This is an excellent opportunity to join an increasingly ambitious visual arts organisation in the South East, currently in an exciting period of development.
Harlow Art Trust has been commissioning, siting and maintaining public sculpture in Harlow, Essex, since 1953. Today, the collection holds work by some of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Lynn Chadwick. Since 2011, it has also managed the Gibberd Gallery.
The Trust has recently secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver ‘Access Harlow Sculpture Town’, a major new project involving the conservation for 18 vulnerable works in the collection, and the development and delivery of an extensive learning and engagement programme.
We are now looking for a Project Coordinator to co-curate, schedule, deliver and evaluate a wide range of activities and events set out in the Access Harlow Sculpture Town project plan.
We are interested in hearing from candidates who have a keen ability to engage and enthuse others and an interest in the visual arts. With excellent leadership skills, you will be able to motivate a team of volunteers and work flexibly across multiple sites.
Educated to GCSE level, or equivalent, you will have strong organizational skills and be able to manage timetables effectively in order to successfully deliver a varied programme of work.
The deadline is 23:59 on Monday 24th September.
Harlow Sculpture Town Wins Heritage Lottery Funding
Henry Moore, ‘Family Group’, 1954-55.
A grant of £55,300, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, is set to launch and new volunteer scheme and restore 18 precious sculptures in need of urgent care in Harlow, Essex, including Henry Moore’s iconic Family Group. The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable Harlow Art Trust (HAT) to lead the ‘Access Harlow Sculpture Town’ project. The project aims to protect the collection for generations to come and engage people of all ages with Harlow’s unique sculptural heritage.
It marks the 10th anniversary since Harlow became the UK’s first and only Sculpture Town in 2009, which recognises the town’s nationally significant collection of public sculpture which includes work by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink. Alongside physical conservation, Harlow Art Trust will recruit and train a team of volunteer ‘Sculpture Guardians’ in conservation techniques and condition reporting processes to help keep the collection in good condition for the future. Volunteers will also be supported to lead tours for locals and visitors alike around new specially designed sculpture trails.
New learning and visitor resources including an updated map, website and interactive app will be developed and promoted during ‘Sculpture Week’, a week long launch involving all 31 schools in the Harlow area. Activities will also be delivered in partnership with Art UK’s Sculpture Project, the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, Essex County Council and Harlow District Council.
Chair of Harlow Art Trust Chris Snow said:
“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we can make sure our collection is safe for the people of Harlow for many years to come and raise its profile as the UK’s only Sculpture Town. We are looking forward to holding events and creating new resources to enable even more people to enjoy and learn more about our fantastic collection. We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund recognises the national importance of our collection in Harlow which includes work by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Auguste Rodin."
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are thrilled to support this inspiring project which will repair these significant sculptures and enable more people to fully appreciate them.”
Notes to Editors
Harlow Art Trust commissioned Plowden & Smith, an expert team of conservators, to carry out a study of the 90 sculptures in the collection. They identified 18 in urgent need of repair. These are the sculptures that will be conserved with Heritage Lottery Funding. They include Grade-II listed works ‘Family Group’ by Henry Moore and ‘Trigon’ by Lynn Chadwick.
About Harlow Art Trust
The charity Trust was set up in 1953 and has responsibility for key assets within Harlow.
- The Gibberd Gallery; the main gallery space located in the Civic Centre.
- A public collection of 90 sculptures, situated in squares, public buildings and open spaces across the town.
The Gibberd Gallery hosts an annual programme of exhibitions, talks and events that includes group and solo shows by established and emerging artists. The Trust continues to commission and work with other public and private organisations to add to the sculpture collection. Two new sculptures were added in 2018. Next year, 2019 will be the 10th year anniversary since Harlow became the UK’s only Sculpture Town and this is an opportunity to hold public events.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.
For further information, images and interviews please contact Kate Harding, Artistic Director.
Private view and special introduction by Lara Wardle, Curator of the Jerwood Collection: Thursday 9th August, 7-8.30pm at the Gibberd Gallery, all welcome.
Victoria Sin, Bag Fun, inflated balloons, carrier bag, coat hanger, 2016
10th August - 27th October
Join us on Thursday 9th August from 7-8.30pm at the Gibberd Gallery for the opening of our next exhibition, with a special introduction from Lara Wardle, Curator of the Jerwood Collection at 7.30pm.
