Welcome to the Gibberd Gallery a space run by The Harlow Art Trust which is committed to the town’s beautification and cultural heritage in Harlow and Essex its mission is to;
"Develop the Gibberd gallery to become a regional inspirational focus for the visual arts and raise the focus of Harlow and its acclaimed sculpture and permanent watercolour collection"
The Sir Frederick Gibberd watercolour collection is on permanent display in the Gibberd Gallery. All of the paintings were donated to Harlow in 1984. They came from a personal collection of Sir Frederick Gibberd, made over a period of some forty years. His collection had begun in 1935 and was limited by three conditions: the picture had to be by a British artist, the artist must be alive, and the picture should be a water-colour, drawing or print. The limitations that the artist must be British and alive was to encourage young artists. The collection includes works by John Nash, John Piper, Elizabeth Blackadder and Edward Bawden. We are very proud to hold this exceptional collection you can now view the collection by downloading the Permanent Collection App for Apple just search Harlow Art Trust in the AppStore.
Sculpture Collection in Harlow
Over the past fifty years the Harlow Art Trust has built up a remarkable collection of sculpture by some of the foremost names in modern and contemporary art which attracts visitors to Harlow from all over the world. To walk around the centre of Harlow is to experience a large-scale open-air art museum, designated a sculpture town in 2011 and winning the Marsh Prize in the same year. For information on Harlow Art Trust please visit www.harlowarttrust.co.uk.
You can also discover the collection with the free interactive phone and tablet app for Apple and Android. Just search Harlow Sculpture Trail App in your app store for information and images and useful walking and cycling routes.
Program of Exhibition
The gallery also features a flexible exhibition space which is curated throughout the year with a variety of exhibitions showcasing both local and national artists. Highlights include the Annual Open Exhibition, a focus on sculpture as well as shows working with the community. In addition the gallery has a lively mix of events, workshops and talks and tours. Find out more about our 2015 exhibitions by viewing our website.
We can accommodate visits after 4.45pm up until 9.00pm just call to make a specific request.
Special Saturday openings are advertised on the current exhibition page.
Free general admission. Small charge some events
- Coach parties accepted
- Disabled access
- Facilities for educational visits
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Smoking not allowed
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
- is solid
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Has a ramp
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
- From the entrance to reception / ticket area
- To a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Lift equipped with verbal floor announcements
- Lift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
- Contrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
If you have any concerns about access to the building or the gallery please call in advance and we will be happy to answer any questions.
- Ramp to entrance
- Handrail by ramp
- Entrance is well lit
- Automatic door at the main entrance
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Good colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
- Routes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
- Displays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
- Audible alarm system
- Visual alarm system