Gibberd Gallery – Illusions

Young Curators are inviting teachers and students to submit work for an open exhibition on the theme of illusions

Download the open call below:

Illusions Exhibition teacher info v2

Press Release: Young Curators – Illusions Exhibition

The Young Curators invite you to the Illusions exhibition, a group exhibition by schools across Hertfordshire and Essex and curated by the Young Curators. The exhibition will be held in the Gibberd Gallery from the 22nd May – 20th July 2019. Join us for the opening event on the 21st May 2019, 6pm-7.30pm

Young Curators are a motivated group of 14 – 19 year olds, curating exhibitions with local artists and organisations to empower young people to develop skills and gain experience in the creative industries.

The Young Curators meet on a Tuesday evening to participate in creative activities that will eventually lead to their Silver Arts Award.

Artists, primary and secondary schools from around the area were asked to submit pieces of artwork that link to the theme of ‘illusions’. This work will be displayed to view at the exhibition for the public to enjoy.

The Young Curators have previously attended a print workshop at Parndon Mill with Liz Boast and Kirsten Wilson. At the workshop they created some dry point etchings that linked to the theme of Illusions. As well as dry point etchings, the Young Curators also took some photos inspired by Open Open, the current exhibition at The Gibberd Gallery. These works will be included in Illusions.

We hope many people from Harlow and the surrounding areas will enjoy this exhibition, which will be a great opportunity for young artists and curators to develop their ability and grow in confidence. Thanks to The Young Curators programme and the Gibberd Gallery who work hard to put together these events. We would also like to thank everyone who submitted their amazing work into this exhibition.


Download a PDF of the press release, below:

Young Curators ILLUSIONS Press release


Download a PDF of the invitation below:

young curators private view invite – final version

Ready to welcome the public to the Private View!

Young Curators showing Cllr Mark Ingall, Leader of the Council around the exhibition.

Some of the public comments:

‘The Young Curators are very polite and helpful. The speech was excellent. Thank you.’

‘Imaginative, great draughtsmanship. Very good perspective.’

‘I have always enjoyed optical illusions and it was great to talk about how they were created.’

Some responses to ‘What did the exhibition make you think and feel?’ :

‘Impressed by skill of the young artists’

– ‘That there are talented students going through Harlow schools’

– ‘Some of it blew my mind!’

– ‘Community and proud’