News & Exhibitions

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Connie Flynn - Home and Away

HVA member Connie Flynn is exhibiting her hand stitched Suffragette inspired textile banner titled, Home & Away at the London School of Economics Library Reading Room, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD, from 1st July to 30th September 2018. The opening times are Monday to Friday 9am-7pm and at the weekends 11am-6pm.

For more information - http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/exhibitions  and to make an appointment to view the work, please email Gillian Murphy G.E.Murphy@lse.ac.uk

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.”

www.hvaf.org.uk ‘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

https://www.oldtownhall.co.uk/exhibitions

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

FREE

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. 

WAY-INN OPEN DOOR WORKSHOPS

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 opendoorberko@gmail.com or call in and talk to us.

To see classes currently running http://www.upstairsgallery.co.uk/workshops.html

or see their Facebook Page

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