December 2017

News & 2017 round up

Season’s Greetings and best wishes for the New Year 2018.
Welcome to our year-end newsletter with a mini-round up of 2017 and a sneak peak of some of the amazing things lined up so far for 2018. It’s been a privilege to be Chair since our summer AGM and over the last 12 months I’ve met many of our members who have so generously shared their time and ideas with me.  If you’d like to chat, either email me on and/or come along to one of our events/meet-ups in 2018.

Collaboration, supporting members on their individual journeys and sharing even more growth opportunities all underpin an exciting year ahead for HVAF members.  Our theme for 2018 is growth, starting with our January Members Conference.  There’s more information and an RSVP button later in the newsletter.  

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank-you to the many volunteers who have worked tirelessly to deliver all the fun and success we had in 2017. Please join me in saying thank-you; we wouldn’t be here without all the time and hard work they put into our activities.


2017 Round-up
In addition to numerous other meet-ups,
the big rocks of 2017 were:

January 2017 Members Meeting:  Our amazing members meeting started 2017 with a bang, bringing over 40 members, their ideas and skills together on the theme of Moving Forward. It proved a catalyst for so many good things, including our summer art fair in Hitchin and changes to Open Studios, branding and communications. 

New Maynard Gallery (NMG) Spring Exhibition:  Around 50 members took advantage of this free opportunity to exhibit their work. The NMG Trustees were delighted by the range and quality onshow - awonderful wide selection of 2D and 3D work that resulted in some sales too. We’ve now been offered an annual Spring Exhibition slot.

Living Crafts Hatfield:  We enjoyed 4 days with a great selection of art forms on show.

Herts Show: We promoted HVAF with a space in the Made in Herts Marquee

July Art Fair (Hitchin) 28th-30th July 2017: From an idea at our January meeting, this new event was busy from the Friday PV until after closing time on the Sunday.  In total there were almost £7,500 in sales for our participating artists and we’ve had such good feedback that we’re already planning another one.

Open Studios 9th September – 1st October 2017: Individual artist fees were reduced alongside a significant change in group pricing, resulting in more artists taking part than 2016. Following on from our January members meeting we also introduced a new-format brochure, increased advertising, shared branding elements and broader social media publicity.  Feedback from our surveys is very positive, we have ideas for further improvements in 2018 and always welcome more feedback and suggestions.

2018 is looking a great year for HVA

2018 is on its way
Building on last year’s success, we have some big-ticket events in addition to our numerous other opportunities and get-togethers.

January 2018 Members Conference:  Monday 15th January, 10am-2pm for a fun-filled workshop- and activity-based day. 

New Maynard Gallery: Open to all HVAF members, handing in day is 16th April, Private View 19th April, take-down 3rd June.  Look out for full details and booking forms in the New Year.

Living Crafts Hatfield:  we hope to be part of this again 10th-13th May 2018, subject to confirmation with the organisers.

Herts Show: HVAF hope to be in the Made In Herts marquee again – details will be confirmed in early 2018.

Summer Art Fair: A new venue for 2018 - we have booked the large bright and airy Hitchin Town Hall, again during the Hitchin Festival.  Hanging and Private view Friday View Friday 13th July, Art Fair Saturday and Sunday 14th, 15th July. Look out for full details and booking forms in the New Year.

Open Studios 2018: 10th September to 30th September, building on the success and group opportunities of 2017, look out for further information from January 2018. The brochure launch will again be at our summer art fair event.  Let us know if you organise any other art exhibitions or events after mid-July so that we can get OS brochures to you

January members meeting

January 2018 Members Conference:  
Monday 15th January, 10am-2pm

A fun-filled workshop- and activity-based day. Building on last year’s success, our 2018 theme is growth – how HVAF can support you as an individual artist to grow and develop to suit your personal journey.  

Plus we’ll have a guest speaker from Creative Hertfordshire. This year’s venue is the lovely Mid Herts Centre for Music & Arts, Birchwood Avenue, Hatfield AL10 0PS. 
Full details to follow, RSVP to