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The Stories of Objects: Squishy Sculptures

Drop in any time between 13:30–16:00

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

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Join artist Emily Binks to explore the stories within objects and make sculptures using unwanted household items, inspired by our current exhibition by Michael E. Smith.

Unlock your creativity as you explore Smith’s unique approach to sculpture and installation art, and use his works as inspiration to create your own sculptures using unusual found materials.

Michael E. Smith uses found objects to create his sculptures, which have all had a previous life and hold stories within them. In this workshop artist Emily Binks invites you to explore the stories within objects and materials.

We’ll use unusual household materials like foam and cushions to make giant, temporary squishy sculptures!


About the artist

Emily Binks is an artist and creative practitioner based at The Art House, Wakefield. She was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and studied at Edinburgh College of Art.

Binks examines the notion of ‘home’ through sculptural experiments using mixed media including reclaimed discarded furniture parts, materials often associated with temporary shelter construction and neon.


This event is free, but booking is required for the morning session as places are limited.

Suitable for families with children of any age. This is an intergenerational workshop – we encourage creativity in all ages! Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop.

The event will run at the following times:

Morning session: 10:00–12:00 (sold out)
Afternoon session: 13:30–16:00 (drop-in session, no booking necessary)


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Visitors who would prefer a step-free entrance can use the accessible entrance on Cookridge Street, using the lift to bring you onto the ground floor. The workshop will take place in the seminar room on the basement level and you can use a passenger lift to all floors of the building.

You can store pushchairs in the seminar room for the whole event.

Toilets are located just outside the seminar room on the basement level, including baby changing facilities within the accessible and gender-neutral toilet.

We want to make it as easy as possible for all to attend, so please get in touch if you have any access needs that you would like to discuss before the workshop.


Michael E. Smith


Michael E. Smith

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Henry Moore Institute

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