The Harlow Art Trust, a voluntary body established in the 1950s, acquired works by up-and-coming sculptors and assisted them by providing a permanent, public exhibition of their works.
A collection of sculptures of national significance are sited throughout the town. In the main squares and precincts, in numerous public buildings and at several schools, sculptures by artists, both famous and lesser known, are to be found. Henry Moore's Family Group looks out from the foyer of the Civic Centre onto the Water Gardens where Elisabeth Frink's Boar stands. Close by, in the town centre, are works by Ralph Brown, F.E.McWiliam and Lynn Chadwick.
At the end of 2010, Harlow became the world’s first ‘Sculpture Town’. This not only celebrates the sculptures owned by Harlow Art Trust but other sculpture collections in Harlow, including those of the Council, the Gibberd Garden and Parndon Mill.
The Harlow Art Trust continues to commission and site sculpture in Harlow. The Trust has recently commissioned a major new work to be sited at Newhall to commemorate the life of Lady Patricia Gibberd.
- Sculpture Trail Map (pdf)
- Sculpture Trail App (iTunes app)
- Sculpture collection map (pdf)
- River Stort Sculpture Trail (pdf)
Tours and talks
As well as the monthly 'Art and the New Town The Influence of Sir Frederick Gibberd Cultural Tours' (please see what's on section for next tour date) there are also tailored tours available upon request.
- Walking tours of Town Centre, bus tours of the outlaying sculptures or whole day tours
- Maximum size group: 30 people
- Tour length: from two hours to whole day depending on tour chosen
To discuss the details of your tour and to book please contact the Gibberd Gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org