In 1918, 40 per cent of women across the UK were legally entitled to vote for the first time. 100 years later, we respond to the first wave of women to get the vote with Show Women: an exhibition of painting, sculpture, film and installation by contemporary women and non-binary artists.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Gibberd Gallery and two of the UK's most significant collections of modern and contemporary British art: the Jerwood Collection and the Ingram Collection. Loaned work by both emerging and established artists such as Victoria Sin, BP Portrait Award winner Aleah Chapin, and Rose Wylie will be on display alongside a special interpretation of the Sir Frederick Gibberd 20th Century Watercolour collection, reflecting upon the changing landscape for women's work over the last 100 years.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
TALK: And Then There Were Women (Artists) | Tuesday 21st August, 2-3pm, FREE
The first of two talks by art historian Lin Hilton. This talk surveys the history of women artists throughout western art history, with opportunity for questions and debate. Book via Eventbrite.
TALK: Frink & Hepworth, Women About Town | Wednesday 5th September, 2-3pm, FREE
The second of two talks by art historian Lin Hilton. This talk focuses on Elisabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth, two major figures of post-war British art, who both contributed sculpture to Harlow. Book via Eventbrite.
TOUR: 1-Day Art and Sculpture Tour | Thursday 20th September, 10-3pm, £28 per person
Coffee and tour of the exhibition and permanent collection at the Gibberd Gallery followed by a guided coach journey through urban areas, New Hall, and lunch at the Gibberd Gardens. Email or phone the gallery to book.
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Collecting Your Artwork from the Harlow Open 2018
If you participated in this year's Harlow Open, or purchased something from the exhibition, you can collect your artwork from the gallery at the following dates and times:
Tuesday 10th April, 1-4.30pm
Wednesday 11th April, 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday 12th April, 1-4.30pm
Friday 13th April, 9.30-4.30pm
Saturday 14th April, 11am-2pm
If you cannot drop in during these times, please call the gallery on 01279446404 to make alternative arrangements.
Proof Positive | 19 April - 28 July
Featuring a dynamic selection of 60 hand-printed and original works by artists from across the UK and USA, Proof Positive charts the last 15 years of activity from The Print Studio, Cambridge. Established by artist and master printmaker Kip Gresham in 2002, the studio has produced prints by renowned artists including Alison Wilding RA, Humphrey Ocean RA, Peter Randall Page RA and many more. Proof Positive brings them together to relect the collaborative relationships which develop between the studio and the artists, showcasing its diverse and influential approach to process in contemporary printmaking.
SCREENING: Which Way Up? Tuesday 29th May 7-9pm
A special screening of the film about artist John McLean by Michael Proudfoot. Refreshments available. This is a free event.
ARTIST TALK: The Printer's Way, Thursday 14th June 7-8pm
Anne Desmet RA, revered aritst and printmaker discusses her exquisite engravings with opportunity for questions and debate. Refreshments available. Booking required.
WORKSHOP: Printmaking on a Budget, June
Artist led session for schools making original prints. Materials will be provided. Please enquire at the gallery.
TOUR: Cultural Art and Sculpture Tour, Thursday 19th July 10am-3pm
Gallery tour of the exhibition and permanent collection followed by a guided coach journey through urban areas, New Hall and the Gibberd Gardens. Booking essential.
With six Royal Academicians in Proof Positive, and 17 in the permanent collection, this project, with ArtFund support, forms part of RA 250 UK: exhibitions and events around the UK to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Essex Life has devoted a double-page spread to the Harlow Open in its March edition. 'Open Season' features interviews with artists Jo Richards and Jim Brown as well as some great colour photographs of the exhibition. The full article is available to read online HERE.
Nick Hornby Wins Commission for Harlow’s New Science Park
Harlow Art Trust has appointed British sculptor Nick Hornby to design a new work for Harlow’s new Enterprise Zone. It will be located at the heart of the new Harlow Science Park – home to Anglia Ruskin University’s Medical Technology Innovation Centre.
The brief for this sculpture was to create a focal point that resonated both with the narrative of Science and Technology as well as Harlow’s cultural legacy. Hornby’s practice is ideally suited to this brief – as he appropriates art historical references and creates new hybrid objects using digital technologies.
