Pram Town Revisited

Pram Town Revisited Gibberd Gallery

Image Credit: Photograph byJohn McCann – Source Harlow Museum and Walled Garden

Pram Town Revisited

05 November – 03 December 2022, Free admission

Opening Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm Sundays, closed

‘Pram Town Revisited’ is the first solo exhibition for award winning filmmaker and photographer Damilola Lemomu. It opens on Saturday 5 November at the Gibberd Gallery, Harlow.

The Harlow we know today resulted from the Town and Country Planning Act of 1946 which sought to build a number of new towns around London to mitigate the housing crisis that took place after the Second World War, when thousands of families lost their homes. Young families made up a large amount of the demographic that moved to Harlow, at one point 20 percent of Harlow’s population was under 5, earning the town the nickname “Pram Town”.

Pram Town Revisited reviews reasons for migration to Harlow over a 75 year period, starting in 1947 when Harlow was designated a New Town. Providing an audiovisual dive into the lives, memories and opinions of various residents the exhibition features archive material, film, photography and oral history recordings along with a commissioned poem by Gboyega Odubanjo. Gboyega is winner of the 2021 Michael Marks Poetry Award. Archive material featured in the exhibition has been sourced with generous support from Essex Record Office and Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens.

Visitors to the exhibition, who have a connection with Harlow, are invited to bring with them a photograph that speaks of their memories of the town. These will be added to a growing display over the length of the show.

There are free Public workshop programmes:

‘Storytelling through Film and Photography’ led by Damilola Lemomu

12 November 2022, 12.30pm until 2.00pm

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‘Interactive Storytelling’ with Efua Sey Koi-Larbi

19 November 2022, 12.30pm until 2.00pm

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About the artist

Damilola Lemomu (b. 1995) is a visual artist, film director and producer, working across archive, film, photography and sound. Her work addresses intersecting ideas between identity, migration and place. She has an MA in Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths, her graduate film Promised Land received the 2022 Learning on Screen Award, followed by its premiere screening at Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham.

As Resident Artist at Kupfer Gallery, she exhibited Changing Landscapes, an oral history documentary platforming the voices of local community groups in Hackney inviting the viewer to consider the varied iterations of the notion of a “sense of home”.

Damilola’s work as a director, producer and researcher has been screened and exhibited at BFI Film Academy SCENE 2020; Manchester Museum; Hackney Bridge; Dazed Digital Magazine; and the Aesthetica Film Festival, amongst others.

Getting here

The Gibberd Gallery is on the mezzanine floor of Harlow’s Civic Centre, accessible via lift and stairs. We are a 20 minute walk, short taxi ride or ten minute bus ride from Harlow Town Station.

Trains to Harlow Town run every 20 minutes from London Liverpool Street, Tottenham Hale, Stratford and Cambridge train stations.

Nearest parking is The Water Gardens shopping centre.

Supported by the Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund, Harlow Art Trust and the Gibberd Gallery. Additional thanks to: Laura Bracey Curry, Mara Chavez, Catherine Mummery, Gboyega Odubanjo, Kate O’Neill and Efua Sey Koi-Larbi.

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