Exhibitions & Events

HVA Exhibition at Harpenden Public Halls 2012

What to see this month ....

Zöld Lencse – Green Lenses

An exhibition of photographs on a green and environmental theme by young photographers from the districts (and twin towns) of St Albans and Nyíregyháza (Hungary). 16 Jan - 11 March at Trestle Arts Base.

The photographs from the St Albans district include pictures taken by students from Batchwood and Watling View Schools during outings to Heartwood Forest with professional photographer Pete Stevens.

This event is provided by St Albans City and District Council and managed by the SAASH Arts Team

Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St. Albans AL4 0JQ.

01727 850950 www.trestle.org.uk/



"Essentially the themes represented are reflective of my internal expressions and actions. An unconscious yet driven effort to go inwards towards a path of acceptance and renunciation. This has required an intensity and devotion which I hope translates."
Emma Healy


'CELLANEOUS', 20 February - 2 March 2013   

Cellaneous is a contemporary art exhibition, at Courtyard Arts in Hertford, by twelve independent artists studying at Hertford Regional College/ University of Hertfordshire, who have put together a cocktail of work using a contrast of mediums.

All works are diverse but interlinked by subject matter, culminating into a dynamic fusion of fresh approaches and new ideas.


The Razor's Edge: Sculpture as Matter and Pattern

Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Simeon Nelson.  Thursday 7 March 2013 18.30 for 19.00 at The Fielder Centre, Hatfield Business Park AL10 9TP

Professor Simeon Nelson is a sculptor, new media and interdisciplinary artist working with convergences between science, religion and art and art in urban environments. After working as an artist in Australia and Asia he moved to the UK in 2001 and established a studio in central London.

Simeon produces optically ambiguous objects, installations, modular sculptural systems and videos whose underlying topologies are often obscured by intense ornament. These range from roadside sculptures to 'epiphytic' wall-works to projected architectural video. His work exists in and between the second, third and fourth dimensions. What you get is not necessarily what you see.

In this lecture Simeon will discuss ways in which he reformulates ideas in science and theology and how he work in collaboration with composers, scientists, psychologists and others on recent projects in galleries, hospitals, churches and other sites in the UK, Europe and Australia.

More information about this lecture

This is a free public lecture but please reserve your place in advance by contacting the Events Team on events@herts.ac.uk or 01707 284121



Watercolours from Cassiobury Art Collection at Space2 Gallery,Watford Museum

An exhibition of watercolours from Watford Museum's Cassiobury art collection is now on display in the Space2 gallery. The exhibition explores the history of Cassiobury through works by artists including JMW Turner, Thomas Girtin and an even an Earl of Essex. The exhibition will be on display until 23 February and admission is free.

Events: Cassiobury Exhibition Short Talks.

An introduction to how Cassiobury has been interpreted through watercolour, Annette Kendall will be giving short talks in the gallery about the exhibition on 2 & 9 February. Talks start at 11am and are free but booking is advisable.








Terry Hartga, a Herts Visual Arts member, is also a member of his local photography club - The Royston Photographic Society - which has their annual exhibition at Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery www.roystonmuseum.org.uk from 19 January to 16 March 2013.


Each club member has been asked to submit an image for display. Terry’s photograph depicts his other career tinkering around with steam engines on the North Norfolk Railway, and is of one of his colleagues.

'Darren in Weybourne Yard'

Terry and his partner Sue, also a HVA member, have a joint exhibition of their own at the same venue from 27th July to 21st September this year.





From 10th January until 24th February The Gallery at Parndon Mill presents an exhibition, IN CONVERSATION WITH.... of new paintings by BARRY ANDREWS complemented by ceramics by NIGEL EARLE.

'A perfect day' by Barry Andrews

As a starting point for his paintings, Barry Andrews makes drawings of the estuary along the north banks of the River Thames, these images are metaphors for change. The industrial river landscape offers a harsh yet inspiring vista.

'Stratiform' by Nigel Earle

Nigel Earle's ceramics celebrate forms and textures, both natural and man-made.  His inspiration comes from such different sources as natural rock faces and ravines; road and pavement surfaces; eroded machinery and mechanical parts; collapsed sheds and wooden huts.


The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Off Elizabeth Way, HARLOW CM20 2HP

Tel: 01279 426042 / info@parndonmill.co.uk / www.parndonmill.co.uk




Kim Major George (Printmaker) and Steve Thorpe (Poet)
This thought provoking exhibition with stunning hand pulled prints and emotive poetry is on its 5th leg of a UK tour. This exhibition asks what is the role of mankind for the future, can we change before change is forced upon us, begging the question, “can we leave a world of plenty for the children that will follow?”

