The Gibberd Gallery’s Open Open exhibition explores town beyond the gallery walls

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.

Notes to Editors
About Harlow Art Trust

The charity Trust was set up in 1953 and has responsibility for key assets within Harlow.

  • The Gibberd Gallery; the main gallery space located in the Civic Centre. The Gibberd Gallery hosts an annual programme of exhibitions, talks and events that includes group and solo shows by established and emerging artists.

  • A public collection of 90 sculptures, situated in squares, public buildings and open spaces across the town including work by some of the most significant British artists of the 20th century such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink. The Trust continues to commission and work with other public and private organisations to add to the sculpture collection. Two new sculptures were added in 2018.