Laura Barlow Appointed as Senior Curator of Collections & Research, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Laura Barlow has been appointed as Senior Curator of Collections & Research, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens to lead the day-to-day care and management of the expansive collection of art, archives, and artefacts, as well as research into the life and works of Henry Moore.
Laura is a Curator of International Modern and Contemporary Art who has worked with museums, non-profit organisations, and independent art spaces and projects in Africa, Asia, the UK, and the USA. She brings to the role a wealth of experience in caring for and building collections of international art, as well as researching, curating exhibitions, publishing, and programming public events with artists and cultural thinkers, with a specialist focus on multi-dimensional sculpture, public art, and international architecture.
From 2019-21, she was Director and Senior Curator of Rubaiyat Qatar, a contemporary art Quadrennial at Qatar Museums, Doha, Qatar. In parallel, Laura was the Curator of a series of Public Art commissions with artists including Monira Al Qadiri, Shezad Dawood, and Suki Seokyeong Kang, at Qatar Museums, realised in 2022.
As Curator at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar, from 2014-19, Laura curated collections and temporary exhibitions, often with commissions, including: Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat (2020); Raqs Media Collective: Still More World (2019); Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous (2018, Co-Curator); Mohamed Melehi: 1962–1970 (2017); Hassan Sharif: Objects and Files (2016); Saloua Raouda Choucair: The Meaning of One, The Meaning of the Multiple (2015); Wael Shawky: Crusades and Other Stories (2015, Assistant Curator), and Manal AlDowayan: Crash (2014).
At e-flux, New York, from 2010-13, she curated exhibitions with Mariana Silva and Pedro Neves Marques (2013), Khalil Rabah (2013), Rossella Biscotti (2013), and Hito Steyerl (2012), and was managing editor of Art Agenda reviews from 2010-12.
Laura is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London.
“We are delighted to welcome Laura Barlow as our new Senior Curator of Collections & Research. With her impressive background in art history and curatorial experience, she is ideally placed to lead the development of our collection and research initiatives. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in shaping the future of the Henry Moore Foundation.”
Sebastiano Barassi, Head of Henry Moore Collections & Programmes
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is open to visitors for its 2023 season from 5 April – 29 October, presenting the outdoor exhibition Vitality: The Human Landscapes of Henry Moore.