Barbara and Henry - The Musical

Cass Fine art lecturer Mel Brimfield collaborates on musical about imaginary relationship between Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth
Date: 18 December 2014

Barbara and Henry – The Musical at Site Gallery in Sheffield is an exploration of an imagined relationship between revered sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, conceived by artist and Cass lecturer Mel Brimfield and singer-songwriter Gwyneth Herbert.

Over the course of four weeks Mel and Gwyneth are working in the gallery to devise a number of songs, working with performers and musicians towards a final performance on Saturday, 13 December. The main gallery space becomes a theatrical set with costumes, props and backdrops. An entire wall is filled with the artists’ notes, diagrams and ideas, offering behind-the-scenes insight into the musical’s development.

The gallery also houses a reproduced workstation in the style of Henry Moore’s studio at Perry Green with the structure presenting a changing display of clay models and maquettes, much like the small clay test sculptures Moore produced. Local artists and visitors are invited to create and donate their own clay models to be displayed in the cabinet during the course of the residency. 

Read more about the project.

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