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We have a packed programme of events at the gallery in the coming months.

Lights, Art, Action! will have live dance performances and mini sculpture talks for all the family for three Saturdays.


The BIG sculpture build - Great holiday activity for all the family to come and get creative - Wednesday 1st April.

Portraiture demonstration by well known portraiture artist Andrew James - Saturday 6th June 12pm

Check out the events pages for all the details.

The Friends of Harlow Sculpture Collection would like to announce that they raised over £200 in their Autumn Raffle.

We thank established artist Michael Middleton for his donation of an original lino cut. 

The winner drawn on the 18th December was Barbara Burge. Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket. 

Hurray for Harlow artist!

Jim Brown was named winner of the Rumball Sedgewick Award for his work entitled 'Watcher'. Jim's work also features in our Open 14 exhibition open until the 19th December. 


Image: Copywright of artist Jim Brown

Highlights of 2014

This year we have had seven fantastic temporary exhibitions in the main gallery space and many memorable events.

  • We ran six successful cultural tours in collaboration with the Gibberd Garden attracting visitors from as far as Leeds and Northampton.
  • The Gallery hosted the launch for the Essex Summer of Arts in June with invited guests from across Essex.
  • Hundreds of people came along to a family day of poppy making and poetry readings in relation to the commemorative exhibition 'Lest We Forget'.
  • Turner Prize nominated, BAFTA winning artists Langlands & Bell exhibited, for the first time, 30 of their working models here in Harlow.
  • We won the Essex Community Partner Award from Denne/Moat Construction.
  • Our innovative, education programme saw 10 young people gain their Silver Arts Award, complete a six month Young Curators course and host the "Dreams and Fantasy" exhibition, a student show with workshops .
  • Our three John Nash watercolour paintings from the collection were loaned to the Royal West of England gallery in Bristol and our Rodin sculpture, "Eve" went on tour with the "Moore/ Rodin" exhibition to Compton Verney.
  • The 'Open 15' exhibition, which can still be visited until the 19th December, attracted over 60 artists, a record number, to submit work and presents more than 100 beautiful pieces.
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Corrina Dunlea (Gallery Director) -  My 2014 highlights at the Gibberd Gallery are always welcoming new visitors to the gallery and their surprise that Harlow has such a wealth of cultural attractions in all artistic disciplines. I'm particularly proud of the team and volunteers who are passionate about the arts in this town and work hard to make this gallery space interesting, inviting and memorable. Of course none of this would be possible without very talented artists that have exhibited here.

Alastair Howe (Chair of Harlow Art Trust) - For me the year has been a non-stop series of highlights just anticipating what our fantastic Gallery team are going to pull out of the hat next. From a minimal budget but with maximum enthusiasm they create one outstanding show after another, the Gallery looking completely new and fresh each time. Further highlights are in the back stage discussions about the future, who we can get to show and what we can do next - watch this space!

As always we are grateful to our volunteers for their support of the gallery, without them we would be unable to have such an exciting programme and involve so many different people in the gallery.

What is coming up in 2015?

Next year we have another packed programme of exhibitions and events. Our January to July programme will be available in January but here are a few sneak peaks.

MIDPOINT emerging talent 2015 - Opens on the 7th January

Harlow Art Trust is committed to supporting new talent and has selected three artists that are showing exceptional, exciting artworks full of innovation and promise. One artist featured is Abe Pardue who is a Harlow resident artist. He has recently been commended in our Open 14 for the painting Wall. We hope by giving these newly graduated artists an opportunity to exhibit we can nurture their development as artists whilst also showing visitors new innovative artwork.

Save the date - Saturday 31st January we are open between 11am - 3pm -

'Meet the artist talk' at 1pm which offers you the opportunity to ask questions about the work on display and the artists' practice.

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Abe Pardue, Berlin, Oil on Canvas, 2014

Light, Art, Action!

20th February - 28th March

Do you enjoy dance and theatre? This exhibition will be packed with theatre set designs, live dance performances, film and props. Keep a look out for our Saturday openings where local dance schools will be performing dances inspired by Harlow sculptures.

Jazz as artists see it

9th April - 15th May

Chosen artists with an interest in jazz have been selected to create work for this exhibition which will feature painting, musical instruments and live Jazz events.

The gallery closes between 23rd December and the 5th January.

We look forward to seeing you again in the gallery soon,

The Gibberd Gallery Team

 These individual, unique works of art have 100 metres of woven cotton on each poppy stem and were made by local artist Joanne Dennis for the “Lest We Forget” exhibition held at the gallery in September 2014. More images from this show and information can be found by visiting past exhibtions.

They are now for sale at **£10** each and proceeds will be shared between the Royal British Legion and Harlow Art Trust.

For sale enquiries please see the volunteer at the desk at the gallery or call 01279 446404 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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This display showcases powerful, thought provoking images from some of the most talented portrait painters of this century. Many have and do feature in national exhibitions and we are proud to bring this genre of art for the first time to the South East. 


