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Follow the Harlow art and sculpture trail in July

Lifestyle / Thu 29th Jun 2017 at 09:42am

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THE Harlow Art and Sculpture trail returns for a fourth year between 8th and 23rd July. The trail sees Harlow town centre transformed into a treasure hunt of artwork produced by local artists and displayed in the windows of shops and businesses, as well as taking in Harlow’s acclaimed collection of sculptures.

The trail is part of Essex Summer of Art and is organised by a partnership between The Harvey Centre, Gatehouse Arts and The Gibberd Gallery. Gatehouse Arts provides studio space for over 60 local artists and The Gibberd Gallery, run by The Harlow Arts Trust, has a permanent collection of over 50 important 20th Century watercolours alongside contemporary exhibitions. As 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Harlow’s designation as a new town, both are celebrating the occasion with exclusive exhibitions during the trail.

To view the artworks and sculptures on the trail, simply pick up a free map of their locations from one of the 20 venues taking part including The Harvey Centre, which will be showcasing artwork in Cineworld, Harlow Mobility and Marquee Models. Other venues include the library, Harlow Playhouse and businesses in Bird Cage Walk, and some venues will have art available to buy.

Sculptures on the trail include Henry Moore’s ‘Family Group’, who look out from the foyer of the Civic Centre and Dame Elizabeth Frink’s ‘Boar’ in the Water Gardens. It is thanks to the national significance of these sculptures and their creators, amongst numerous other post-war sculptures in the town, that Harlow was named the world’s first ‘Sculpture Town’ in 2010. And the trail only includes a fraction of Harlow’s sculptures – those who want to find out more can pick up a sculpture map from The Gibberd Gallery, or download the free app by searching ‘Harlow Sculpture Trail’ on the Apple Store or Google Play.

Bryan Young, Centre Manager at The Harvey Centre says, “We’re delighted to be taking part in the Art and Sculpture trail again this year. It’s a great way to give local artists a platform, showcase the range of sculptures in the town and highlight the thriving creative scene in Harlow.”

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