March 2017


Membership Renewals, it’s that time of year

It’s time to sign up again to be part of our busy 2017/18 events and opportunities calendar– exclusively available to Herts Visual Arts Members.

We’re moving more on-line for everything including membership, event signups and newsletters. There will be more news about this as we go through the year, but in the mean-time remember earlybird renewal ends 31st March, so don’t delay.

Remember, you need to be a member to take part in our member-only events, such as the New Maynard Gallery exhibition, Herts Affordable Art Fair and Open Studios. You can find out more about these below.


New Maynard Gallery Exhibition, Welwyn Garden City

Members have a wonderful opportunity to be part of our Herts Visual Arts exhibition at the New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City. This bright and vibrant space is all ours from the end of April to the beginning of June. HVA members can register for this exhibition until 31st March 2017.

Herts Affordable Art Fair, Hitchin

Another group of volunteers have been working hard to put this Affordable Art Fair together for members. The fair will be open to the public during the Hitchin Festival on 29th and 30th July 2017 at the Sun Hotel, Hitchin

Herts Open Studios 2017

Online Registration is now OPEN!

This year our flagship event Herts Open Studios runs from Saturday 9th September to Sunday 1st October 2017. If you’ve been part of Open Studios before, you’ll see some exciting changes, with more emphasis on on-line information, marketing, changes to the hard copy brochure/trail leaflets as well as more support for members and participants. We’ve also listened to feedback about groups and taking part.

The full Open Studios campaign and signup starts in March, and will run until Tuesday 2nd May (the day after the bank holiday). If you renew your HVAF membership before 31st March you’ll be able to take advantage of our early-bird renewal discount.


Members we have a copy of the flyer and Press Release for Call for Artists available for your use here.

Please share amongst your Art friends and across Social Media, we will be sharing from our Facebook page too! 

2017 Herts Open Studios Fees (once HVA membership is complete)

We’ve also listened to feedback about groups and our new price structure for this year makes it even easier to take part.

Solo Artist: £90

Lead Artist in a group: £90

Additional Artist in a group: £40

Please note that if you are planning to do Open Studios in a group, all group members must both be HVA members and also signed up for Open Studios.


We would like to be clear that for 2017, we are undecided as to whether we will produce the brochure in the previous format. We are focusing on providing the most publicity in a cost effective way for the entire event, considering print costs, distribution and other factors moving forward. There will be print media - and we will keep you up to date with all of the developments.


Creative Genie

This month is our time of year for membership renewals and Open Studios applications! 

With that in mind, and an already packed newsletter for you, I'm planning next month to give you all of the information you need to make Twitter work for you as an Artist. Our marketing is taking shape for the year, and to make it really effective, we would like to show you how to do it too. We'll be Tweeting during Open Studios, and with volunteer Sally Taylor tweeting your Artists Gallery pages now - we'd love more of you to Tweet to and get involved! 


In the meantime...


This is a PRIVATE group for Herts Visual Arts members. A space for you to connect with each other, share ideas, collaborate, discuss HVA things between us, away from the main Facebook page.

Here's a link to the group. Simply request to join, we'll check you're a paid up member, and let you in! Once you've joined, please go ahead and say hello, perhaps share a link to your Facebook page so that we can follow you. It's a friendly space, so feel free to ask any questions you may have or share ideas. The HVA team are Admins in the group and there to help.

Please remember this group is for members only - so if you would like to share your work or any general publicity, please do that on our main page, as it has a much wider audience! We keep this group for the behind-the-scenes sharing.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Have a great month!

Kelly Pedlar

Creative Genie

Membership Renewals

Online Membership renewals

This year, we have decided to move forward without creating a paper mail out for membership renewals. We hope you support this decision, it saves us vast amounts of time and costs, allowing the team to focus on events, publicity, and creating a great year ahead!

We are here to support you, so any issues with online renewals, please get in touch with us!


Who can join Herts Visual Arts?

We welcome artists of all types. Sculptors, Painters, Glassworkers, Photographers and more. There are no minimum requirements, simply a desire to show your work and get involved! We welcome students too.

Why join Herts Visual Arts?

Many of our Artists join simply to take part in Open Studios each year - but you get much more than that for your membership!

*Entry to Open Studios is not included in the cost of membership


  • 1st of each month with the latest Opportunities, and Exhibition listings across Hertfordshire.
  • Promote your workshops, classes, exhibitions.
  • Includes articles from your Open Studios Project Manager, Lucinda, on Open Studios.
  • Marketing tips for Artists and HVA members from our Marketing Co-ordinator - showing you how to get the best from your social media.
  • The latest news and developments from our Vice Chair - keeping you up to date with exciting new changes.
  • We welcome your articles and news too! Just send it over before the 20th of each month for inclusion.

 New Herts Visual Arts website 

We've invested in our website for the future, so it's now social media friendly, and viewable on all devices. 

  • Herts Visual Arts Gallery page with space for 15 images FREE
  • Social Media links
  • Artists bio
  • Links to your own website
  • Your Gallery page, and our website mean that whether you have your own website or not - you'll be very easy to find on the internet, with most of our Artists appearing towards the top of Google searches via
  • Be included in our incredible database of Herts Artists!

Network, collaborate, be part of our thriving Creative community!

Social Media

  • Herts Visual Arts Facebook page, where we promote our events to the public with video, sponsored adverts
  • PRIVATE Facebook group for members only. Networking, ideas, and members to connect.
  • Twitter - you'll find a little community of us over on Twitter - tweeting as @HVAF, especially during hertshour