Sculpture in the Home

5th December 2008
Seminar Room
Henry Moore Institute

Friday 5th December, 2-5.30pm

This study day has been organised to coincide with the concurrent Henry Moore Institute Sculpture in the Home exhibition. The real and imagined role of modern sculpture in the post-war middle-class British home is the focus of the exhibition. It is a re-staging of the Sculpture in the Home exhibitions that took place, arranged by the Arts Council and the Council of Industrial Design, in the forties and fifties, which endeavoured to make sculpture part of everyday life. Work includes Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Reg Butler, Frank Dobson, Rosemary Young, Trevor Tennant, Uli Nimptsch, Dora Gordine and Gertrude Hermes, brought to life by Lucienne Day and Audrey Levy textiles, and furniture by Robin Day, Ernest Race and Gordon Russell.

The study day is aiming to contextualise both the original, post-war Arts Council exhibition series of the same name, its restaging at the Henry Moore Institute, and to explore a number of issues raised by the display of sculpture in the context of the middle-class home.

The afternoon will include a Q & A session chaired by Andrew Stephenson, University of East London, and a tour of the exhibition led by Robert Burstow, Derby University, as well as the papers:

Domesticity in 1950s England and the Role of Sculpture in the Home
Penny Sparke, Kingston University

“Steering a Progressive Course”? Exhibitions in wartime and post-war Britain
Veronica Davies, Open University:

This event is free of charge but places are limited. To book a place or for more information please contact Kirstie Gregory,, 0113 246 7467.