Henry Moore from the Arts Council Collection


In the Arts Council Collection

13 April - 23 June 2013

Tickets £3.50


This exciting new exhibition explores the work of Henry Moore (1898-1986) in the Arts Council Collection. Moore is one of Britain’s most celebrated and pioneering modern artists and is a key figure for the Arts Council Collection; he was an important advisor to the acquisitions committee during the early 1950s, shaping the sculpture collection by advocating the acquisition of a significant group of post-war British sculpture by artists including Kenneth Armitage, Lynn Chadwick and Barbara Hepworth. 


Moore’s representation within the Arts Council Collection is very strong with sculptures and works on paper spanning five decades.  This show brings together the Collection’s complete holdings of eleven sculptures and fifteen works on paper, spanning some 50 years. Seen together, for the first time in their entirety the works provide a succinct history of Henry Moore’s practice between 1929 and 1962, with key creative developments and themes visible in both two and three dimensions.


The first work by Moore to be acquired was a drawing, Seated Figure (c.1933), purchased in 1948. Other purchases soon followed, and in 1963, our holdings were greatly enhanced following the acquisition of eight drawings and seven sculptures following an Arts Council touring exhibition of his work. This was a coup for the Collection, and the works have been displayed time and time again in the UK and overseas to much acclaim.


The exhibition is on the road from 2011 to 2013, but Bath is its only stop in the West of England.


Weekly exhibition tours:

Thursdays 25 April, 2 May, 9 May, 16 May, 23 May, 30 May, 6 June, 13 June, 20 June, all from 12.30-1.10pm.Admission with exhibition ticket (adults £3.50, children under 16 free).


Henry Moore, Time Life Screen:Working Model

Henry Moore, Composition M


Henry Moore, Stringed figure


Henry Moore, Standing Nude