Pelham Hall is one of the last remaining Victorian buildings in Lambeth Walk, it was built in 1910, with the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, The Most Reverend Randall Thomas Davidson, laying a date stone on July 18th 1910.
The Hall was initially used by St Mary’s Church (now home to The Garden Museum), and was famed for its open-air pulpit from which preachers would address the shoppers visiting the Lambeth Walk market stalls.
Morley College showed interest in the building in 1972, and the lease was eventually purchased for £6000 from the Church in 1977, with persistent fundraising by the Principal at the time, Barry Till. Donations were received by the Gulbenkian Foundation, Baring Foundation, Sainsbury’s Foundation, and the Henry Moore Foundation, after which the building was named.
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Sculptor Henry Moore donated a small sculpture to Morley College in 1977, which was sold at auction and helped to raise money for the lease of Pelham Hall. In return, the College named the Sculpture studio after him, written on the front of the build.
The cost of refurbishment and building was assisted by a number of charities, including the Duchy of Cornwall, The Pilgrim Trust, The City and Parochial Foundation and the Hayward Foundation.
Today the Henry Moore Sculpture Studio at Pelham Hall is unique, spacious, fully refurbished and well equipped to provide a creative space for our sculpture courses.
The sculpture facilities are one of the best equipped for an adult learners provision especially for the metal working processes including top of the range mig, tig, spot and oxyacetylene welding, plasma cutter, forge and furnace for bronze casting.
Morley College’s Sculpture Department has developed and retained an excellent reputation over many years boasting excellent provision of machinery, tools, unique courses and skilled tutors.
Courses are available for both experienced and budding beginner sculptors. Sculpture courses focus on a wide range of sculpture disciplines including well-resourced metalwork, clay life modeling, stone carving, woodcarving, and mould-making, as well as exploring diverse materials and processes. All of our courses are taught by our team of specialist practicing artist Tutors; many of whom are highly regarded practitioners within their field.