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Explore the role of touch in Henry Moore’s sculpture in This Living Hand – a new exhibition curated by acclaimed artist and author, Edmund de Waal.

Moore believed that ‘tactile experience is very important as an aesthetic dimension in sculpture’. Throughout his career he often emphasised the importance of experiencing sculpture through touch, and frequently returned to the hand as a subject in his sculpture and drawings.

Edmund de Waal has curated a selection of artworks which express Moore’s fascination with the expressive power and symbolism of the hand, including the monumental bronze Reclining Figure: Hand (1979) and the drawings and lithographs made in 1978 of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Dorothy Hodgkin who asked Moore to use her hands as her portrait.

You are invited to touch a collection of Moore’s work in bronze and stone, plus a series of original carved benches created by the curator from Horton stone – one of Henry Moore’s favourite materials.

Entry to This Living Hand is included in in a day ticket to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Located at the artist’s former home in Hertfordshire, the gardens showcase Moore’s monumental sculptures in the landscape where he worked for over four decades.

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Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, SG10 6EE

01279 843333


Opening times

31 March - 31 October 2021.
Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm

Gardens only opening from 31 March.

Subject to government guidance, the studios and exhibition gallery will open from 19 May 2021.

The Studios & Gardens have introduced 30 minutes entry slots, with limited capacity to reduce queuing. Please book online, if possible, and arrive within your 30 minute entry slot.

The sculpture gardens will open from 31 March, in line with government restrictions. All of the studios, tapestry barn and exhibition gallery will remain closed until stage 3 of the government's road map (opening on 19 May at the earliest).

Toilets and accesible toilets are open and there is a takeaway cafe service available.

With a National Art Pass you get

25% off entry
Standard entry price

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