Godfrey Worsdale

Godfrey Worsdale to leave Baltic for Henry Moore Foundation

Gareth Harris, 05.05.2015
Foundation’s Richard Calvocoressi to retire in July
Godfrey Worsdale is leaving his post as director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead to become the director of the Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green, Hertfordshire.

He will take over from Richard Calvocoressi, who is retiring from the Henry Moore Foundation in July after eight years in the role.

Nigel Carrington, the chairman of the Henry Moore Foundation, said that Worsdale will drive forward “ambitious future plans at both the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Perry Green and at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, as well as internationally”.

The foundation was set up by Moore in 1977.

Worsdale will oversee a masterplan for the Perry Green site initiated by Calvocoressi. This involves the construction of a new visitor centre and archive due for completion next year.

“The development plans, conceived by Hugh Broughton Architects, will extend and renovate the existing building to allow for climate controlled storage and a dedicated reading room for visiting researchers,” the organisation said in a statement.

During his tenure, Calvocoressi organised several high-profile exhibitions, including Moore Rodin in 2013, the first time that works by another artist had been shown alongside Moore’s sculptures in the grounds of Perry Green. The exhibition attracted 31,747 visitors.

Calvocoressi also looked to the commercial sector, curating an exhibition of bronze sculptures, drawings and sculptural maquettes by Moore at the Gagosian gallery in London earlier this year.

Peter Osborne, the director of Osborne Samuel Gallery in London, which specialises in the work of Moore, said: “[Under Worsdale] I would like to see a new emphasis on scholarship, on Moore the artist and his significance, and a closer relationship between the foundation and those of us who specialise in his work.”

Worsdale started his career in the early 1990s at the British Museum, working in the department of prints and drawings. At the same time he established Cultural Instructions, an independent gallery for contemporary art in London.

He joined Southampton City Art Gallery as a curator in 1995 and became its director within three years. From there he moved to the north east to set up the £14.2m Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, which opened in 2007. He joined Baltic as its director in November 2008.