July/August 2016

Herts Open Studios 2016

The brochures have arrived and are with area co-ordinators.  I hope you like them!  An on-line version is available on the website.  Brochures will be available from the usual locations, but if you would like me to send you a copy please let me have your name and address and I will put one in the post to you.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is working on an exciting collaborative project to place locally produced art on view in the Trust's buildings. The project sources, buys and frames art by people who have a lived experience of mental health and specialist learning disability services.


With the website launch imminent, and Open Studios happening - we have an opportunity to really create some momentum and change. We have put together a social media strategy for everyone to make use of during Open Studios. 


Work by HVA Members, Dawn DominicHazel Godfrey and Paul Rowbottom can be found this July/August in the grounds of the Knebworth Garden Sculpture Trail.  Led by Sharon Korek, the HVA tent at Living Crafts 2016 took on a new format this year.  Our St. Albans & Harpenden groups represent HVA at the Alban Festival and Larks in the Parks activities, and the Textile Group prepares for its forthcoming exhibition at Hertford Theatre.

Creative Digest

In this, my final article for the HVA Newsletter, I reflect on the past four years or so of life as an artist. I began writing for the newsletter back in February 2012, shortly after embarking on my career as a full time artist. What advice would I have offered to myself back then? Is there anything I would have done differently? What tips or help would I offer to someone in that position now?