard Cockle Lucas’ (1800-83) ‘book monument’, a series of fifty albums and scrapbooks made over the last three decades of the artist’s life and comprising etchings, sketches, nature prints, writings and photography.

Sculpture in the Time of Cholera: William Calder Marshall in Rome 1836-38

28 July – 24 September 2017
Sculpture Research Library

This display explores William Calder Marshall’s time in Rome during the early nineteenth century, an eighteenth-month stay in which he produced a number of sculptures despite the enduring threat of cholera hanging over the city.

Li Yuan-chia and the books of the LYC Museum and Art Gallery

19 May – 27 July 2017
Sculpture Research Library

Li Yuan-chia (1929-94) was a pioneer of abstract art in 1950s Taiwan, and is now considered one of the first Chinese conceptual artists.

Off the Shelf: Artists’ Books in the Henry Moore Institute Research Library

3 March – 30 April 2017
Sculpture Research Library

Display celebrating books that deal with language and exploring the connections artists make between words and sculptural practice.

Modelling Manuals: 1890-1940

3 November 2016 – 3 January 2017
Sculpture Research Library

A selection of manuals on sculpture techniques, published between 1890 and 1940, written by leading sculptors of the period including Gilbert Bayes (1872-1953), Albert Toft (1862-1949), Edouard Lantéri (1848-1917), and Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885-1934).

John Bunting: Sculptural Influences and the Memorial Chapel, Oldstead

25 July – 3 October 2016
Sculpture Research Library

This display looks at the themes of faith, suffering and love in the work of John Bunting (1927-2002).