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Sponsorship for the Big Art Fair 2018

Saturday July 14th and Sunday July 15th. Private View on Friday July 13th at 7:30pm.

Following on from the success of last year’s Art Fair during the Hitchin Festival, where members of HVAF (Herts Visual Arts Forum) sold almost £7500 of fabulous art, we are delighted to be back in Hitchin, again during the Festival.

This year we will be at a new building, Hitchin’s Town Hall, a big and bright venue which will hold more artists and more space!

The doors will open to this year’s Big Art Fair on 14th July for two days. Tea and coffee will be available at the Town Hall, and there will be a sales desk to handle art purchases and any queries you may have about our membership organisation.

At the private view, on the Friday night, specially invited guests will be able to meet the artists taking part and our sponsors and supporters will be able to enjoy a relaxed, cultural evening with a glass of wine.

Over the exhibition weekend, there will be opportunities to meet the artists, find out more about the county wide organisation promoting and supporting the arts in Hertfordshire, and attend our Private View (booking essential).

We hope you will join with us in celebrating exceptional art in Hertfordshire at our Big Art Fair.

We already have over 40 artists booked to exhibit their work over the weekend of 14th/15th July at the Town Hall in  Hitchin, as part of the Hitchin Festival. We will be producing a vibrant and exciting exhibition of local Herts based artists, and we are now looking at broadening the opportunity to companies who would like to be associated with us.

Included in your sponsorship are:

  • A link from your logo on our website home page
  • Attendance of the Private View on Friday evening on 13th July
  • Your own ‘Sponsors Favourite’ award which will include a printed certificate with your logo on to give to the winning artist
  • Mentions in our social media campaign in the run up to the event
  • PR activity before, during and after the event
  • Your logo in our event program.


And all of this for only £100

We are selecting just a few companies to join us in making this a hugely successful event.

If you decide to go ahead, all you need to do is send me a confirmation email and forward your logo for inclusion in the mix – a high resolution version for the print and a JPG or GIF for the website and social media. We also need your web address, your twitter/Facebook handles too would be useful, so we can include you in our social media activity.


Call for Artists - Courtyard Open

Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition 2018

Tues 10th – Sat 28th April 2018, Courtyard Arts Gallery

Artists are warmly invited to submit work to be considered for selection for the 2018 Open, a highlight of our exhibition calendar.

Submissions will be assessed by a panel of independent judges, with a Best in Show prize of £200 and awards for Highly Commended works.

Conditions of Entry

Entry Form

Up to three works per artist may be submitted in any medium; 2D and 3D works accepted.

Work to be submitted Tues 3rd & Weds 4th April, 10am – 4pm.

A Private View and prize-giving event will be held on Tues 10th April at 7pm.

More information

Call for Artists! 2018 Herts Visual Arts Big Art Fair now taking expressions of interest

Following on from the success of last year’s Art Fair during the Hitchin Festival, where our members sold almost £7500 of fabulous art, we are delighted to be back in Hitchin, again during the Festival.
This year we’ll be at Hitchin Town Hall – a bigger, brighter venue - with better stands and other improvements.
Remember, you must be a member to take part in this fantastic opportunity. 
This year’s Big Art Fair is open 14th-15th July, with set-up and Private View on Friday 13th.
For the next week, until Wednesday 28th February we are taking initial expressions of interest as a first step towards formal bookings.  Remember that places last year were fully subscribed within 12 hours (yes, 12 hours). Final number of available spaces, fees and other details will be confirmed as planning progresses.
Don’t forget, you’ll need to renew your membership if you haven’t already
If you would like to be part of our Big Art Fair, please go to https://interest-big-art-fair-2018.eventbrite.co.uk  straight away to reserve your space.

Call for Artists - members only - at Living Crafts, Hatfield

*Update* We are almost fully booked, and will be operating a waiting list. Thanks for such a great response!

Once again we have been invited to take part in the prestigious Living Crafts event at Hatfield House.
The dates are Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th May 2018.
We can have up to 6 artists on each day, so up to 24 in total. 
The organisers like us to have a variety of art on each day and artists are required to demonstrate their art/technique to visitors as appropriate.
There is no fee for taking part (regular exhibitors pay significant fees) but a 15% commission on sales is payable.
If you would like to take part in this fantastic event please contact Sharon by email  Blossomglassworks@gmail.com
Stating your name, art medium, and your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of day to attend.
Allocation will be on a first come first served basis.
Look forward to hearing from you, don't forget you'll need to renew your membership if you haven't already!  

Call for Artists - members only - The Big Art Showcase @ New Maynard Gallery


The New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City were delighted by our exhibition last year and have invited us to an annual spot to showcase our members’ creativity.

This bright and vibrant space is ours from the end of April to early June, with a Private View on 19th April 2018
Registration is open now and will run until 13th April 2018, but please book as soon as possible, because there are no more than 70 places. We will need to prioritise new members and those intending to do Open Studios if we are over-subscribed.
There is no fee to exhibit but a 25% commission for any work sold will go to the gallery.
If you would like to be part of this great opportunity to showcase your work, please go to https://hvaf-big-art-showcase-2018.eventbrite.co.uk straight away to book your space.
Don’t forget, you’ll need to renew your membership, if you haven’t already.



We are delighted to announce the call for artists for the return of this very popular event.

Space for hire

Is there anyone out there who might be interested in renting a space in the Youth & Community Centre in Bushey. (12 Falconer Road, Bushey WD23 3 AD). The space has become available recently and it would be suitable for workshops, meetings, art and craft fairs etc. ( there might even be some space for individual studios ) The centre has always been run on  “ not - for profit basis” If you are interested please contact Carey on  07791682604 

For sale - art glass and cabinet

Judith Menges - Glass Art Designs

For sale: All for sale especially to new glass artists for very little money..

Float Glass - all sizes cut and edges sanded. Squares, Rectangles, Round

Display  cabinet - 300 x 300 x 657 mm high (5 shelves & a light)

Plowden & Thompson UK  - Glass Frits all colours... COE 93 


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