Dear members, after 7 years as chair of HVA I have decided that it is time for me to step down in favour of someone with a new approach, perhaps a practising artist, a collector or just someone with a different experience and contacts.

I plan to step down at the next AGM, my seventh, in June 2017, to give a reasonable amount of time to find a successor. I hope that one of the members will want to take on the role, but I hope you will all think about your contacts, and encourage anyone with the interest to apply, whether a member or not. 

I have enjoyed my involvement over the years, and would especially like to thank now all those who have served on the Organising Group, and as Open Studios coordinators or in other roles and who have been interesting and stimulating company. 

With best wishes for the New Year.