Harlow Art and the New Town.
- Client: Essex County Council Public Art Team and Regeneration Team, Harlow Council and Harlow Renaissance
- Local Planning Authority: Harlow
- Location: Harlow Town Centre, Essex.
Lead artist, Roman Vasseur worked for two years as a member of the development team for Harlow Town Centre North. He was involved in the process of selecting the developers and commenting on the masterplan.
Harlow has one of the largest collections of public sculpture of any British town and the aim of the project was to produce a Public Art Strategy for the development, to build on this heritage. As part of this process the artist created a Temporary gallery located in Market Square, clad in a series of designs produced collaboratively, referencing current and past architectures in the town. It acted as a temporary exhibition space for a variety of artists' projects.
This programme entitled ‘Art and the New Town’ also included public discussions and performances in St Pauls Church. Artists included Amanda Beech, Wayne Lloyd and the Serendipity Group.
This temporary project helped to foster links with community groups and demonstrated an appetite for contemporary art in Harlow. The Harlow Art Strategy Group, whose members represent the key arts organisations in the town, was formed to oversee the project and continues to provide a forum for discussion.