Houghton Henry Moore exhibition hailed huge success
Houghton Hall's summer exhibition Henry Moore: Nature and Inspiration has proved one of its most successful.
The exhibition that opened on May 1 and ran until Sunday has seen visitors numbers up 20 per cent on last year when Damien Hirst was the artist whose works were on show.
Henry Moore’s large outdoor works have looked spectacular in the vistas that Houghton provides.
The show has appealed both to those that live permanently in Norfolk as well of those on holiday in the region.
The exhibition attracted day visitors from Cambridge, Suffolk and Lincolnshire as well as art enthusiasts from further afield, such as London and from abroad too.
One piece from the exhibition will remain at Houghton on a long term loan basis.Mother and Child: Block Seat 1983-84, Bronze will remain at Houghton and is now being re-sited from near the stables to elsewhere in the park.
Lord Cholmondeley,whose family home is Houghton, said: “ We are delighted that the show has been so well received.
"It has been a pleasure to work with The Henry Moore Foundation and my special thanks to director Geoffrey Worsdale and head of collections and exhibitions Sebastiano Barassi, for making it all happen.
"We are delighted to be keeping, on a long term loan, Mother and Child: Block Seat 1983-84 Bronze. Particular thanks too to Gagosian gallery without whose support we really couldn’t have achieved this show.”
The exhibition is now being de-installed by specialist art transport company MTec and the Henry Moore Foundation and Houghton buildings team.
The first piece to be de-installed is The Arch 1963-69, Fibreglass. This piece is already committed to another show next spring.
The remit of the Henry Moore Foundation, based in Hertfordshire, is to loan the works around to world to as many institutions as possible.
A self-guided programme for Schools in Norfolk offered free access to the exhibition on Tuesdays in June, July and September.
This programme, funded entirely by Houghton, attracted visits from 1,106 pupils from Primary and Secondary settings including Langham Village School, Horatio House, Docking Primary, Gresham’s Pre-Prep, Fairstead Primary, Downham Prep, Litcham School, Snettisham Primary, Wells Primary, Nelson Academy, Rudham C of E Academy, Hindringham Primary, Fakenham Academy, Burnham Market Primary, Aldborough Primary, Harpley C of E Primary, Ormiston Venture Academy, Dereham 6th Form, Gresham’s School, Highgate Infant School, Compass School, Ingoldisthorpe Primary and Beeston Hall.
A NEACO funded programme held over four days in September offered artist led workshops to a further 180 students.