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Henry Moore at Leeds School of Art: Student Notebooks From the Archive

Henry Moore, detail of Waters of Forgetfulness 1920 Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation Photo: Nick Singleton
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13 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020

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Henry Moore Institute

74 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AH

Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Arts University have linked up to mark 100 years since Henry Moore started studying sculpture in Leeds. To celebrate, Henry Moore's student notebooks and archive images of his time at art school in Leeds are on display at the Henry Moore Institute's Research Library. 

The notebooks from 1920 reveal his studies of Western art and traditional representations of the body. He wrote about art from Greece, Chaldea, Babylon, Assyria and Egypt while making sketches of the sculptures he encountered. 

In Leeds, Moore became interested in the writings of painter and art critic Roger Fry (1866–1934). Fry’s writing on non-Western art and pure form in publications such as Vision and Design (1920), had a lifelong impact on Moore’s work. 

Henry Moore’s notebooks from his time at Leeds School of Art are held in the Archive of Sculptors’ Papers at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. The Henry Moore Archive, comprising documents, images and recordings created throughout Moore’s working life, is held at the Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green, Hertfordshire.

Image Info: Henry Moore, detail of Waters of Forgetfulness 1920 Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation Photo: Nick Singleton

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During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.

To help us effectively manage the Research Library and allow for social distancing, we are limiting visitor numbers and are asking visitors to book tickets in advance.

  • Wheelchair access

There is an accessible lift from Cookridge Street to the ground floor reception area. The doors to the lift provide an opening of 100cm, with the platform dimensions of the lift 110cm wide by 148 cm deep. Please press the illuminated green button inside the lift lobby to open the lift door. There is a passenger lift to all floors within the Henry Moore Institute, measuring 100cm wide by 136cm deep, with a doorway 73cm wide. The lift has handrails on its three interior walls. Visitors with wheelchairs can access all parts of the galleries on the ground floor (Galleries 1, 2 and 3 and Gallery 4) after entering via the accessible lift, and the Sculpture Research Library and Archive of Sculptors' Papers on the first floor by using the passenger lift. There are induction loops at reception and in the library, along with a portable induction loop available for visitors to use in the galleries.

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