Henry Moore Foundation Residency

Henry Spencer Moore (1898–1986) was one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century and arguably the most internationally celebrated sculptor of his time. Renowned primarily for his semi-abstract monumental sculpture, which can be seen in museums and civic spaces all over the world, he also produced a remarkable body of work in drawing, printmaking, and textile design. Moore was a pioneer, and the first British artist to become a global star in his own lifetime. His work came to symbolize post-war modernism and it is said to have initiated a sculptural renaissance in Great Britain.   The Henry Moore Foundation (HMF) and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), the largest museum outside of the United Kingdom devoted to British art, annually award a monthlong residency to a current MFA student or recent MFA graduate of the Yale School of Art with an interest in Henry Moore’s art and life. The resident spends most of their time at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens (HMS&G) at Perry Green in the Hertfordshire countryside with the opportunity to spend up to one week at the Henry Moore Institute (HMI) in Leeds, exploring the Foundation’s extensive resources, with a particular focus on the collections and archive at HMS&G.   Located at the artist’s former home, HMS&G holds one of the world’s largest collections of archives (Henry Moore Archive) and artworks (Henry Moore Collections) by a single artist. With a wealth of staff expertise to offer within the Collections & Programmes Department, it offers an unrivalled resource for the understanding and appreciation of every aspect of Moore’s practice and legacy. HMI holds a research library for the study of sculpture, comprising more than twenty-seven thousand books, exhibition catalogues, journals, and audiovisual items. Access to these resources is available to the successful applicant for the duration of the residency.

For more information on the HMF sites, visit www.henry-moore.org.

HMF Residency Objectives
  • To generate fresh insights and knowledge about Moore and to present his legacy to a new generation of artists and scholars.
  • To encourage artists’ study of British modernism and sculpture in particular.
  • To impact the resident’s artistic practice utilizing the HMF collections.
  • To provide the resident with time to further their practice in a compelling environment, which at its core has been shaped to permit creativity and the production of art.
  • Candidates must be a current MFA student or 2022 MFA graduate from the Yale School of Art.
  • Artists working in any medium are welcome to apply.
Award Period

The residency takes place for one month in June–July 2022, during which the resident pursues a project of their choice drawing inspiration from Moore’s practice.   At the end of the program, the resident should provide a report on their experience and the progress of their project using the HMF’s resources and give a presentation at the YCBA.

Travel and Accommodation

The YCBA funds round-trip travel and provides a $2,000 stipend for this program. The successful applicant is housed at the HMF and given access to office space and extensive resources on Moore’s life and practice. The HMF does not provide studio space.


Applications are reviewed by a committee from the YCBA, the HMF, and Yale School of Art. Ideal candidates possess an interest in Moore and the ability to fulfill the HMF’s residency objectives.


Successful applicants must fill out the online application and provide:


  • A resumé and artist's statement.
  • A letter of interest outlining how Moore’s work is important to your studies and/or work, and how you would use the residency to further your practice.
  • A digital portfolio of recent work.


As of February 28, 2022, we are no longer accepting new applications.   For further information, please contact the YCBA’s Research Department at ycba.research@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2824.

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View of Henry Moore, Large Upright Internal/External Form, 1981-82, © Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation, photo: Jonty Wilde