Towering sculptures and impressive architecture are commonplace throughout the central streets and squares of Leeds, but for a true insight into three-dimensional art forms, the Henry Moore Institute is worth a tour. The contemporary sculpture-oriented gallery shares the same building as the main art gallery, the town hall and the central library, and forms part of a cultural hub that’s fun to experience either in one large dose of art, or spread out over a few trips to savour the experience.
Named after the famous sculptor and artist who set up a foundation to encourage appreciation of the visual arts, the Institute is a world-recognised centre for the study and hosts a year-round programme of exhibitions, conferences and lectures for all to attend. Compared to its neighbours, the Institute is considerably smaller and tends to host one large exhibition at a time, though doesn’t restrict its showings to big-name artists or obscure talent. Those familiar with the Moore name should also know that his work is not exhibited here, and can instead be found at the YSP, the main art gallery, or his estate at Perry Green.
Forget the rhubarb triangle; Yorkshire is all about the three sculptural centres, comprising Henry Moore, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield, which boast over 200 artists on display at any time within the area. Access is easy via public transport, and the beautiful Tiled Hall Café next door is a reasonably cheap and tasty place to head to for lunch.