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Henry Moore Studios & Gardens 2024 Season: Sculpture, Inspiration and Our Natural World

A reconstructed interior of one of Henry Moore's studios, featuring several incomplete sculptures, racks of tools and a blue & white butcher's apron on a chair.

New visitor season opens on 28 March

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, the home of 20th century sculptor Henry Moore, will reopen to the public with an outdoor display featuring 23 of the artist’s iconic bronzes, six studios preserved as Moore would have used them, and tours of Moore’s family home, Hoglands.

The 2024 season entitled ‘Sculpture, Inspiration and Our Natural World’ runs until Sunday 3 November and includes a programme of events inspired by the relationship between sculpture and nature.

Nature was always at the centre of Moore’s work. In 1951, he famously declared:

“Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight, is necessary to it, and for me its best setting and complement is nature. I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape, almost any landscape, than in, or on, the most beautiful building I know.”

Colour photo of Henry Moore's sculpture Sheep Piece, with several sheep sheltering under the work. In the distance, another sculpture Large Reclining Figure is visible
Henry Moore, 'Sheep Piece' 1971-72 with 'Large Reclining Figure' 1984 in the distance. Photo: John Chase.
A path leads to Hoglands, a white painted former farmhouse with a red tiled roof, and the smaller Top Studio building.
Hoglands and the Top Studio, Perry Green. Photo: Jonty Wilde.

In the hamlet of Perry Green, Hertfordshire, Moore was able explore the relationship between nature, landscape and the human form. The open countryside allowed him the freedom to create outdoors sparking an enduring dialogue between his work and nature.

Visitors in 2024 will be able to trace this relationship through a selection of sculptures displayed in the landscape he shaped. These works highlight Moore’s common themes – the reclining figure, the mother and child and the contrast between internal and external forms – and are joined by some of his purest organic abstractions that reveal the journey from handheld pebble to monumental work.

This season’s events programme draws inspiration from the natural world with creative workshops, artist talks, film screenings, and open archive sessions.

Studios & home

Visitors to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens can explore the six on-site studios where Moore brought his vision to life. These authentically preserved spaces where countless masterpieces were conceived now feature curated displays of the tools of Moore’s trade, the sketches that laid the foundations for his sculptures and insight into his artistic practice.

Lining the walls of Moore’s Bourne Maquette Studio are shelves crammed full of animal bones, flints found in the local fields, seashells, pebbles, and gnarled bits of driftwood, all intermingled with ideas for sculpture at various stages of completion.

A woman and two young girls, with their backs to the camera, look at Henry Moore’s Top Studio. The space is laid out as Henry Moore would have used it in his lifetime, with various wood, plaster and stone carvings dotted around the room, and numerous tools out on top of workbenches or hung on the walls.
Visitors enjoy the Top Studio. Photo: Dan Prince.
A black and white photo showing the artist Henry Moore, wearing a check car coat and hat. He is leaning on a walking stick and looking up at a huge bronze sculpture, 'Sheep Piece'.
Henry Moore with 'Sheep Piece' 1971-72, in the fields at Perry Green, 1977. Photo: Errol Jackson.

The observation of nature is part of an artist’s life, it enlarges his form-knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula, and feeds inspiration… There is, in Nature a limitless variety of shapes and rhythms (and the telescope and microscope have enlarged the field) from which the sculptor can enlarge his form-knowledge experience.’’

Henry Moore, 1934

Visitors can also book onto an intimate tour of Moore’s family home, Hoglands. The house was the centre of his life and work, visited by dozens of well-known artists, curators and collectors, as well as many royals, film stars and politicians. It is filled with an extraordinary collection of both artworks and natural objects that inspired him.

Family events

Families can enjoy a free Activity Sketchbook created in collaboration with illustrator and designer Lizzie Lomax. Using the view finder to explore the Moore works and seventy acres of countryside, visitors are encouraged to find some flint along the way and send a pull-out postcard to a friend.

Offering an interactive trip around the site, the Sketchbook shares information about Henry Moore’s art and life and encourages you to develop your own ideas with prompts to write, draw, make, move & imagine.

Many events in the 2024 programme are included in an annual ticket to the Studios & Gardens, allowing visitors to return as often as they wish to explore new elements and ideas.

A photo of a small, A6 sized activity book. The cover is orange and teal blue with the words
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens Activity Sketchbook. Courtesy Lizzie Lomax. Photo: Will Richards, Oddlines Studio.

2024 Events


Family Workshop: Cella Collective

Sunday 7 April, 11:30–13:00
Included in an annual ticket, please book a place, suitable for age 5+

Cella is a collective of makers exploring spaces, materials and ecology through building, teaching and writing.


Creative workshop, 16+: Cella Collective

Friday 12 April, 14:00–16:00
Included in an annual ticket, please book a place, for adults and young people aged 16+

Cella is a collective of makers exploring spaces, materials and ecology through building, teaching and writing.


International Sculpture Day

Saturday 27 April, 11:00–16:00
Included in an annual ticket – suitable for all ages, drop-in no booking needed

Celebrate sculpture with a day of drop-in activities at Henry Moore’s home. Get hands-on with Soft Sculpt, hear from our curators about Moore’s relationship with nature and explore the studios and gardens.


Open Archive

Wednesdays: 22 May, 24 July, 25 September, 11:00–16:00
Included in an annual ticket – drop-in, no booking needed

Explore the development of Henry and Irina Moore’s home, the studios and surrounding landscape over nearly half a century. Using archive material, including photographs, letters and Moore’s own writings, discover how the artist was inspired by his surroundings, by the colours, wildlife, skies and seasons, and how the Moores developed the land while preserving its natural boundaries.


Family workshop with Lizzie Lomax

Sunday 26 May, 11:30–13:00 & 13:30–15:00
Included in an annual ticket – suitable for all ages, drop-in no booking needed

Join artist Lizzie Lomax, the creator of our Activity Sketchbook and popular children’s zine SEED, for a drop-in workshop all about nature, the environment and sculpture.


Archive Film Screenings

Wednesdays: 26 June & 28 August, 14:30
Included in an annual ticket, no booking needed

Discover the wealth of footage in the Henry Moore Archive. Showcasing the theme of sculpture and nature, the archive team will share a selection of fascinating film excerpts including amateur silent Cinefilm footage shot by Moore’s foreman Frank Farnham and documentary material produced for British and American television.


For further information, images, or to arrange a visit please contact


Matthew Brown
Sam Talbot | 07989 446557

Emily Dodgson, Head of Marketing & Communications
Henry Moore Foundation

Alison Parry, Marketing & Communications Manager
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens


Notes to Editors



Annual admission: Adult £18 / Child £8.25
One ticket, 12 months, unlimited visits

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