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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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




Exhibition runs from: SUNDAY 6TH MAY-SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2018

Opening Hours are from 10-5pm daily. (Sunday 2-5)

Demonstrations will take place on: Tuesday, 8th Thursday 10th and Saturday 12th May

Membership of the Group may have changed in those years but whenever the Group exhibit, the fresh and exciting work on display shows a constant dynamic.

The Octavia Art Group includes Artists working in various media, a wildlife photographer, a potter and a jeweller working in rainbow-hued dichroic glass and semi-precious stones.


OUR GUEST ARTIST THIS YEAR IS KAY HORSFIELD, Painter & Printmaker. Kay loves colour, pattern and design.  She is particularly interested in landscapes and natural forms and produces work which is expressive and lively. 



Earthday exhibition

22nd April - 20th May 

Exhibition for Earthday 2018 by Herts Artist Network featuring HVA members @ Mill Green Museum, Hertford.

Hertford Theatre exhibition

HVAF Member Fiona Stevenson’s solo show

From There to Now

Opens at Hertford Theatre opens at Hertford Theatre on 27th March 2018 and runs for 4 weeks until 22nd April.

Silk painting exhibition at the Radlett Centre

SILK painter Jane Harrison is once again holding a solo exhibition of her work.

Her unique silk paintings, ties and scarves, will be on show and to buy at the Radlett Centre.

The Radlett Centre is in Aldenham Ave, Radlett WD7 8HL and is open during the day, 10am – 4pm  and in the evening during various performances. Tel No: 01923 857546.

The exhibition runs from April 7 – 28.