April 2011


Applications are currently being processed for both the 12" Square Exhibition and Herts Open Studios 2011, many thanks to those members that applied on-line, it certainly helps reduce the admin !  The deadline for 12" Square exhibition has been extended to 15 April.  And, if you are a late applicant for Open Studios do telephone 07813 100651.

In this issue - a new member to the editorial team, Helen Porteous reports on the Matisse exhibition at The Hat Factory ....which is well worth a visit, and Belinda Naylor Stables offers a fresh approach in her column .... as well as our usual features.

Last, but not least welcome to the following new members who joined Herts Visual Arts during March...

HVA Lecture Series - Professor Ken Howard, OBE, RA

Our Quarterly Meetings are held at the University of Hertfordshire, UH College Lane Campus, Lindop Building—Room A161, Hatfield at 7.30pm. Entry is free to Herts Visual Arts members. Guests £3 payable at the door.

On Thursday 28th April at 7.30pm we look forwad to the return of Professor Ken Howard, OBE, RA  who will be delivering the second in his series of talks.  The subject on this occasion is 'Beaches and Venice'.


Click title above to access this months opportunities - as always do let us know if you take advantage of them - your feedback is appreciated.

Members News & Exhibitions

Plenty to do and see this month including:

 a Private View in Kensal Green, Exhibition in Royston, Art Sale in aid of Watford Mencap, a Talk on publishing your own book .... and more ! ...

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors Late Works 1950-1954

Currently on show until 16th April at The Gateway Gallery, The Hat Factory, 65-67 Bute Street, Luton LU1 2EY 9.00 to 18.00 Free Entry.  www.thehatfactory.org

Helen Porteous, attended the Private View ....

Artist on File: Andrew Scoggins

"White Green" Andrew Scoggins
Photo Art - Harpenden photographer reveals the poetic side of abandoned properties.

Here is a question for you: who would wake up at 3am in the north of Scotland to go down dirty tracks looking for abandoned houses? 

Answer: Andrew Scoggins. More than just an eccentric hobby, the photographer is inspired by derelict and long forgotten places. “I find them intriguing because of the stories they tell about a different time, a different world”, reveals Scoggins.

Artist on File: Alana Jenkins

Alana Jenkins’ art is as diverse as it is experimental with the use of multiple mediums. The onlooker is drawn into her work as they try to decode the interesting symbolism in many of her pieces.

Belinda's Bash

Begin with the end – end with a new start

The great thing about Open Studios is that HVA do a lot of the marketing groundwork for you. Brochures, bunting, press releases and publicity at a range of events all appear in the run-up. But I think every artist wants something different from the experience. So surely it’s a good idea to add your own marketing flair to support your personal goals. This approach might help…


Many thanks to the volunteer team working on this and forthcoming issues of the Herts Visual Arts newsletter - Clare Kendal Bate, Denise Bowser, Belinda Naylor-Stables, Ursula Pierse, Helen Porteous, Michelle Turaev.

Occasional contributors are also very welcome.  Do email newsletter@hvaf.org.uk with your events and articles.