Corrina Dunlea, Director Harlow Art Trust says:
Since 1953 Harlow Art Trust has been the guardian of beautifying both urban and rural spaces in Harlow unwittingly creating a leading example of how sculpture, architecture and landscape can be a perfect frame for designers and innovative practitioners such as Nick. We are excited to see how he will punctuate the new park turning the mundane into a visually enriching space ultimately enhancing the daily lives of the workforce, visitors to Harlow and residents. We are looking forward to collaborating with Nick. His piece will add elegance and important relevance to our sculpture collection.
Andrew Bramidge, Project Director Harlow Enterprise Zone says:
The creation of high quality amenity space has been central to the conceptual thinking behind our development of the new Harlow Science Park. The commissioning of a new public sculpture is at the heart of this and will add to the experience of businesses, employees and visitors. We were particularly keen to work with a young British artist to help us achieve our vision and are delighted to be working with Nick and will be excited to see how his concept becomes reality over the coming months.
Nick Hornby says:
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to develop this commission within the new Harlow Science Park. My design is a hybrid of figuration and abstraction formed by mixing the work of two artists – Michelangelo and Kandinsky. Both are arguably the pinnacle of their fields: Michelangelo’s David is the apotheosis of human perfectibility and Kandinsky is credited with painting one of the first recognised purely abstract works. I hope this artwork will provoke questions and debate.
Hornby’s work will be installed in November 2018.
Notes to Editors
call us on 01279 446404
Address: Harlow Art Trust, Civic Centre, Harlow, CM20 1WG, England
About Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby, born in 1980, is a rising, young sculptor living and working in London. He has received degrees from the Slade School of Art at University College London and Chelsea School of Art. He has exhibited in the UK, the US, Switzerland, Greece and India, including Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, The Fitzwilliam Museum in the UK; and Eyebeam and The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, and featured in Dazed, Wired, and Time Out, among others. Hornby's sculptures emerge from the convergence of a postmodern historical perspective and cutting-edge digital technology.
About Harlow Art Trust
Harlow Art Trust was founded in 1953 and is one of Britain's leading regional arts organisations. Over the past fifty years the Trust has built up a remarkable collection of sculpture by some of the foremost names in modern and contemporary art, which attracts visitors to Harlow from all over the world. To walk around the centre of Harlow is to experience a large-scale open-air art museum in which can be seen work by Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ralph Brown, Lynn Chadwick, Lee Grandjean, Elizabeth Frink amongst many others.
The Trust continues to purchase and commission new sculpture and other works of art from new and established artists, and whenever possible sites these in publicly accessible areas of Harlow for everyone to enjoy. In 2011 the Trust expanded its activities by taking on the running of The Gibberd Gallery, a fine venue in the Town Centre which is home to Sir Frederick Gibberd’s gift of watercolours and which hosts a programme of regularly changing exhibitions.
For more information see www.gibberdgallery.co.uk Harlow Enterprise Zone
Harlow Enterprise Zone occupies a strategically significant site between London and Cambridge, with its proximity to London Stansted Airport making it a premier business location. At the heart of this development, led by Harlow Council, is a 27 acre Science Park focused on Life Sciences, Advanced Engineering and Information and Communications Technology. The first buildings on this site commence construction in April 2018 with occupancy from March 2019. In total, the site will contain more than 500,000 square feet of development and provide jobs for more than 2,000 people alongside some ancillary retail and café facilities in an attractively landscaped setting.
For more information see www.helloharlow.co.uk
We are excited to announce details of our next exhibition, which will open on Thursday 19th April at the Gibberd Gallery, 6.30 - 8.30pm.
'Proof Positive' is an exhibition of prints that will bring together a dynamic selection of 60 works from the past 15 years from the renowned Print Studio, Cambridge.
Prints will be exhibited by artists Willard Boepple, Michael Brick, Stephen Chambers RA, Rachael Clewlow, Alan Grabham, Anthony Green RA, Kip Gresham, Peter Griffin, Nick Kennedy, Ellen Lanyon, John McLean, Gina Medcalf, Mali Morris RA, Humphrey Ocean RA, Peter Randall-Page RA, Carol Robertson, Trevor Sutton, Alison Wilding RA.
To coincide with the exhibition the Gibberd Gallery has programmed a series of special events encouraging visitors to explore the technical nature of print and its innovations through tours, film, workshops and seminars.
Click here for more details.
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