News & Exhibitions

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TFS Artists exhibit at the Verden Gallery

At their June exhibition T.F.S. Artists, Carol Rogers, Joy Taman, Morag Vangeyzel & Kathy Foster, will be showing richly textural oils, colourful watercolour & mixed media paintings plus ceramic and fun wire sculpture. Also on show will be beautiful hand-crafted jewellery in dichroic glass and semi-precious stones.The exhibition takes place at the Verden Gallery, 1st Floor, West House, West End Lane, Pinner from 10 am-5pm on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th of June. 

Adrian Marden solo show at The Wynd Gallery

HVA member Adrian Marden has a solo show "THINGS to THINK ABOUT “ running from 16th to 23rd June in the Wynd Gallery, Letchworth. [SG6 3EN].
It continues his focus on ecological and social issues, highlighting everyday objects which are linked to questions about the way we live and some of the everyday things we take for granted. 
if you can make it you might find out ..
How much sleep we need ?
Are paper clips interesting ?
Why are there so many homeless people ?
Do we throw away bread ?
Are plastic straws that bad ? 
... and much, much more.
The open day is Saturday 16th June with drinks and nibble from 10.00 until 5.00pm but the show is open all week, including Sunday, until Saturday 23rd 

Cultivate Arts Festival - Harpenden

Thursday 21st  - Sunday 24th June 2018

This summer, Harpenden will host its first festival celebrating the creative arts.

‘Cultivate’ takes place over four days, at a variety of locations across the town, where there will be exhibitions, concerts, art installations, plays, poetry readings, creative workshops and events for everyone to enjoy and get involved in.  A Trail Map is available to help plan your journey so you don’t miss a thing.

Cultivate Arts Festival is the brainchild of John Swain from Harpenden Churches Together, who commented: ‘The idea came from a similar event I’d seen when on holiday. I was excited by the idea of people from across the town coming together to share their enthusiasm for the arts. The theme that runs through all our events is ‘Beauty, Order and Abundance’  - so you’re in for a treat.’

Some of the highlights of the programme include imaginative and exciting installations. 

Enter the world of Narnia as the Methodist church on the High Street is transformed into a wonderland. There will be a promenade performance of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ on Friday evening and two performances on Saturday.


At St John’s church in Southdown, an ambitious art installation will fill the space with colour and ribbons.  Based on the theme of the environment and our place within it, there will be an accompanying programme of inspiring walks, talks, music and wine.

In addition, a variety of art will be on show and on sale throughout the four days at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church in Rothamsted Avenue and at Christ Church in Vaughan Road, with an art demonstration on Saturday afternoon. Try your hand at quilting at Cornelia’s coffee shop on Saturday morning. Come and join the dance performance and workshop at Christ Church on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy Harpenden Choral Society’s concert of sacred music in St Nicholas’ church on Saturday evening. 

As a grand finale to the festival, there will be a music concert for everyone on Sunday evening at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church.

Local artist Rory Browne who is part of the organising team adds: ‘We are thrilled with the variety of events on offer – there is sure to be something for everyone.’

Pick up a Cultivate Trail Map from the library, your local church or at the Harpenden Churches Together stand at the Carnival on Saturday 9th June.

For details of the full programme of events and activities please visit:

Herts Open Studios 2018 - coming this September


Herts Open Studios 2018 – Discover more this September

Herts Open Studios 2018 will run for 3 weeks from 8th-30th September 2018 inclusive.  This popular annual event connects art-lovers and artists and is even bigger this year, with 150 artists are taking part at almost 70 solo and group venues across the County. As always, visitors will be able to enjoy a rich mix of free-to-enter experiences including personal studios, live demonstrations, exhibitions and more. Hosted by Herts Visual Arts and established almost 30 years ago, it’s a unique opportunity for inspiration and discovery - a popular fixture of Hertfordshire’s annual art calendar

The widely-acclaimed Big Art Showcase at Welwyn Garden City’s New Maynard Gallery gave visitors just a taste of Open Studios. Our July Big Art Fair in Hitchin during the Hitchin Festival not only provides a feast of art, but again marks our Open Studios Brochure Launch. Other Herts Visual Art Showcases include Hatfield’s Living Crafts and the Herts Show are also part of the lead-in to Open Studios.

