Dazzling variety of art as Harlow Open 2018 now open to public

Education: Secondary / Mon 29th Jan 2018 at 09:41am

By Adam Spartley

THE GIBBERD GALLERY is now displaying the works selected for this years Harlow Open.

The dazzling array of artwork on display was a fitting backdrop to the colourful characters and creative minds who were in attendance .

The Harlow Open is possibly the towns most anticipated event of the year for artists and art fans, and the works on display were admired by the visitors.

Some of the work on display

Some of the work on display

Chair of the Harlow Arts Trust Chris Snow said: “It really is almost a tonic to come here in January and enjoy the show. The Open is the most fun event we have in the year, and I think we can all agree it has been put beautifully together. There is a real variety of work, so much colour and an eclectic mix of different mediums.”

Corinna Dunlea welcomed everyone to The Gibberd Gallery and praised the volunteers who had helped make the evenings events possible.

She said: “This wouldn’t have happened as quickly and smoothly and with as much fun as it has done without the support of every one of our volunteers.’


Amanda Westbury, manager of the youth curators team, was present to hand out certificates to the young artists who had participated in the young curators scheme.

She said: ‘This is the fourth year of young curators, and we are so proud. We had 11 young curators with us last year, and eight of them attained the silver arts award, which is a level 2 qualification and is equivalent to a GCSE. Tonight is their celebration night.’

After the young curators returned to the crowd, the prizes and commendations for the best works exhibited were presented to the respective artists.

The prize for ‘Best in Show’ was awarded to local artist Mike Cook for his Indian ink and watercolour piece ‘Its all got to come down’.

Michael Cook stands alongside his prize winning work

Michael Cook stands alongside his prize winning work

Mike said: ‘I’ve been an artist all my life, I even manned the art room at Mark Hall when the Queen visited in 1957, although I’ll admit I couldn’t bring myself to lift my head the whole time she was there. I’m so happy to have won today. I’ve entered every year since the Open started, and I’ve been commended the last four years so the win really means a lot.’

Chair of Harlow Council Sue Livings told visitors: ‘I’d like to speak on behalf of everyone here and say thank you to Corinna and the Harlow Art Trust for such a wonderful display this year and for putting together such a wonderful evening for us. I would also like to thank the artists and want to encourage people to buy the art, as this is the simplest way to support local artists.’

The work entered into the Harlow Open will be exhibited at The Gibberd Gallery until April 7.

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