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14–18 NOW Commissions

The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics

This 14-18 NOW learning programme with The Henry Moore Institute was a city-wide project first. By bringing together delivery partners from Leeds Museums and Galleries, The Thackray Medical Museum and The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, young people were provided with the opportunity to work with artists and heritage specialists to explore the themes of the First World War and connect the global conflict from 100 years ago with their experiences today.

Across two terms, over 1,200 pupils participated in the project by visiting the Institute for the first time, going behind the scenes, and benefiting from artist residencies in schools.

Using the themes from The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics exhibition as a catalyst for enquiry, pupils wrote and performed poems, made films and an art newspaper and created their own sculptures which went on to be displayed at Leeds City Museum.

Participating Schools

Studio 12

Part of Leeds Libraries, Studio12 is a digital media initiative that invests in the creative talents of disadvantaged young people and provides opportunities to educate, engage and include participants in producing new work.

Serlby Park Academy

Year 7 students at Serlby Park were encouraged to collaborate on poetry and art workshops, recording their responses to The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics exhibition and furthering their learning about the First World War.

Ralph Thoresby School

Students used the mediums of art and poetry to respond to the demands and challenges presented by the themes of The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics exhibition.

Prince Henry’s Grammar

Sixth form fine art students paid homage to the many lives lost in the First World War, and the use of prosthetics in body reconstruction, through a series of mixed media sculptural assemblages.

Guiseley School

Following their trip to see The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics, students worked with a kinetic sculpture and poet to record their creative responses.

Allerton Grange

Boys from years 8 and 9 worked with Kinetic Sculptor, Jim Bond, to investigate how prosthetics were developed at the beginning of the Twentieth Century to help soldiers after losing their limbs.