News & Exhibitions

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Harpenden Arts Club Exhibition

10th – 12th November, 10am – 5pm (to 4pm only on the 12th) at the Harpenden Public Halls. Admission free.


Around fifty artists will be exhibiting new, original artworks in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, mixed media and pencil, as well as ceramics, fused glass and digital art. With works ranging from the abstract and avant-garde, to more traditional and representational, there is truly something for everyone.


The Harpenden Arts Club is increasing in numbers currently and offers a wide-ranging programme of artist demonstrations, studio practice, life drawing sessions and technique workshops from September to May on most Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Harpenden Public Halls. For more information see or phone the Membership Secretary, Peter Brown, on 01582 793174. New members are made very welcome.


Paper, Scissors, Stone @ Obsidian Art

Friday 13 October to 29 October 2017

Janie Graham, Jo Howe, Mark L’Argent, Caroline Lumb, Hillary Taylor

Paper Scissors Stone: the group name, title and original theme for this imaginative and thought-provoking body of work based around interpretations of paper, mixed media, language and more. With very different yet complementary styles of work, a constant theme for all five artists is the re-shaping of paper, narrative and meaning. Books, newspaper, paper and other objects or settings are used to re-interpret both the materials and the world around us 
Free entry & all work is for sale. 

Obsidian Art
Layby Farm (The Bucks Goat Centre), Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks HP22 5XJ.

Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild @ The Upstairs Gallery Berkhamsted

Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild
Exhibition and Sale of Contemporary Ceramics

Tuesday 10th - Saturday 21st October

This, their first exhibition at Upstairs Gallery, will offer a chance to view and buy work from sixteen ceramicists from the Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild. The work on display will demonstrate a wide range of ceramic forms, including hand-built pots and sculptures as well as thrown pottery and a range of different techniques and finishes such as raku and majolica. There will always be one of the potters in the Gallery to answer any questions you might have.

October @ Nude Tin Can Gallery

October Exhibition - New Original Paintings & Sculpture

5 Oct - 31 Oct 2017

This month we introduce a number of artists to the gallery.

Embrace by Margaret Mee @ The Old Town Hall, Hemel

Monday 2 – Friday 27 October

Margaret Mee’s drawings concern power and force, capturing strength as well as the beauty of the human form. Margaret’s starting points vary from the sculptural forms created by bone, muscle and sinew to the raw energy and power of movement. The mediums of Charcoal and Pastel afford fluid and dynamic strokes whilst allowing her to create an almost physical quality in the definition of the figures. Margaret's digital paintings all begin from sketches of performances and explore the dynamism of dance as well as the emotions of the activity.

Open exhibition @ The New Maynard Gallery

The New Maynard Gallery is a community gallery located upstairs at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City. We hold an annual event inviting artists living or working in Hertfordshire to submit artwork to be shown in our Open Exhibition.

October 12, 2017 – November 19, 2017

New exhibition/installation by Connie Flynn

Play Days - Textile installation

Visit NT Rainham Hall, The Broadway, Rainham, Havering, London, RM13 9YN between 30 August to 29 October 2017 to see a new installation by artist Connie Flynn in response to the current exhibition 'Remembering the Day Nursery at Rainham Hall'. 

New Art Exhibition at Rothamsted

There is a new, regularly changing, art exhibition now being shown at Rothamsted in Harpenden! The Harpenden Arts Club (HAC) and staff at the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise (RoCRE) have been working together on a new art initiative to provide a display of HAC members’ artworks to be exhibited for sale in the Rothamsted Conference Centre Restaurant, which is open to the public. 

The Open Door - Berkhamsted workshops

Art and Crafts Workshop Venue from top tutors bought to you by the curators of The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted. 


We are excited to announce our new project at The Open Door, 360-364 High Street, Berkhamsted, where Upstairs will be Downstairs, running workshops, showing artwork and providing a pop-up exhibition space. This is in addition to the main gallery above the Post Office.

We are looking for new volunteers so if you would like to be involved in this new exciting venture in any way, either as an artist or on the admin side or just being part of the team, we would love to hear from you - please email or call in and talk to us.

To see classes currently running

or see their Facebook Page

Herts Visual Arts SPRING Exhibition at New Maynard Gallery

Invited to exhibit at the New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City, some 50 members of Herts Visual Arts contributed to a rich and varied Spring Exhibition of both 2D and 3D art. Amateur and professional artists from all corners of the County came together to bring in their work, including international prize-winning glass artist Teresa Chlapowski, previous New Maynard Gallery Open Exhibition winner ceramicist Elspeth Keith and renowned paper/book artist Janie Graham.