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Images: 'Luyiso', Andrew James, 'Simon James', Merrie Curtis-Fuller, 'Deborah', Adele Wagstaff

On display will be brilliantly technical works  that offer different approaches to the subject matter, the work can be:





Every image will leave a lasting impression on the viewer. 


Artists include Frances Bell, Tim Benson, Samuel Dalby, Simon Davis, Miriam Escofet, Merrie Curtis-Fuller, Andrew James, Melissa Scott-Miller, Sarah Jane Moon, Danny Pockets, Allan Ramsay, Daniel Shadbolt, Adele Wagstaff, Flora Watson.


Face To Face - Young Peoples Exhibition

To accompany the main exhibition the Young Curators have created and exhibition of schools work which follows the theme of portraiture. On display are drawings from lots of ages with different styles. You can also do a fun activity sheet and take a framed selfie. Come and visit to see the artists of the future. 

Open until 2nd July 



Art exhibitions on the theme of Jazz are virtually unknown in this country and Harlow Art Trust will be breaking new ground with this vibrant exhibition. The show includes prints, oil painting, sculpture, digital artwork, and drawing each with a unique interpretation of Jazz from its African American origins to today’s smooth jazz scene. Artworks include bold portraits of Jazz greats, musically inspired sculptures and paintings that evoke the feel of Jazz and the environment in which it thrived. Also on display are Jazz posters, records, programmes, autographed sketches and a saxaphone.

Selected artists from the region and one from Sweden have been invited to produce work especially for this exhibition which will be opened by Liz Lincoln, Jazz Festival organiser and national jazz from Southend and Westcliffe.

Featured Artists :    

David Oxtoby

Peter Wickham

Derek Hutchison

Nicola Burrel

Glynnis Bainbridge Nils-Johans Backstrom
Graham Boyd Ophelia Redpath
Graham Smith  Raphael Sagage 

Jim Curry

Robin McCartney

John Graham

Richard Brown
Michael Cook Sally Gorham
Moira Jones Tasha Fry
Neil MaCleay Tony White
Gosta Kriland  


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Images top left to bottom right: Graham Boyd, Tony White, Michael Cook, Neil McCleay, Tony White, Sally Gorman.

We will regually be posting news items on the website and on Facebook and Twitter with featured artists statements and reasons behind their artwork. Find them by clicking here



Jazz Requests

Saturday 25th April 11am – 2pm

For this Saturday opening we will be playing recorded Jazz music choosen by the artists themselves. They have requested pieces which have inspired them to create the artwork on display. Come enjoy the up beat joyful music and meet some of the artists.


Saturday 9th May 11am - 2pm

Live Jazz band to perform throughout the opening come and listen to Jazz fill the gallery and bring joy to the spring air.



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Inspired by local sculpture and original music from emerging composers (Alumi from University of Hertfordshire and students from Hertfordshire College of Music) dancers, artists and theatre designers join together to transform the space into a magical set. The Young Curators will be launching the new children's gallery called 'The Glass Hideaway' where they will be curating a small schools exhibition around the theme of theatre and dance. A packed programme of activities and live dance events will make this a dramatic, must see show.

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Opening Night! Friday 20th February - 6.30pm - 8.30pm - Come along to see two spectacular live performances by Makin’ Steps, as well as film projections of dances, created by Hip Hop Pop and the Karen Chapman School of Dancing. Other dance schools will also be having live dance events on Saturdays and evenings which can be viewed on our events page.

This evening will also be the official opening of ‘The Glass Hideaway’ the new dedicated children’s gallery curated by our Young Curators. With work by several local schools inspired by our Light, Art, Action! theme. 


Wednesday 25th February - Life Drawing Class - Opportunity to draw two dancers creating dance inspired poses. Click here for more information. 

Saturday 28th February - Open 10am - 4pm - The Karen Chapman Company will perform live at 2pm dances inspired by a Harlow sculptures including 'Echo' by Antanas Brazdys for 25 minutes. The Karen Chapman company will then offer a 20 minutes workshop to teach the audience the freestyle dance created for the sculpture 'Legs'. A workshop for all ages taught by both the tutor and dance students. Come and have some fun and learn something new. 

Wednesday 4th March 7pm - Burnt Mill students will perform an original dance inspired by Henry Moore's 'Family Group' stone sculpture and Harlow College students will perform a modern dance piece using 'Solo Flight' as their muse.

Wednesday 11th March - Life Drawing Class - Opportunity to draw two dancers creating dance inspired poses. Click here for more information.

Saturday 14th March - Open 10am - 4pm - 'Set the Stage' 11.30am - 1pm young persons practical workshop led by theatre designer Paul Burgess. Find out more by clicking here.

Saturday 14th March - Theatre Design Discussion Group - 2pm - 3pm Led by SBTD member Paul Burgess, who also curated our theatre display in this exhibition, this will be an opportunity to learn more about the theatre deesign in this exhibition and ask questions and discuss with others theatre and art. Informal session for all to attend.   

Wednesday 18th March 7om - Dame Laura Knight and the Ballet - Talk by Timothy Wilcox about this inspirational female painter who features in our own permanent watercolour collection. Find out more by clicking here.

