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Harlow artists invited to enter The Open Open

Lifestyle / Wed 20th Mar 2019 at 03:51pm

THE Gibberd Gallery has launched a call for submissions for an exhibition exploring the creative potential of Harlow’s public spaces.

The Open Open is a twist on the gallery’s much-loved annual Open art exhibition. It is designed to celebrate the soft launch of a new and improved sculpture map.

Kate Harding, the Artistic Director of Harlow Art Trust says: “Where a sculpture is sited in the town has a huge impact on how we perceive it. Imagine if Moore’s Harlow Family Group was in your back garden, rather than the foyer of the Civic Centre. We want you to play around with how the place you put something changes what it means, and vice versa.”

Entrants should make a temporary creative intervention somewhere in Harlow, take a photo, and send it via email to the gallery. The intervention could be a painting, a sculpture, an object or something that defies easy categorisation: the important thing is to think outside the box. The submitted photographs will be printed and curated to demonstrate the breadth of creativity that the town can inspire.

A special guest panel of independent judges will award prizes to the four best submissions at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 27th April. Prizes are generously sponsored by Astro Lighting, a lighting design company that has been based Harlow for over two decades.

The Gibberd Gallery will run a programme of free tours that look afresh at Harlow’s sculptures and their sites for the duration of the exhibition.

Entrants to the Open Open exhibition should visit the Gibberd Gallery website for the full brief, FAQs, and conditions of entry.

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