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Get arty in the Heart of Harlow

29 September 2017

In the heart of Harlow town, a new collection of artwork will be unveiled in Essex’s biggest artist studio. The open studio weekend coincides with Harlow town’s 70th anniversary celebrations this year.

The Gatehouse Arts Open Studio Weekend will open to the public on the weekend of the 7 to 8 October.

From ceramics to mosaics to glass work and mixed media, there will be a variety of art disciplines exhibited to suit everyone.

Members of the public will have the chance to watch art work being created by local artists, and see areas of the studios which are not always open to the public, including working spaces and the chance to talk to the artists.

Gatehouse Arts is the largest studio in Essex. It provides artistic space for over fifty five artists, including 2d and 3d artist, Jim Brown, ceramics and mosaic artist, Amanda Westbury and mixed media artist, Robert Jones. 

Local Artist, Chris Lewis Smith, will be showcasing his new painting “Yellow Sky” during the weekend.

The Gatehouse Arts Open Studio weekend is part of the annual and countywide Essex Summer of Art Festival, which is organised by the Essex County Council Cultural Development Team.

This is the ninth year of the Summer of Art Festival, and last year, it helped to generate over £1.1 million towards the Essex Economy, and over £50,000 worth of art work was sold to the general public. 

Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Culture, Community and Customer said, “The Summer of Art does many great things: it brings recognition to fantastic local artists, it puts people in touch with their communities in new ways, and it creates connections and opportunities that would otherwise be missed.

“I’m thrilled that Essex County Council can help facilitate the open weekend at the Gatehouse Open Studios in Harlow. I would encourage people to visit the studios and see the variety of art work which has been created by talented local artists.”

For more information visit the Gatehouse Arts Open Studio website or contact