Herts Visual Arts 2018 Big Art Showcase at the New Maynard Gallery - Press release


9th March 2018                                                                                                                              

Following from last year’s successful exhibition, Herts Visual Arts are again staging their Big Art Showcase at the New Maynard Gallery to mark the start of their 2018 arts programme.  With more than 50 members taking part, the rich variety of 2D and 3D art also includes work by previous New Maynard Gallery Open Exhibition winners Sarah Poppleton (painter) and ceramicist Elspeth Keith.  

Artists and visitors alike will also be warmly welcomed by gallery trustees and volunteers for a packed and lively Private View evening on 20th April 2018. A huge breadth of techniques and subject matter across the Showcase includes paintings, prints, textiles, glass, drawing, ceramics, jewellery and much more filling the walls and cabinets with a wealth of colour and style. 

Running from 20thApril until 2rd June, the exhibition is open for visitors throughout the week.  All work is for sale. Herts Visual Arts members are all artists who live or work in Hertfordshire.

“This year I would again like to personally like to thank the New Maynard Gallery Trustees and volunteers for welcoming Herts Visual Arts into this amazing space” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “We know our Big Art Showcase will be set out with professionalism, care and skill, showing our members work off to its very best.”



Further information:

Herts Visual Arts is the Hertfordshire-wide not-for-profit organisation for visual artists.  Run by and for members, HVAF supports artists and makers around Hertfordshire. An annual programme includes members meetings, exhibitions, Art Showcases, the Big Art Fair and Herts Open Studios.

www.hvaf.org.uk ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’

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 Herts Visual Arts 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. All work is for sale. Herts Visual Arts members are all artists who live or work in Hertfordshire.

10th-13th May:  Herts Visual Arts Living Crafts Showcase at Hatfield House.  

Visit the Herts Visual Arts 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 work 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.

An opportunity for Herts Show visitors to find out more about Herts Visual Arts, either as members, a visitor to one of HVAF 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. 

Following on from the success of our art fair last July during the Hitchin Festival, we’re delighted to bring the Big Art Fair back to Hitchin during this year’s festival.  Bigger than last year’s highly successful event, art by over 50 2D and 3D artists and artisans will be on display at Hitchin Town Hall.  All work will be for sale, with opportunities to meet the artists.  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. 

Sponsorship opportunities also available. http://www.hvaf.org.uk/News/Opportunities/Sponsorship-for-the-Big-Art-Fair-2018

8th-30th September: Herts Open Studios 2018 https://www.hvaf.org.uk/Open-Studios/About-Open-Studios

Registration for Open Studios starts in March and is open until 30th April 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 on line and in print from Summer 2018, with brochure launch at the Big Art Fair.


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Press Release by Hillary Taylor chair@hvaf.org.uk

Tel: 07939 478 466

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