Harlow Festival runs for just over a month beginning this Thursday (23 May).
One of the historical highlights is a free morning of talks to be held on Saturday 25 May at St Paul's Church in the town centre.
'Festival Morning: Stanley Spencer and John Piper'
"Join us to learn about John Piper (1903-1992) and Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) in this Grade II listed building with its imposing John Piper Emmaus Road mosaic on the east wall.
"Free refreshments and cake from 10am.
10.30am. Bishop Steven Cottrell (Bishop of Chelmsford) speaking on Stanley Spencer's paintings. 'Christ in the Wilderness'. He will be signing copies of his book. Spencer was an early modernist painter.
11.45am. Mark Lewis on John Piper (with the backdrop of the Piper mosaic). John Piper was a close friend of John Betjeman, was an official war artist during World War II. He is perhaps most famous for the splendid stained-glass window in Coventry Cathedral. He also designed the windows for Robinson College Cambridge. His skills extended across a wide range of arts.
12.30pm. Questions for both speakers.