Hert­ford­shire Life Food & Drink Awards

Dis­cover the won­der­ful venue for this year’s Hert­ford­shire Life Food and Drink Awards

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Henry Moore Stu­dios and Gar­dens, in our beau­ti­ful Hert­ford­shire coun­try­side near Bishop’s Stortford, is the former home of one of Bri­tain’s most well-known artists. Sculp­tor Henry Moore moved to the pic­turesque ham­let of Perry Green in 1940, hav­ing been bombed out of his Lon­don stu­dio. He re­mained there for the rest of his life, cre­at­ing some of his most fa­mous sculp­tures in the on-site stu­dios.

Moore’s es­tate is now home to the char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion he founded in 1977. It is a stun­ning sculp­ture gar­den, fea­tur­ing many of his iconic bronzes. As a vis­i­tor you can eas­ily spend a whole day ex­plor­ing over 70 acres of gar­dens and rolling fields. Take a guided tour of Hog­lands, the artist’s fam­ily home where he lived for over 40 years, and find out more about his cre­ative pro­cesses in his fas­ci­nat­ing stu­dios where the ori­gins of his mon­u­men­tal sculp­tures are ev­i­dent in the hun­dreds of small ma­que­ttes that line the shelves.

The stu­dios and gar­dens also fea­ture chang­ing an­nual ex­hi­bi­tions of Moore’s works, of­ten shown in con­trast to artists who in­flu­enced or who were in­flu­ence by him. This year

Out of the Block: Henry Moore Carv­ings looks at his works in wood and stone over seven decades of his ca­reer and fea­tures a pho­to­graphic dis­play from the foun­da­tion’s ex­ten­sive archive.

Next year, you will be able to en­joy the largest ex­hi­bi­tion of Henry Moore’s draw­ings in more than 40 years. The ex­hi­bi­tion will show­case his ex­cep­tional tal­ent as a draughts­man and will fea­ture stun­ning works from across his ca­reer – in­clud­ing ex­am­ples of his fa­mous First World War ‘Shel­ter’ draw­ings.

In ad­di­tion to the art­works, Henry Moore Stu­dios and Gar­dens is home to a café run by the team from Ho­p­ley’s in nearby Much Had­ham. Ho­p­ley’s has built a rep­u­ta­tion for de­li­cious cakes, fresh sal­ads, home­baked quiches and hearty sand­wiches, all of which the team are now serv­ing in our re­cently opened vis­i­tor cen­tre.

Henry Moore Stu­dios and Gar­dens, Perry Green SG10 6EE 01279 843333 henry-moore.org

Open Wed­nes­day-Sun­day, 11am–5pm un­til Oc­to­ber 28 and in 2019 from April 3 to Oc­to­ber 27

TOP:The vis­i­tor cen­tre at the stu­dios and gar­dens

ABOVE:Two-piece Re­clin­ing Fig­ure: Points, one of the many Henry Moore sculp­tures in the gar­dens

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