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Herts Visual Arts Big Showcase 2019 - Call for Artists

Register now to secure your place in our amazing Showcase
Registration is now open: please book as soon as possible to secure your place - it's as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Renew your membership for 2019/2020
  2. Register for the Showcase
  3. Complete a list of works promptly when asked

With space for about 60-70 members at the New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City, we will prioritise new members and those doing Open Studios if we are over-subscribed. 

* If you would like your work to be considered for event publicity, please send a high resolution image as soon as possible to chair@hvaf.org.uk
Key dates:

  • Monday 8th April 10am: handing in (hanging begins immediately)
  • Thursday 11th April 8-9.30 pm: Private View
  • Friday 12th April: Showcase exhibition open to the public
  • Saturday 1st June: Showcase exhibition last day
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 10am: artists collect unsold work

There is no fee to exhibit but a 25% commission for any work sold will go to the gallery.
Don’t forget, you’ll need to renew your membership first, if you haven’t already.


Application guidelines are available as PDF below

Herts Visual Arts Big Art Fair 2019 - Call for Artists

Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street, SG5 1HX

Saturday 10am–6pm Sunday 10am-4pm Open to the public Free admission.

Following last year’s great success, Herts Visual Arts is again holding a Big Art Fair during the bustling annual Hitchin Festival. The exhibition is open to all artists, artisans and designer makers who are paid up 2019/20 members of HVA, on a first come first served basis. Space is limited to a mix of about sixty artists displaying their artwork on either 2m square professional display panels or 6ft tables ranged around the impressive main room at Hitchin Town Hall. It pays to register promptly to secure a place at this popular event.

Artists’ Set Up: Friday 12th July, followed by PREVIEW NIGHT at 7pm.

Artist + 1 guest free admission to Preview Night, others £2 each at door.

There will be Sponsors’ Awards, Complimentary Drinks & Nibbles.


2 metre square white DISPLAY PANEL £65

2 metre TABLE SPACE (artist’s own 6ft table) £55

HVA-supplied TABLE add £5

6ft x 2ft GRIDWALL PANEL hire add £5 each


Online Registration opens 1 st March and closes 31st March. Successful applicants will be advised by email between 8th and 21st April, with FULL PAYMENT required within 2 weeks, otherwise that place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.

What is included in my entry fee? - sales handling at the sales desk (credit card payments subject to small credit card handling fee) - bubble wrap/tape and/or bags/carrier bags - use of screens or space as described above - 2 free tickets to the Preview Evening. (For other visitors, admission £2 each at the door). - entry into the ‘Visitors Vote’ over the weekend (certificate as a prize) - inclusion in the Sponsors Choice awards decided by our sponsors at the PV (certificate as prize) - payment for sold work during August, direct to your nominated bank account - entry in Big Art Fair mini-brochure, given to all visitors while stock last - downloadable promotional materials for your personal use - targeted press coverage HVA members

Application form 

Herts Visual Arts 2019 Big Art Showcase at the New Maynard Gallery - PRESS RELEASE

25th April 2019                                                                                                                        

Herts Visual Arts 2019 Big Art Showcase at the New Maynard Gallery

Herts Visual Arts are again staging their Big Art Showcase at the New Maynard Gallery to mark the start of their 2019 arts programme.  As always, our Showcase will include a rich variety of 2D and 3D art produces by talented artists from around Hertfordshire.  

Artists and visitors alike will also be warmly welcomed by gallery trustees and volunteers for a packed and lively Private View evening on Thursday 11th April 2019. A huge range of techniques and subject matter across the Showcase includes paintings, prints, textiles, glass, drawing, ceramics, jewellery and much more filling the walls and cabinets with a wealth of colour and style. 

Running from 12th April until 1st June, the exhibition is open for visitors throughout the week.  Almost all work is for sale. Herts Visual Arts members are all artists who live or work in Hertfordshire.

“I would again like to personally like to thank the New Maynard Gallery Trustees and volunteers for welcoming Herts Visual Arts into this amazing space” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “We know our Big Art Showcase will be set out with professionalism, care and skill, showing our members work off to its very best.”

More information about the exhibition can be found here:

-        https://newmaynardgallery.co.uk/

-        https://www.facebook.com/events/181247402507000/

-        https://herts-visual-arts-2019-big-art-showcase.eventbrite.co.uk




Further information:

Herts Visual Arts is the Hertfordshire-wide not-for-profit organisation for visual artists.  Run by and for members, HVAF supports artists and makers around Hertfordshire. An annual programme includes members meetings, exhibitions, Art Showcases, the Big Art Fair and Herts Open Studios.

www.hvaf.org.uk ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’

12th April-1st June 2019:  Herts Visual Arts Big Art Showcase, New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City,  AL8 6BX  A rich mix of creativity and skill on show for this annual Herts Visual Arts member’s Big Art Showcase, with 59 Hertfordshire artists and artisan makers taking part. First in a series of annual member-led events, a visual feast awaits gallery visitors with a wide range of paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media and more on display. All work is for sale. Herts Visual Arts members are all artists who live or work in Hertfordshire.

13th-14th July 2019: Herts Visual Arts Big Art Fair.  Following on from the success of our previous summer events during the Hitchin Festival, we’re delighted to bring the Big Art Fair back to Hitchin during this year’s festival.  Art by over 50 2D and 3D talented Hertfordshire artists, artisans and makers will be on display at Hitchin Town Hall.  All work will be for sale, with opportunities to meet the artists.  Please get in touch if you would like an invitation to our Preview Evening on Friday 12th July that will feature/launch the 2019 Herts Open Studios Brochure.  Sponsorship opportunities also available.

7th-29th September: Herts Open Studios 2019

Registration for Open Studios starts in March and is open until the end of April.

Herts Open Studios is Herts Visual Arts annual flagship event, when artists open their doors to visitors. Details of participating venues and artists will be available on line and in print from summer 2019, with brochure launch at the Big Art Fair.


Twitter: @HVAF #HertsOpenStudios #BigArtShowcase

Facebook: @HertsVisualArts

Press Release by Hillary Taylor chair@hvaf.org.uk

Tel: 07939 478 466

Longer feature articles and additional images also available