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Workshop/Course, Fri 29 Nov 2019

Sense - Perception: Sculpture, Drawing and the Inf

Sense - Perception: Sculpture, Drawing and the Inf


This year marks the opening of two major exhibitions by the Henry Moore Foundation: Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing (3 April - 27 October at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens) and Edward Allington: Things Unsaid (25 October - 19 January at the Henry Moore Institute).

While primarily known as sculptors, both Allington (1951-2017) and Moore (1898-1986) were exceptional draughtsmen. They used the drawing to create imaginary spaces and impossible compositions, testing the limitations of the real world.

They can be further connected by their mutual interest in the Classical world, which this two day conference will use as a key research focus. What role did drawing have in re-configuring or re-capturing the essence of a world known primarily through sculpture and, moreover, the fragment? Does the creation of perceived space on paper, rather than the physical actuality of a three-dimensional object afford these sculptors an opportunity to further new understanding? Can Plato’s theories on sense, perception and form help to interpret such work?

By using the work of Moore and Allington as a starting point, this conference will explore the importance of drawing to sculptural practice.

10am Registration and Coffee
10:20am Welcome and Introduction
Kirstie Gregory (Henry Moore Institute) and Dr Hannah Higham ( Henry Moore Foundation)

Session 1: Picturing Sculpture

Chair: Katherine Stout (Focal Point Gallery)
10:30am Picasso's Vollard Suite and the Dematerialisation of Classical Sculpture
John Damastra (Williams College, Massachusetts)
11am Allington and Moore: Framing the Sculptural within the Pictorial
Deanna Petherbridge (independent)
11:30am From 2- to 3-D and Back Again: Alice Aycock's Project for a Circular Building with Narrow Ledges for Walking (1976)
Jana La Brasca (University of Texas, Austin)
Followed by Panel Discussion
12pm Introduction to the exhibition Edward Allington: Things Unsaid by curator Judith Winter (Gray’s School of Art)
12:30 - 2pm Lunch and opportunity to view Edward Allington: Things Unsaid

Session 2: The Consequences of Classical Categorisation in a Digital World

Chair: Dr Clare O'Dowd (Henry Moore Institute)
2pm Disrupting the Hierarchy of the Senses and Resisting Fragmentation
Kitty Brandon-James (The British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow)
2:30pm Senses Feedback: Can we create some wiggle room in our sensory perception to momentarily glimpse the ideal forms?
Dai Roberts (Henry Moore Foundation)
Followed by Panel Discussion
3pm Tea and coffee served
3:30pm Artist's Lecture: Charles Avery
4:30 - 6pm Wine reception


Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 29 Nov 2019 10:00 to 18:00


£20 / £15 concession inc lunch. For more information please contact Kirstie Gregory, Research Coordinator, or Hannah Higham, Curator.

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    74 The Headrow,
    LS1 3AH



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    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing