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Call for submissions Christmas Exhibition 2017 @ The Upstairs Gallery

Call for submissions
Christmas Exhibition 2017
A Winter's Tale
22nd November - 6th January
The Upstairs Gallery would like to invite artists across the creative disciplines to explore the theme ‘A Winter’s Tale’ We are looking for contemporary and innovative interpretations of the theme, for wall-hung - painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, textiles, photography as well as 3D work. We are also looking for exhibitors for our display cabinets and shelves, suitable for smaller work, e.g.  jewellery, ceramics etc. 

Letchworth Arts Takeover

Join Herts Visual Arts on our stall at the Letchworth Arts take over, Saturday 22nd July 2017.

Are you part of our Affordable Art Fair next week? Are you part of Herts Open Studios 2017? For a chance to spend some time meeting visitors, talking about your work, HVA, the Affordable Art Fair and Open Studios, why not spend a an hour or so at our stall at the Letchworth Arts take over this Saturday 22nd July 2017. Bring your business cards and perhaps some greetings cards or very small items to show off and be ready to talk to visitors.  Hillary (Chair) will be there all day and other members will be popping in during the daytime too.  Get a personal sneak peak of both our new branding and the 2017 Open Studios brochure (to be unveiled properly at our Affordable Art Fair).  HVA are stall #5, near Leys square.

Herts Visual Arts are delighted to be at the Letchworth Arts take over, Saturday 22nd July 2017. Visit our stall to find out all about our events and membership, including the Herts Affordable Art fair at the end of July, Open Studios in September and more.

The first Letchworth Arts Festival will be held on Saturday 22nd July 2017 from 10am to 6pm. There will be various stages around the BID area and in the town centre. Stages will be themed (Theatre, Literacy, Comedy, Poetry, Fashion) and showcase local acts from around Letchworth and the county. Local artists will be encouraged to take up live artwork areas in the town and students will be approached to arrange some sections of the event. The aim is to bring together town centre businesses and Letchworth organisations to help run, book acts and get involved. A wide variety of stall holders and varied street performers will add a great atmosphere to this event.


Harlow Art Trust on behalf of Harlow Health Centres Trust is calling on contemporary artists to apply for a commission to provide a creative and dynamic public artwork for Lister House Health Centre. 

Call for Artists

CALL FOR ARTISTS OPEN. Affordable Sale pop up art exhibitions returns to All Saints Studios. Private View Friday 30th June exhibition Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July 2017. For more information or to apply email

Herts Show - Made in Herts marquee

Herts Visual Arts have a table at the Herts Show this weekend in the Made in Herts Marquee, to promote HVA and our artists.

We can't sell art from the table but we can promote. This also means we have 2 entry tickets for Saturday and 2 for Sunday, as well as a trade car pass (for setting up during the week or arriving before 8.30am on the Sat/Sunday).

I will be setting up my own art stall on Friday from about midday.

A couple of opportunities then: do you have your own promotional materials/business cards you would like to be available for visitors to take? Would you be willing to help perhaps set up/help take down, and be on hand a bit during the day on Sat/Sunday? If you can get your promotional materials to me, or would be willing to help in exchange for one of the free tickets, please get in touch.

Hillary Taylor

Creative Expo @ Herts University


Featuring seminars, live performances, workshops, Q&As and artists' gallery

Herts Visual Arts have a table at this event. If you'd like to come along or leave some business cards with us please contact

Taking place at The Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire on 1st June 2017, this one day event provides the opportunity to exhibit, promote and network with like minded people. From visual arts and the performing arts through to media and creative technologies THE CREATIVE EXPO welcomes a cross section of businesses and organisations from the creative industries to showcase their work.


Advertise in the Herts Open Studios 2017 brochure!

Here's all of the information you need to advertise in the Herts Open Studios brochure this year, click on the blue link above for the PDF form to complete.

Deadline 1st June 2017

Our brochure targetted to the art community locally - so if you'd like to advertise your Gallery, workshops, services, don't miss out!

If you have any queries regarding brochure advertising please do not hesitate to contact us / / 07813 100651

Please return this form to: or Herts Visual Arts, Harpenden Hall, Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1TE 


HERTS OPEN STUDIOS 2017 9th September – 1st October

  •   Nationally, Open Studios is now recognised as an important event in the art calendar.
  •   Now in its 27th year Herts Open Studios is one of the most established OS events in the country.
  •   Open Studios is publicised widely in local and national media, and in arts venues across the county.

    This year our full colour brochure has a new layout with larger adverts at the same price as last year!


  •   An advertisement in a professionally produced brochure with a minimum print run of 15,000
  •   A known, special interest circulation.
  •   The brochure is widely distributed to targeted outlets before and during the event.
  •   A click through link to your business website from the on-line brochure which will be

    available to view and for download from our website. 

Pop up exhibition, St Albans opportunity

7th Affordable Sale Pop Up Art Sale returning to All Saints Studios, St Albans.  Looking for a wide variety of Artists from Painters, Ceramic, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media and Glass.


Open Studios 2017 shared exhibition spaces - full list

Please find below a summary of all of the shared studio/exhibition spaces that we have available. Contact details are on each listing, these are fantastic opportunities! 

*If you know of other spaces, perhaps you have a local venue, please let us know!

Trestle theatre St Albans contact  Elaine.johnson@threerivers.

Artistsmeet Please contact if you are interested!

The Golden Fleece Pub in Braughing and St Andrews Church (St Andrews Street) in Hertford in East Herts. Contact Sue Nicholls

The Upstairs Gallery Berkhamsted contact

The Henderson Hub - Abbots Langley.

An exciting community-led arts project based in the heart of Abbots Langley. It includes a newly created exhibition space and by September there will be a foyer lounge and coffee area. The venue has a great location in the middle of Abbots Langley High Street and for our recent exhibition by local artists we had over 700 visitors over a 2 week period. We are now looking ahead to Open Studios and would like to invite artists to apply to be part of a group exhibition. Unfortunately we are not able to display 3d work.

Please contact

Kingsbury Barn in St Albans

The owners of Kingsbury Barn in St Albans has offered the use of the barn for Open Studios.  This splendid barn could hold perhaps around 10 artists who might be interested in forming a group for Open Studios and take advantage of our OS group pricing. 

You don't have to live in St Albans to take up this offer.

While the barn owners are not specifically asking for payment to use the barn, a donation of £25 per artist to the owners chosen charity (the Samaritans) has been suggested, with perhaps a 15% selling commission fee that would also go to the Samaritans. The barn lends itself to generous space for individual artists, plus the opportunity for a launch event and other marketing opportunities.

The proposal is to set up during the week, from 20th September, and be open to visitors for the final 2 weekends of Open Studios – 23rd/24th September, 30th September/1st October.

If you would like to be part of this fabulous opportunity to use Kingsbury Barn for Open Studios, please get in touch with Ken Haslar as soon as possible.  Ken has kindly offered to be the lead artist and coordinate the event and his email address is  Please register your interest by emailing him and he will set up a time you can visit the barn which is in St Michael's Street.

Clay workshop - Life Drawing Happenings.

Three hours of lightly tutored clay sculpture from Life Model.
Our model will be in the same pose throughout, and your pieces will be kiln fired and returned at a future session.
Clay day is huge fun, no experience needed, and it really does help your drawings massively!
This is usually a popular one, so please let me know you're coming along via the website, Facebook or email
Session costs £25 including clay, firing and awesome biscuits of course.