What can Open Studios visitors expect? Our artists, artisans and designer-makers across Hertfordshire offer enormous choice and opportunities. With painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, glass, photography, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, a blacksmith and more in the 2018 #HertsOpenStudios mix, visitors will be able to plan amazing personal art trails. Our artists are ready to show, demonstrate or talk about their work, or just allow quiet browsing if preferred. Regardless, a warm welcome is assured at every venue.

This year’s sought-after Open Studios brochure is again in the new A5 format that proved so popular last year. An amazing mine of reference information about individual artists and venues, venues and opening hours, including demonstrations, refreshments and accessibility information. Widely available at public locations across the county as well as from participating Open Studios Artists, the brochure is also available online via the Herts Visual Arts website. To help plan visits and personal trails, there’s also a central at-a-glance mini-guide listing all venues, dates and art forms.

“Last year’s new-look brochure proved very popular and this year we have even more artists taking part” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “Open Studios is always a fantastic opportunity for inspirational connections between artists and visitors. How often can you be sure of a chance to talk to an artist about their work, watch work in progress or perhaps even have a go yourself?  Whatever your interests, there’s bound to be somewhere local to visit, from individual studios to larger mixed groups.  Welcome to Open Studios 2018 - what’s not to like?” ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’

Full press release available here.

Big Art Fair 2018

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

Hitchin Town Hall Saturday and Sunday July 14th and 15th.  Open to the public from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

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’

Full press release here

Exhibitions at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

I Can't Read and I Can't Write Down by Jordan Lewington

With dark and noir set photos, freelance photographer, Jordan Lewington invites you to fall into the captured landscape and create a new journey in his second solo show.
Tuesday 8 May - Friday 1 June 

A Collection of Oil Paintings by Michael Hartley

Tring artist, Michael Hartley's artistic flair was noticeable from a young age and he was encouraged by his art teacher at school to pursue his natural talent at Art College. However, Michael was only able to draw in his spare time and started oil painting in 2015, following his retirement. These days, Michael is able to devote more time to his art and says he is "continuously learning and hopefully getting it right".

Monday 4 - Friday 29 June

Guided Sculpture Walk at Herts University (free)

This walk introduces the 12 outdoor sculptures located on College Lane Campus

1 January 2017 - 28 February 2018

First Monday of each month at 1pm


Our Sculpture Walk encourages you to take a new walk around the campus, paying attention to objects that you may have passed by.

The University of Hertfordshire Art Collection features 500 artworks displayed across its campuses. Hosted by UH Art Collection, UH Arts, this walk introduces the 12 outdoor sculptures located on College Lane Campus.

The Sculpture Walk presents an eclectic group of works which map the changing characteristics of British Sculpture since the 1950s. You will encounter an abstract stone sculpture by the iconic Barbara Hepworth, a bronze torso by Henry Moore’s pupil John Farnham and a bespoke wall relief map by Trevor Tennant. The trail reveals Land Art by Andy Goldsworthy, as well as sound sculpture, interactive sculpture, assemblages and intervention into the landscape.

New Art Exhibition at Rothamsted

There is a new, regularly changing, art exhibition now being shown at Rothamsted in Harpenden! The Harpenden Arts Club (HAC) and staff at the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise (RoCRE) have been working together on a new art initiative to provide a display of HAC members’ artworks to be exhibited for sale in the Rothamsted Conference Centre Restaurant, which is open to the public. 

The Open Door - Berkhamsted workshops

Art and Crafts Workshop Venue from top tutors bought to you by the curators of The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted. 


We are excited to announce our new project at The Open Door, 360-364 High Street, Berkhamsted, where Upstairs will be Downstairs, running workshops, showing artwork and providing a pop-up exhibition space. This is in addition to the main gallery above the Post Office.

We are looking for new volunteers so if you would like to be involved in this new exciting venture in any way, either as an artist or on the admin side or just being part of the team, we would love to hear from you - please email or call in and talk to us.

To see classes currently running

or see their Facebook Page

Herts Visual Arts SPRING Exhibition at New Maynard Gallery

Invited to exhibit at the New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City, some 50 members of Herts Visual Arts contributed to a rich and varied Spring Exhibition of both 2D and 3D art. Amateur and professional artists from all corners of the County came together to bring in their work, including international prize-winning glass artist Teresa Chlapowski, previous New Maynard Gallery Open Exhibition winner ceramicist Elspeth Keith and renowned paper/book artist Janie Graham.