News & Exhibitions

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Exhibitions at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

The Common by Jenny Thorburn

An exhibition of woodcut prints, drawings, maps and collages by a Berkhamsted artist. This work has been created by walking and exploring Berkhamsted Common (part of the Ashridge estate), mapping its historical features and sitting out in the woods drawing individual trees. The work is inspired by the past stories and present form of the Common and celebrates its continued importance to the local community. The Commons were an important community resource in pre-industrial times, providing food and fuel. Where they remain, they are an equally important resource for our urban society in providing us with freely accessible places to be with nature.   

Monday 5 February - Friday 2 March 2018 

Wildlife Portraits by Chris Shelley

Chris is a locally based photographer who for much of his career was a cameraman on film and TV productions. In recent years, e has concentrated on stills photography, with an emphasis on wildlife and landscape. 
This Exhibition will feature some of his favourite examples of animal portraiture. In these he has tried to capture the unique quality of his subjects, and hopefully provide an insight into their character. At best, a good photograph can allow us to appreciate at leisure the wonder of our fellow creatures, and why we must strive to preserve them for the future. 
Monday 5 March – Friday 6 April 2018

Radlett Centre January exhibition

The exhibition is from the 3rd to 31st January 2018.

We have a private view booked for Saturday 13th January 11 - 1pm, entry is  free, there would be coffee and cakes.

We are happy for you to attend our private viewing as well, and would look forward to seeing you.

Modern Landscapes @ Parndon Mill

11th January - 18th February 2018

The first exhibition for 2018 in The Gallery is of colourful paintings and watercolours by David Quantrill. These are vivid, unique and thought evoking works of art, pushing the boundaries of paint on canvas. The subject matter is often irrelevant, based on visual experience, perhaps through reading material or even the spoken word or a thought. Many times a title precedes the work thus becoming a starting point, many of the ideas developing by just putting paint on canvas.

The paintings are complemented by equally colourful ceramics by Sarah Crickmore. She particularly likes the unpredictable and vibrant results that can be achieved with the raku process and the contrast between the bright crackled glazes and the carbonated unglazed clay body. She often incorporates texture to the clay surface or geometric resist patterns when applying the glaze to give a definite design element. However due to the nature of raku each piece will be unique. 

John Durham exhibiting at The Old Town Hall, Hemel

Herts Visual Arts member John Durham  specialises in portraying geological landscapes with acrylics. His passion for rocks and stones and academic studies in geology have been the inspiration for his art and he uses colour and form to explore and reveal the underlying structure of the land. In this colourful and exciting exhibition, he has used his understanding of geology together with vibrant colours and tints to show paintings of some of his favourite places. John lives in Hemel Hempstead and his work has been exhibited in many local exhibitions and at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery and the Mall Galleries in London.

This exhibition is a fascinating insight and a new perspective on some iconic landscapes. 
Monday 8 January – Friday 2 February 2018

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.

Gallery 32

Gallery 32 is a new gallery in Fleetville, St. Albans. It is located in the Vintage Emporium on the Hatfield Road.