Cycle, Create & Move: Free family workshop in Harlow Town Park

Entertainment / Thu 28th Mar 2024 at 01:24pm

Cycle, Create & Move is a new initiative from the Harlow Art Trust that will see teams of Velo Artists cycling around Harlow Sculpture Town on special cargo bikes. These bikes will have within them all the materials needed for fun family workshops. The first workshops are taking place in the Easter Holidays in Harlow Town Park. They will be led by local artists and designers Abbie Freeman and Harry Watson of Snootie Studios. 

Harlow is UK’s only sculpture town. With over 100 public artworks located around the Town this initiative is taking fun creative activities to where the sculptures are and near the doorsteps of residents and to public places enjoyed by locals and visitors. 

The Velo Artist ideas were developed by artist Elaine Tribley who said

‘I love cycling, and I’m an artist, so when approached with a loose idea of combining cycling, cargo bikes and art how could I refuse to be involved!

Several months later I’m delighted to be part of the team launching the very first ‘Velo Artists’ pilot project. The opportunity to take art out on the road (cycle way!) and co-create with communities in a sustainable way is both exciting and a challenge and we hope the beginning of a longer term relationship with art and bikes in Harlow.’

The first commissioned Velo Artists are Abbie Watson and Harry Watson of Snootie Studios. They said “We want to create a project that connects our interests as Graphic Designers with Harlow and Cycling. During our research we looked into Harlow’s history of printing, book binding and publishing, which in it’s heyday was a large sector of employment in Harlow. Both Abbie’s father and grandfather worked in the presses printing newspapers. When speaking to Abbie’s father he told us how when he started work there was only two cars in the company car park, everyone else cycled to work. Our project looks to put a twist on this story, rather than cycling to the printing press, we want to cycle with the printing press. 

Our project revolves around a fictional newspaper named ‘The Harlow Hopeful’, which will be co-created by us and members of the public. The project will engage members of the public through providing the skeleton of a newspaper pre-designed by us, with activities for the participants to engage in being disguised as articles and adverts. The hero activity will be Lego Letterpress, using a printing plate and a pinch press on site to print your own custom newspaper cover image.”

The first free family workshops will take place on Tuesday 2nd and Tuesday 9th April by the Bandstand in Harlow Town Park from 11am-1pm and from 2pm-4pm. They are suitable for children 4+. Children must be accompanied by adults at all times.

The cargo bikes used in this project are being loaned by Harlow and Giltson Town Garden Project. The pilot project has been supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Harlow Creates and Harlow Council.

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1 Comment for Cycle, Create & Move: Free family workshop in Harlow Town Park:

2024-03-30 09:46:35

Excellent idea: would be good if they could work round visiting all of Harlow schools to inspire children and teachers.

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