Big Art Fair - Press release


8th May 2018                                                                                                                                                      

Herts Visual Arts Celebrates with a Big Art Fair for the second year running

Following the highly successful launch of a new Art Fair for Hertfordshire in 2017, Herts Visual Arts (HVA) is back with their Big Art Fair for a second year during the ever-popular Hitchin Festival.  Run by and for HVA members: artists and designer-makers from across Hertfordshire will display their work at the newly refurbished Hitchin Town Hall Saturday and Sunday July 14th and 15th.  Open to the public from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday, a number of exhibitors will be at the Fair during the weekend, offering unique opportunities to meet the artists themselves.

Even bigger than last year’s event, the 2018 Big Art Fair features almost 60 2D and 3D artists and artisans. Catering for every taste, an exciting and enticing array of paintings, mixed media, printing, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, glass and more awaits visitors - all for sale. With options from greetings cards to larger statement pieces, original unique art alongside limited editions, there’s something for every pocket – a range of prices that won’t break the bank.

An exclusive Private View for Artists, Sponsors and invited guests in the evening of Friday 13th July will feature Sponsor’s Favourite Award presentations and also the 2018 Herts Open Studios Brochure Launch.  If you would like an invitation, please do get in touch. HVA welcomes further enquiries from potential sponsors.

New for this year is the ‘Visitors Vote’ award with a certificate going to the exhibitor whose nominated piece gets the most votes from visitors to the Big Art Fair.

HVA members Sharon Korek, Sandy Andrews, Laura Dunmow, David Harris and Sally Taylor have again been meeting regularly to plan details of this year’s event. "After the success of last year’s event, North Hertfordshire seemed ideal to again showcase the sheer variety of skills and creativity in our membership” explains Sally, a textile artist and illustrator, "This new venue is well matched to our expanded Art Fair, again taking advantage of the Hitchin Festival which always attracts so many visitors."

With the marketing put together by representational artist Laura and the display stands managed by visual artist Sandy, the second Fair again looks set to recreate the amazing atmosphere and excitement of 2017.

"We were just delighted by last year’s event, which prompted even more members to take part this year", HVA Chair Hillary Taylor confirms, "we have such a talented and committed group of HVA members who create and repeat events like this to bring an amazing and even wider range of art to the forefront and benefit our members too.” ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’




Herts Visual Arts is the largest county-wide volunteer run organisation for amateur and professional artists and makers in Hertfordshire. An annual programme includes members meetings, exhibitions, Art Showcases, the Big Art Fair and Herts Open Studios.

Many join simply to be part in Open Studios each year – but there is so much more to the excellent value annual membership (currently just £40 per year, with senior and school/FTE concessions available). *Registration for Open Studios is not included in the cost of membership.

Benefits of annual membership include a gallery on the HVA website, social media promotion across HVA platforms and a PRIVATE Facebook group to connect with other members. There’s also access to opportunities and a full annual programme of meetings and events, just for members. A monthly newsletter includes news, opportunities and exhibitions across Hertfordshire, as well as hints, tips and articles on Open Studios, marketing and more. Members can also promote their workshops, classes, exhibitions and publications and contribute to the newsletter itself.

A special school (art/design department) free of charge membership keeps local schools in touch with the arts and can help support Artsmark or other initiatives. Registered schools receive the newsletter and access to opportunities and teachers/pupils can attend talks free of charge.  *Registration for Open Studios is not included in membership, and full membership must be taken out to take part in Open Studios.

20th April – 2nd June:  Herts Visual Arts Big Art Showcase, New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City,  AL8 6BX  A rich mix of creativity and skill on show for this annual HVA member’s Big Art Showcase, with more than 50 Hertfordshire artists and artisan makers taking part. First in a series of 2018 member-led events, a visual feast awaits gallery visitors with a wide range of paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media and more on display. HVA members are all artists who live or work in Hertfordshire.

10th-13th May:  Herts Visual Arts Living Crafts Showcase at Hatfield House.  Visit the HVA Marquee at Living Crafts for a fantastic opportunity to meet 24 members.  Each day six different 2D and 3D artists will be on hand, ready to talk to visitors who can experience art in the making, watch demonstrations and see completed work on show.  A unique chance to purchase direct from the artist/maker.  

26th-27th May:  Herts Visual Arts at the Herts Show. This Showcase is an opportunity for Herts Show visitors to find out more about HVA, either as members, a visitor to one of HVA signature events, or as a potential sponsor/advertiser. Speak to members and organising committee in the Made in Herts Marquee to find out about our amazing member-led organisation: bringing ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’.

14th-15th July: Herts Visual Arts Big Art Fair.  Please get in touch if you would like an invitation to our exclusive Private View in the evening of Friday 13th July that will feature/launch the 2018 Herts Open Studios Brochure. Sponsors Welcome.

8th-30th September: Herts Open Studios 2018

Herts Open Studios is Herts Visual Arts annual flagship event, when artists open their doors to visitors. Details of participating venues and artists will be available online and in print from Summer 2018, with brochure launch at the Big Art Fair. There is also a comprehensive advertising and sponsorship offering.

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Press Release by Hillary Taylor

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