Henry Moore Studios: Inspiration, Sculpture and Our Natural World

Entertainment / Tue 19th Mar 2024 at 09:06am

Inspiration, Sculpture and Our Natural World

NATURE was always at the centre of Henry Moore’s work. He preferred to work outdoors and saw the landscape as the ideal setting for his work.

“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.

The human figure is what interests me most deeply, but I have found principles of form and rhythm from the study of natural objects such as pebbles, rocks, bones, trees, plants etc.

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

Our 2024 events draw inspiration from Moore’s lifelong fascination with natural forms and his constant aspiration to forge a stronger connection between his art and natural surroundings.


Natural Nooks: Bones, Stones & Bricks
Family-friendly workshop with Cella Collective
Sunday 7 April, 11:30 – 13:00
Included in an annual ticket, please book a place
Suitable for age 5+
Using bones and stones as miniature sculptures, design and build your own space to display, celebrate and frame the natural artworks. You’ll squeeze and mould clay, sand and gravel from the sculpture gardens into bricks, columns, walls, stairs and openings. How do they expose, reveal, raise, hide, lower, or shelter the little sculptures in their new home?

Test and play with scale and size, and use photography to make these small models appear as big as Henry Moore’s larger-than-life sculptures.
Book online at https://henry-moore.org/whats-on/natural-nooks-bones-stones-bricks/

Natural Nooks: Building with Bio-Materials
Creative workshop for age 16+ with 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+

Join Cella Collective to explore ideas about bio-based materials, their life cycles and scale. Starting at the scale of a cell, this workshop will explore how organic materials look, feel and transform throughout their life cycles.

Using clay, sand and gravel, you’ll experiment with extruding and squeezing columns, bricks and architectural components, combined to form walls, openings or even plinths. Take time to talk with the collective to seek conversational advice on how you might use these techniques for personal projects; whether you’ve got a bio-based build, artistic outcome, or curiosity to cultivate in your garden or home.

Book online at https://henry-moore.org/whats-on/natural-nooks-building-with-bio-materials/ 

International Sculpture Day:  Celebrate, Assemble, Recollect
Saturday 27 April, 11:30 – 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. Take a curator’s tour of the studios and gardens, stack and sculpt using an array of natural and recycled materials and join the volunteer guides to hear anecdotes from Perry Green past and present.

Open Archive
Wednesdays: 22 May, 24 July, 25 September
14:00 – 16:30
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.

Shapes & Shadows with Lizzie Lomax
Family-friendly workshop
Sunday 26 May
11:30 – 13:00 & 13:30 – 15:00
Included in an annual ticket
Suitable for age 3+, drop-in no booking needed

Join artist Lizzie Lomax, the creator of popular children’s zine SEED, for a drop-in workshop all about nature, the environment and sculpture. Explore the limitless shapes shadows can cast. Use natural objects to create 3-D mini models, and see what shapes you can find in their 2-D shadows.

Could a small stone or piece of wood look like something else? See what happens when you’re guided by their outlines to draw and collage new ideas, creatures or figures.

Archive Film Screenings

Wednesdays: 26 June & 28 August
14:00 & 15:15
Included in an annual ticket
Drop-in 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.

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