Henry Moore Institute

Located next to Leeds Art Gallery is the Henry Moore Institute which houses the important collection of British Sculptors’ papers.

Supporting the development of the sculpture collection and the archive

Part of the Henry Moore Foundation established by Henry Moore, the Institute manages the sculpture collection of Leeds Museums and Galleries through a partnership agreement with Leeds City Council of 1982. Since the opening of the Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture, within Leeds Art Gallery, and subsequently with the move to the new Institute, Leeds Art Fund has worked with the Henry Moore Foundation to provide financial support for the development of the sculpture collection and the archive, including in 2000 contributing to the purchase of the manuscript by H.S.Ede, for Savage Messiah published in 1931, which recorded the life of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and was made into a film produced and directed by Ken Russell in 1972.

The excellence of the sculpture collection means that Leeds is the primary research centre for the study of British sculpture, used by scholars from this country and abroad.

Public sculpture - Hibiscus Rising by Yinka Shonibare

More recently the Henry Moore Foundation and Leeds Art Fund have made significant contributions to the production and the acquisition of the maquette for the sculpture Hibiscus Rising by Yinka Shonibare. This major commission has been installed at Meadow Lane in the city centre, as part of the Leeds 2023 celebration of culture in the city. It was commissioned by The David Oluwale Memorial Association in memory of David Oluwale, a British Nigerian who lived in the city who drowned in the Aire in 1969.

Hibiscus Rising by Yinka Shonibare
Hibiscus Rising by Yinka Shonibare

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