Sculpture Town Artist In Residence

Sam Padfield is is the current Sculpture Town Artist in Residence (STAIR).

Throughout the 1950s and 60s Harlow Art Trust gave artists just out of art school opportunities to create permanent public artworks for Harlow New Town. It is because they took such risks that we have works like Ralph Brown’s Grade II listed Meat Porters today. To continue this legacy, we work in partnership with the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Pearson Education Publishing to award one graduating RCA sculpture student a 12-month residency.

The artist is given a studio in the town centre, and bursaries for materials, travel and subsistence to support them to continue making, exploring and developing after graduation. They are given the opportunity to gain skills and experience working in education settings by running their own workshops, including with young people, in schools and colleges and online. At the end of the year’s residency, the artist has a solo exhibition in Harlow, and a piece of work made during the residency is donated to Harlow Sculpture Town, creating a new collection of contemporary sculpture for the town. Previous recipients have been Finn Thompson (16/17), Paloma Proudfoot (17/18), Camille Yvert (18/19), Meriel Clarke (19/20)  Romane Courdacher (20/21) and Sam Padfield (21/22).

Camille Yvert

Camille Yvert at the opening of her exhibition How I Naturally Improve in 2019