Saturday 21st March - Open 10am - 4pm - Hip Hop Pop dance school perform live around Henry Moore's 'Family Group' at 1pm.  The Karen Chapman Company will perform live at 2pm dances inspired by a Harlow sculptures including 'Echo' by Antanas Brazdys for 25 minutes. The Karen Chapman company will then offer a 20 minutes workshop to teach the audience the freestyle dance created for the sculpture 'Legs'. A workshop for all ages taught by both the tutor and dance students. Come and have some fun and learn something new.

Saturday 21st March - Meet and Create with Derek Howarth - 11am -1 pm

Meet living legend Derek Howarth for an insight into the film industry and the craftsmanship of model making. Derek will give a unique insight into his exciting career over the last 40 years including his experiences working with Spielberg along with Henry Moore. There will be an opportunity for hands on experimentation under the supervision of this master craftsman and Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Booking required gThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets £4 per person (£2 FOHS+GG ) light refreshments provided. 


Some of the sculptures which have inspired the performances for this exhibtion

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Theatre Set Deisgns and Costumes:


Six designers will be showcasing their theatre set designs and some costumes. The selected designers have recently exhibited as part of the Society Of British Theatre Designers exhibition 'Make:Believe'. The display has a mix of working theatre models, costumes and photographs showcasing the diversity of this art form.

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The Designers

Bob Crowley - A renowned theatre designer and theatre director.His stage designs have stunned West End and Broadway audiences for years.

Simon Daw - A UK based stage designer and artist. He studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and a Postgrad at Motley Theatre Design course.

Matt Deely  - Matt just finished a Stadium event, Kwibuka20 in Rwanda, and designed a set for 'Celtic Woman', USA tour. He studied at Motley and has 10 years experience working in set design. 

Shizuka Hariu -  A multidisciplinary designer and co-director of SHSH Architecture + Scenography.

Kimie Nakano - She has been inspired by the notions of time and space, experimenting with 'scent and sound' in a black box performance space.

Antonella Petraccaro - My work deals with the theatrical aspect of costume design. I am a defender of ‘costume performance’, as I see costume as the conveyor of meaning and as independent storyteller, and therefore playing a pivotal role in a production

Additional photographs and film by designers: 

Abigail Hammond
Becs Andrews
Cadi Lane and Lizzie French

Harlow College:

Harlow College Art and Design students will be creating a dance and theatre inspired mural directly painted onto the gallery walls surrounding the area where live dance permances will take place.

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Saturday 6th December is an opportunity for those who can not visit us during the week to come and see the fantastic Harlow Open 14 exhibition. A lively mix of local artists artwork with many different techniques. This also offers a great opportunity to purchase a piece of affordable art for yourself or friends and family this festive period. 

Open between 11am and 2pm

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Harlow Art Trust is committed to supporting new talent and has selected three artists that show exceptional, exciting artworks, full of innovation and promise. Abe Pardue is a Harlow artist who studied and lives locally.

Artists talk Saturday 31st January 1pm - What does it take to make the leap from student to exhibitor. Attend this talk to hear the artists discuss their work and experiences as well as an opportunity to pose your own questions.

Visit the show from January 7th and leave suggestions for questions to the artists and then attend the talk to hear your questions answered.


Artists Profiles

Abe Pardue

My work is at a point of transition from almost abstract paintings based on corners of rooms, light and shadow where I utilise a dampened palette to more bright and figurative works. The earlier paintings are about stillness and the process of painting; influenced by Eastern philosophical and spiritual teachings, the work was also motivated by moment to moment experiences, the process of painting and how it changes as well as the viewer's relationship with the paintings.

My recent paintings are of people from memory or photographs that I find visually striking. They are of either people I know or strangers that I have seen on the street that I have drawn in my sketchbook which have then evolved into a painting. 

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Sarah Foyster

Sarah Foyster is an artist based in Norfolk, UK.  In the summer of 2014, she recently completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art with Distinction at Norwich University of the Arts. 

Her paintings explore psychological space, using abstracted figuration to reflect on feelings of anxiety, dislocation and isolation within our own unconscious. 

Sarah is concerned with the psychological effects to the human condition, borne out of different physical and mental traumas.  She examines the boundaries of the self and how external forces such as authority and control may cause such an underlying anxiety.  Her paintings are intended to be ambiguous, oblique and to capture the imagination.  By examining such imaginary spaces of the psyche through the paint surface, she challenges notions of mental health, surveillance, modern communication overload and misinformation.  Using a traditional medium of oils and through the effects of layering and fragmentation, an often absurd and uncanny narrative unfolds, as within a film still or characterisation within a novel. 

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Anwar Talukdar

I build in two distinct ways, one rigid and controlled, where growth is precise, led by a plan, whilst the other is more informal and improvised, where growth occurs organically, without rigid systems to guide it, where the element of chance may sometimes occur, or mistakes sometimes made, can go onto become the works themselves or push an existing piece in a direction not anticipated or planned. The work’s exhibited here reflect former.

Anwar graduated in 2014 from the Chelsea College of Art and now lives and works in London.

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