Moore at Hatfield

Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA (1898-1986), Englishman, avant-garde,

There is still time to visit the hugely successful major exhibition of outdoor sculpture by British artist Henry Moore, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Hatfield House in 2011. The exhibition, the largest of the artist’s work ever held at an English historic house, features monumental works from the collection of The Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green in Hertfordshire.

'Large Reclining Figure'

Henry Spencer Moore was a modernist and giant of twentieth-century sculpture. Following in the footsteps of Epstein and Brancusi, Moore railed against the established academic practices and classical traditions of sculpture and instead insisted on direct carvings and truth to materials.


Although he worked in the open air throughout his career, Moore was already 50 and at the peak of his production when he began creating sculpture intended to be sited in the landscape: He said that “Sculpture is an art of the open air… I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape, almost any landscape, than in or on the most beautiful building in the world.”

Moore at Hatfield presents a unique opportunity to explore Moore’s intentions, and witness how the ever-changing landscape both inspires and combines with the beauty of his radical ‘new forms’.

The exhibition at Hatfield runs until 30 September 2011 and I urge you to see Moore’s work how he would have wanted in this truly beautiful, wild and natural setting.


For further information and online ticket bookings see Ticket prices: Adults £12.50, concession £11.50 Child £8.  Or contact Hatfield House on 01707 287 010. Tickets are also available on the gate.

Win tickets for Moore at Hatfield in our FREE PRIZE DRAW

Herts Visual Arts have 2 family tickets (each admitting 2 adults and up to 4 children) to give away in a free prize draw.  All you have to do is email with 'MOORE AT HATFIELD' in the subject line by 11 September 2011.  Good luck!

The Henry Moore Foundation

You could also visit Henry Moore’s former house and studios at Perry Green, where there are outdoor sculpture displays and galleries. Roam the grounds without booking during the season, which runs from the 1 April - 30 October 2011. For further information, take a look at their website  or call them on 01279 844 104.

Perry Green is the headquarters of The Henry Moore Foundation, the arts charity set up by Moore in 1977.  They organise exhibitions worldwide from collections kept in store at Perry Green and run a library and archive for research into Moore's life and work. 

Remember to print out the e-mail sent by us on August 3rd to take advantage of the 2 for 1 tickets offer arranged for  Herts Visual Arts Members.