Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Find out more about Moore

Caption: Henry Moore's 'Shelter Scene'currently on display at Leeds Art Gallery (full title and credit to be used Henry Moore 1898-1986 'Shelter Scene: Two Seated Figures 1941, Leeds Museums and Galleries. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation')

Art lovers and anyone keen to find out more about the public art on display in the city should head to Leeds Art Gallery in the coming weeks.

As part of a series of talks around the major free exhibition celebrating the works of world-famous sculptor Henry Moore which is now on display, the gallery is hosting two special events in May.

On Sunday 8 May from 2pm, the Leeds civic architect John Thorp will be giving a talk at the art gallery telling the story of how he worked with Moore on the extension to Leeds Art Gallery which saw the creation of new sculpture galleries which opened in 1982.

Moore played a major role in the design of the new galleries, and the talk will see John Thorp giving insights into his working relationship with Moore on the project and some of the discussions they had.

This is followed on Sunday 15 May by a walking outdoor tour around the city looking at public art guided by University of Leeds researcher Rebecca Wade. The tour will begin at Leeds Art Gallery at 2pm, with the first work to be discussed Moore’s famous ‘Reclining Figure’ located outside the art gallery entrance, before moving on to other public art to be seen around the city centre. Both events are free to attend with admission available on the day.

The Henry Moore exhibition organised by Tate Britain, London in collaboration with Leeds Art Gallery sees over 100 works by the Castleford-born artist on display for free in the city where he studied at Leeds School of Art (now Leeds College of Art).

The exhibition, which is the largest to be held at the Leeds City Council-managed gallery on The Headrow since the British Art Show in 1990, brings together a collection of Moore’s stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes and drawings which have never been seen together before in the city.

The display covers both the pre-war and post-war era concentrating on British loans as it challenges the familiar image of Henry Moore (1898-1986) as an artist. It features works loaned from Tate Britain, the Henry Moore Foundation, private collections from around the country and pieces which have returned to the UK from the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada where the show had previously been on display.

Leeds City Council deputy executive member for leisure Councillor Lisa Mulherin said:

“The Henry Moore exhibition has been really popular so far attracting thousands of visitors and these two special events offer a great chance to find out more about Moore and how he worked, as well as the chance to have a guided tour of the public art in the city centre.

“We all walk around the city centre often not really noticing some of the great works of art on display, so this is the perfect opportunity to find more about what there is to see in Leeds.”

The Henry Moore exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery is organised by Tate Britain, London in collaboration with Leeds City Council and supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, Renaissance Yorkshire, Leeds Art Collections Fund, Welcome To Yorkshire and Arts Council England with sponsorship from Abstract Group of Companies and Stewarts Law LLP.

The free exhibition runs until Sunday 12 June 2011. For more information on Leeds Art Gallery and the range of talks and activities being held around the Henry Moore exhibition visit

Henry Moore in Leeds is part of Art in Yorkshire, supported by Tate – a year-long celebration of the visual arts in 19 galleries throughout Yorkshire. Works from Tate’s collection of historic, modern and contemporary art will be showcased through a programme of exhibitions and events. For more information visit


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