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The Gibberd Gallery

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Located: Civic Centre Water Gardens Harlow Essex CM20 1WG

Admission: Free

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri - 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Special Saturday and evening openings advertised on website.

Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays


Phone: 01279 446404

Edward Bawden, Orcades Mural

The Gibberd Gallery is a purpose built contemporary exhibition space in the centre of Harlow on the mezzanine floor of the Civic Centre. It is home to the important collection of 20th century British watercolours donated to the town by Sir Frederick Gibberd in 1984. This collection is permanently on display and includes pieces by John Nash, Edward Bawden and Elizabeth Blackadder

The Gibberd Gallery is run by Harlow Art Trust a charity formed in 1953 which also commissions and purchases sculpture for the town. The Friends of Harlow Sculpture and Gibberd Gallery help with fundraising and have events, talks and trips for a small yearly subscription. To find out more about the trust visit

The programme of temporary exhibitions is a lively mix of local and national artists attracting a broad audiences and each year there is a 3D focus within the programme emphasising Harlow's status as a sculpture town. Activities often accompany shows including talks, demonstrations and workshops.

Volunteering opportunities are varied and interesting and offer the chance to be involved in the arts. Please navigate to the volunteers page to find out more about getting involved with the gallery.

The gallery also offers opportunities for artists to promote and sell their work. Exhibition space is available at the front of the building in a window space.  Within the gallery there is also the opportunity to exhibit on our community boards. These are available to a variety of groups who would like to present art projects, such as schools, charities and local hobby groups.


Current Exhibition

'Routed Through Essex'

Hannah and Cara photo

In early 2015, ENAS awarded eight artists opportunities which included commissions, a residency and a socially engaged project in addition to four experimental display opportunities in collaboration with Firstsite. This exhibition showcases the outcomes of each new project alongside selected works from previous exhibitions and other ENAS funded opportunities.


Hannah Stageman and Cara Jean Flynn

Lisa Temple-Cox and David Watkins

Jon Lewis Smith and Jannette Lazell

Elaine Tribley and Amanda Westbury

Saturday Openings 21st November and 12th December 11am - 2pm

Free Family Workshops between 12pm - 2pm on each Saturday visit website for more information.



Harlow Art Trust is committed to supporting new talent and has selected three artists that are showing exceptional, exciting artworks full of innovation and promise. Abe Pardue is a Harlow resident artist who studied locally. He has recently been commended in our Open 14  for the painting 'Wall'. We hope by giving these newly graduated artists an opportunity to exhibit we can nurture their development as artists whilst also showing visitors new innovative artwork.
Each artist's unique style has been celebrated in this exhibition and we want to offer visitors an opportunity to ask questions about the work and openly engage in discussion around the subjects and processes that have been used. We will be recording questions that have been asked during the exhibition which will then be posed to the artists at our 'Meet the Artists' talk on Saturday 31st at 1pm.


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