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TFS Artists exhibit at the Verden Gallery

At their June exhibition T.F.S. Artists, Carol Rogers, Joy Taman, Morag Vangeyzel & Kathy Foster, will be showing richly textural oils, colourful watercolour & mixed media paintings plus ceramic and fun wire sculpture. Also on show will be beautiful hand-crafted jewellery in dichroic glass and semi-precious stones.The exhibition takes place at the Verden Gallery, 1st Floor, West House, West End Lane, Pinner from 10 am-5pm on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th of June. 

Adrian Marden solo show at The Wynd Gallery

HVA member Adrian Marden has a solo show "THINGS to THINK ABOUT “ running from 16th to 23rd June in the Wynd Gallery, Letchworth. [SG6 3EN].
It continues his focus on ecological and social issues, highlighting everyday objects which are linked to questions about the way we live and some of the everyday things we take for granted. 
if you can make it you might find out ..
How much sleep we need ?
Are paper clips interesting ?
Why are there so many homeless people ?
Do we throw away bread ?
Are plastic straws that bad ? 
... and much, much more.
The open day is Saturday 16th June with drinks and nibble from 10.00 until 5.00pm but the show is open all week, including Sunday, until Saturday 23rd 

Art on the Common - Harpenden - this weekend

Herts Visual Arts members are taking part...

Established over 30 years ago, Art on the Common – Harpenden is Hertfordshire’s premier outdoor art event. It is a wonderful location, set on a tree lined section of the Common close to the Town Centre.

Last summer’s two day event in June was a resounding success, with over 45 artists displaying and selling a wide range of works.
The two day event showcases the very best of local art including paintings, ceramics, fine art photography, sculpture, fabrics, jewellery, glass, wood and handmade greeting

When and Where

AOTC 2018 will take place on the weekend of the 9th & 10th June 2018 opening 10.00 - 17.00 Saturday and 11.00 – 17.00 Sunday. On Saturday 9th June it will coincide with Harpenden Summer Carnival.

More info

Art in the Nave 2018

An annual festival of visual arts set in the magnificent church of St Mary's (1140-1180AD) in the historic Old Town of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

8th - 10th June

Cultivate Arts Festival - Harpenden

Thursday 21st  - Sunday 24th June 2018

This summer, Harpenden will host its first festival celebrating the creative arts.

‘Cultivate’ takes place over four days, at a variety of locations across the town, where there will be exhibitions, concerts, art installations, plays, poetry readings, creative workshops and events for everyone to enjoy and get involved in.  A Trail Map is available to help plan your journey so you don’t miss a thing.

Cultivate Arts Festival is the brainchild of John Swain from Harpenden Churches Together, who commented: ‘The idea came from a similar event I’d seen when on holiday. I was excited by the idea of people from across the town coming together to share their enthusiasm for the arts. The theme that runs through all our events is ‘Beauty, Order and Abundance’  - so you’re in for a treat.’

Some of the highlights of the programme include imaginative and exciting installations. 

Enter the world of Narnia as the Methodist church on the High Street is transformed into a wonderland. There will be a promenade performance of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ on Friday evening and two performances on Saturday.


At St John’s church in Southdown, an ambitious art installation will fill the space with colour and ribbons.  Based on the theme of the environment and our place within it, there will be an accompanying programme of inspiring walks, talks, music and wine.

In addition, a variety of art will be on show and on sale throughout the four days at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church in Rothamsted Avenue and at Christ Church in Vaughan Road, with an art demonstration on Saturday afternoon. Try your hand at quilting at Cornelia’s coffee shop on Saturday morning. Come and join the dance performance and workshop at Christ Church on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy Harpenden Choral Society’s concert of sacred music in St Nicholas’ church on Saturday evening. 

As a grand finale to the festival, there will be a music concert for everyone on Sunday evening at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church.

Local artist Rory Browne who is part of the organising team adds: ‘We are thrilled with the variety of events on offer – there is sure to be something for everyone.’

Pick up a Cultivate Trail Map from the library, your local church or at the Harpenden Churches Together stand at the Carnival on Saturday 9th June.

