News & Exhibitions

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The Harpenden Arts Club 60th Annual Art Exhibition

The Harpenden Arts Club 60th Annual Art Exhibition promises to be a sparkling event this year – around 60 artists will be exhibiting more than 260 new, original artworks in a wide variety of media. With subjects ranging from the abstract and impressionistic, to traditional and representational, it is a must for art lovers and collectors alike.

Exhibitions at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

Life Drawing Happenings/Herts Open Studios exhibition     

An exciting exhibition of Life Drawings made by the Herts Open Studios group of over 20 artists from regular Hemel and Berkhamsted sessions. Sessions for beginners and improvers are held in The Old Town Hall Cellar Club, run by Kelly Pedlar. Life Drawing Happenings have been running for almost 10 years, taking part in Herts Open Studios is a wonderful way to exhibit and celebrate!

Monday 3rd September – Monday 1st October

The Old Tower     

By Sharon Axcell and Stephen Hill

A unique collaboration between local screenwriter Sharon Axcell, graphic illustrator Stephen Hill (Hilly) and the Old Town Hall, The Old Tower is a graphic novel experience set in dystopian 2131. Following global warming and the religious conflicts of 2027, Earth’s waters now engulf the enduring lone Old Town Hall tower. One man finds hope for salvation in his time-travel invention, but things go badly wrong…

Monday 1st October – Monday 3rd December

Guided Sculpture Walk at Herts University (free)

This walk introduces the 12 outdoor sculptures located on College Lane Campus

1 January 2017 - 28 February 2018

First Monday of each month at 1pm


Our Sculpture Walk encourages you to take a new walk around the campus, paying attention to objects that you may have passed by.

The University of Hertfordshire Art Collection features 500 artworks displayed across its campuses. Hosted by UH Art Collection, UH Arts, this walk introduces the 12 outdoor sculptures located on College Lane Campus.

The Sculpture Walk presents an eclectic group of works which map the changing characteristics of British Sculpture since the 1950s. You will encounter an abstract stone sculpture by the iconic Barbara Hepworth, a bronze torso by Henry Moore’s pupil John Farnham and a bespoke wall relief map by Trevor Tennant. The trail reveals Land Art by Andy Goldsworthy, as well as sound sculpture, interactive sculpture, assemblages and intervention into the landscape.

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.

Gallery 32

Gallery 32 is a new gallery in Fleetville, St. Albans. It is located in the Vintage Emporium on the Hatfield Road. 

Postcards from Shetland

HVA Member Connie Flynn records her experiences whilst studying for a Contemporary Textiles (hons) degree in Shetland via a monthly 'Postcard' ... the latest postcard appears at the top of the article.