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Routed through Essex passing through the Gibberd Gallery

Lifestyle / Fri 4th Sep 2015 pm30 12:41pm

ROUTED through Essex is the final exhibition of a commissioning programme that is part of Essex Network of Artists’ Studios (ENAS), set up to promote and develop artist studios across Essex. In early 2015, ENAS awarded four artist pairs opportunities which included commissions, a residency and a socially engaged project This exhibition at the beautiful Gibberd Gallery, Harlow showcases the outcomes of each new project alongside selected works from previous exhibitions and other ENAS funded opportunities.

Art at GibberdArtists
Elaine Tribley, The Hive and Amanda Westbury, Gatehouse Arts (Top Left)
Jon Lewis, Parndon Mill and Janette Lazell, Cuckoo Farm Studios (Bottom Left)
Hannah Stageman, Cuckoo Farm Studios and Cara Jean Flynn, ENAS member (Top Right) Lisa Temple-Cox, Cuckoo Farm Studios and David Watkins, TAP (Bottom Right)

Flynn and Stageman have been working with Loughton Arts Centre in Lopping Hall, Epping and have been conducting action research into enclosures and the impact of the forest on the spirit of local people and vice versa. Through drawing, installation, public engagement and performance, the artists are highlighting the successes and challenges in conserving the area.

Collaborators RichTea Projects (Tribley and Westbury) are also influenced by place and identity, particularly ‘the visitor versus the native’. They are performing a series of participatory public interventions, performing guided tours and creating ‘souvenirs’ which celebrate towns in Essex.

Temple-Cox and Watkins’ research centres on networks – both on and offline – through immersion, mapping and modelling. A range of media and techniques are employed to record the artists’ dialogues and findings through their own form of sensory ethnography.
Lazell and Lewis bring together their experience in working with light-sensitive and light- responsive materials – photography and glass – to realise a large scale, site responsive and immersive installation.

The Gibberd Gallery will be hosting special events linked to the exhibition 3rd October 2015 Come and meet the artists 11am – 12pm and hear about how they developed their pieces. Artist Elaine Tribley will be offering family workshops from 12pm – 2pm come and make your own souvenir. All events are free.

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