For details of the full programme of events and activities please visit:

Digswell Arts Open Studio

The Forge, Hertford Road, Digswell, AL6 OBU

Private view Friday the 1st June 5-8 pm

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June 2018 11 – 4 pm

Fifteen local artists from Digswell Arts Trust will be opening their studios to the public for the weekend in June 2018, some of them exhibiting for the first time at The Forge. There will be a wide range of new work on show – paintings and drawings, collages and prints, ceramics, textiles and sculpture as well as refreshments and demonstrations. Visitors will also be able to find out about the printmaking facilities and workshops.

Digswell Arts Trust, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017, is an innovative charity that provides studios spaces and support for emerging artists. Current artists have exhibited at the Royal Academy, Mall Galleries, the London Original Print Fair and the Oxo Tower Gallery, have been shortlisted for the Artists and Illustrators Artist of the Year award, been featured in the Sunday Times, and have been awarded residency at the National Trust reserve at Wicken Fen.

The studios will be open between 11 and 4pm on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June 2018. The Forge is situated off Hertford Road opposite St Johns Church of England Primary School – signs will be visible around Digswell village prior to the event. Entry is free, parking is available, and the nearest train station is Welwyn North.

Contact Dave Nelson on 07801236257 or at

For more information visit

Mary Casserley exhibiting 'Early Works' at The Open Door - Berkhamsted

24th May to 5th June 2018 

We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition of Mary's Early Works at the Open Door, 360 High Street Berkhamsted. 
Works will be for sale by silent auction with Mary's beautiful work 'Mother and Child' being auctioned at a special event at 7.30 pm on June 5th at the Open Door Gallery. Come and be part of the action and enjoy the excitement of a live art auction. Refreshments provided.

For more information visit

HVA Big Art Showcase - on now at the New Maynard Gallery

Following from last year’s successful exhibition, Herts Visual Arts are again staging their Big Art Showcase at the New Maynard Gallery to mark the start of their 2018 arts programme.  With more than 50 members taking part, the rich variety of 2D and 3D art also includes work by previous New Maynard Gallery Open Exhibition winners Sarah Poppleton (painter) and ceramicist Elspeth Keith.  

Artists and visitors alike will also be warmly welcomed by gallery trustees and volunteers for a packed and lively Private View evening on 19th April 2018. A huge breadth 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 20th April until 2nd June, the exhibition is open for visitors throughout the week. All work is for sale. Herts Visual Arts members are all artists who live or work in Hertfordshire.

Gallery information here

Herts University workshop

Dreaming: Art Beyond the Gallery

Includes a workshop on Social Dreaming and talk from Chelsea Pettitt, Head of Partnerships, Wysing Arts Centre

UHArts invites you to come, re-think and re-contextualise art outside the gallery. Open to all those interested in art in the public sphere, including art-lovers, students, artists, arts managers and curators.

This talk is part of New Geographies, a project redrawing the map of East England through stories and reflections of overlooked or forgotten places, artists are responding to the map over the next two years following an open call for ideas.

Artists have responded with a wide range of proposals, which could include performance, sound, temporary installation, co-production, community events and performance. Inspired by the range of art practices, we invite you to join us for an afternoon of conversations on what art can be outside the gallery.


3 May 2pm

Art and Design Gallery, College lane, Hatfield

£3, FREE for UH Students


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Living Crafts at Hatfield House

Visit our Herts Visual Arts tent with different members each day. Meet and see demonstrations and artwork. Living Crafts is a must-see event in Hertfordshire, a wonderful few days of creativity and inspiration!

Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th May

On Thursday 10th –

Sarah Crickmore, Ann Trotter, Sabine Reichman, Connie Flynn, Maureen Newell and Vanessa Bryson

On Friday 11th –

Margaret Payne, June Faulkner, Dorienne Carmel, Heather Tobias, Fiona (Mari Stevenson) and Gaye Daniels.

On Saturday 12th –

Hillary Taylor, Laura Dunmow, Toulla Hadijgeriou, Felicity Cooke, Suzy Drake and Samantha Hurley.

On Sunday 13th –

Sharon Korek, Opal Seabrook, Lesley Pollock, Amy Wilson, Judith Moule and Liz Rogers.

Full event information here