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2016 marks the fiftieth year since Sir George Kao revolutionised the way we communicate by inventing fibre optic communications in a Harlow research centre, later being awarded a Nobel prize for his discovery. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, the Gibberd Gallery will open its doors to a new exhibition 'Arts Means Business', showcasing past, present and future capabilities of business in Harlow and the local area.

Being headquartered in Harlow, Astro are proud of the town's achievements and delighted by the continuous investment into enterprise within the local area. As such, we were thrilled to be chosen as one of three businesses to participate in the exhibition recognised for our innovative and creative ethos.

The exhibition aims to reflect some of the art and business success stories within Harlow, whilst promoting the town as a number one business location. As part of our involvement with the exhibition, we have worked with exceptional local artist Valerie Inns to create a piece of art that captures the essence of our business.

Valerie has both lived and worked in industry within the local area of Harlow. Her art practice doesn't rely on traditional mediums such as paint, but rather uses a variety of materials found around us to create, build and make inspiring pieces.

"I make, draw and print. These activities all inter-relate and feed upon each other. Materials and their potential eloquence are the foundation of my work. I collect materials, many are from the natural world." - Valerie Inns

Val is able to work on a diverse range of art projects, mostly site-specific which are funded through the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and local authorities. We felt strongly that Val would be a great artist to collaborate with for the Arts Means Business exhibition and are very much looking forward to viewing the final piece of art that Val has created.

The Arts Means Business exhibition will open 6th October and run through to 17th December, open Mon - Fri 9am - 4.45pm, Saturday openings 15th October, 19th November and 17th December.

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