Harlow Museum: The Florence of Essex

The Florence of Essex
Harlow Museum and Walled Garden, Muskham Road, Harlow CM20 2LS
17 October – 30 November 2018
Open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 – 16:00

HARLOW Museum is pleased to present an exhibition consolidating 12 months research and work by artist and researcher Nicholas Smith. Featuring a film which has been made about the special relationship between the people of Harlow and the sculptures in the town, and a display of photographs that have been curated by Smith from the archive at the museum.

“When Sir Frederick Gibberd claimed that it was his trips to Florence that inspired the decision to have sculptures on public display in Harlow, I imagine it came across somewhat unrealistic, patronising even. How can you compare a town in Essex with the greatest classical city in the world for sculpture? Working in Harlow for the last 12 months has given me a unique opportunity to find out more about how a collection of over 80 works in the public domain can contribute towards society and everyday life, and if the comparison to Florence was a valid one”.

The Florence of Essex has been made possible with the kind and generous support of The Henry Moore Foundation, Harlow Arts Trust and the Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens.

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