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Important art collection secured a home at The Gibberd Gallery

Lifestyle / Sun 5th Jun 2022 am30 07:22am

HARLOW Art Trust and The Foundation for Essex Arts (TFEA) are pleased to share the news that the future has been secured for an important collection of artworks. The Basildon Arts Trust (BAT) Collection comprises 62 artworks including paintings, drawings, prints and one sculpture. TFEA approached Harlow Art Trust and following discussions,we are pleased that the artworks have found a new home in the Gibberd Gallery.

Chris Snow, Chair of Harlow Art Trust said: “We are delighted to accept this gift which has so much in common with our own collection of drawings and paintings. We both have artworks in our collections by some of the most important artists of the 20th century including Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Frink and Edward Bawden. We think there will be many exciting opportunities to create new displays and exhibitions in future, in Harlow and beyond.”

Trevor Harwood, Chair of The Foundation for Essex Arts said: “The Foundation Trustees are very grateful to the Harlow Art Trust for agreeing to preserve and protect the BAT Collection intact so this important collection, with its many beautiful works can be enjoyed alongside theirs and will be available for appropriate loans at their discretion. Whilst we are sad TFEA is to cease, we are also proud of our achievements with our education work and setting up of a Bursary which will continue to be administered by University of Arts London, benefitting disadvantaged students from Basildon and Essex more widely.”

David Mitchinson, Trustee of the Harlow Art Trust and former head of collections and the Henry Moore Foundation said: “The BAT Collection is exceptional in quality, range and scale. Harlow is very fortunate to be receiving it. The Collection has something for everyone from resolutely modern work by Michael Craig-Martin through to Rowland Hilder’s ‘Winter Scene’ which would not be out of place on a Christmas card.”

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