‘This exhibition is a must for anyone who desires a brighter future, these artists will make the viewers think, hold their breath, smile, even cry, with their words of warning mixed cleverly with messages of hope’.



Led by Curator Amisha Karia and featuring seven works from the University of Hertfordshire's Art Collection, the tour showcases work by Barbara Hepworth, Diane MacLean and others.

2013 dates : Saturday  23 February / 23 March  / 27 April  / 25 May / 29 June

The tour will provide the opportunity to engage with and discover contemporary art sculpture at the University's College Lane Campus.

• Weather permitting. • Subject to reaching minimum attendance requirement. • Meeting point – outside the Art and Design Gallery. • Pre-booked guided tours for groups available year-round.

Duration: 45 mins  / Admission: £3.50

To book your place phone 01707 281127 or email uharts@herts.ac.uk



An exhibition about the expression of the Human Head in artistic form at the Upstairs Gallery, 268 High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 1AQ. Open 10-4 Tuesday-Saturday.

A wide variety of artistic media from realistic portraiture to abstraction.  Guest Curator - Maud Eager.



Art Talk: Series Two (5 February - 19 March 2013)

Please check the room locations and times for each lecture carefully as they vary for the series.

‘Art Talk’ is a weekly talk series that features invited artists, curators, critics and other thinkers of national and international standing, exploring how contemporary art interacts with the social, political and philosophical dimensions of the contemporary world and where it intersects with other disciplines and discourses. 

Week 1 – Andrew Marsh  'White cubes... or... why we got the sack from the museum' Tuesday 5 February 1pm-2pm A166 Lindop Building

This lecture will explore the historical, curatorial and artistic developments that led to the predominance of the white cube style of gallery and museum display.

Andrew Marsh has a BA in Fine Art from Norwich School of Art and Design, and an MA in Fine Art Administration and Curatorship from Goldsmiths. He teaches on BA Communication, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins. He is a freelance gallery manager and has curated and managed exhibitions and events in London, Birmingham, Dusseldorf and New Delhi; he has written for 'Flash Art', various artists' monographs and other publications.

Week 2 – Sarah Baker Impirioso and Rococo Rosso Casa Tuesday 12 February 1pm-2pm A166 Lindop Building

In this talk, Sarah Baker will explore her current project  Impirioso and Rococo Rosso Casa.  The hour-long TV episode commissioned by UH Galleries and directed by Sarah Baker explores luxury, greed, scandal, and the constructs of dramatic television.

Impirioso represents a significant development and finessing of the artist’s film work. Sumptuously shot at locations including Hatfield House and the Luton Hoo Hotel, Impirioso brings cinematic production values to Baker’s fascination with the dramatised televisual constructs of avarice, idolatry and murder.

Sarah Baker grew up in Buffalo, New York. She received her BFA degree at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000 and her MA degree at Goldsmiths College, London, in 2002. She is now based in the UK and has been exhibiting her work extensively in the UK and abroad.

Week 3 – Katharine Meynell Collaborations Tuesday 19 February 12pm-1pm A161 Lindop Building

Working as an artist since the late 1970’s Katherine Meynell’s works drift between material media, emerging as performances, bookworks, video installation and drawings. These are often in series, as records of precarious things.

Video installations include: ‘Moonrise’ Tate Liverpool & Cornerhouse; ‘A book for a performance’ AIR Gallery & ICP New York; ‘Eat’ and ‘Vampire (s) eat’ Kettles Yard Bluecoat & Film Museum, Amsterdam; ‘Light Water Power’ (with Alistair Skinner) Lux, London; ‘The Island Bell’ Harris Museum, Preston; ‘Può dirmi dove devo scendere?’  British School at Rome (where I was Abbey Fellow 2003/4); It’s inside’ Café Gallery London; ‘Nightshots’ Fieldgate Gallery, London, and ‘bread tunny iceberg’ at P3 London.

Publications include: It’s inside, Marion Boyars, 2005, coinciding with a solo exhibition at the Café Gallery, examining issues of representing illness (funded by the Wellcome Trust). Meynell have made five works with the Gefn Press including Poetry of Unknown Words at the Poetry Library in 2012 and Cunning Chapters at the British Library in 2007/8 (Meynell’s contribution was based the life of Santa Chiara (of Assisi) performance artist and patron saint of television).

Week 4 – Caroline Douglas The Arts Council Collection:  updating post war values for the 21st century Tuesday 26 February 1pm-2pm A166 Lindop Building

An introduction to the circumstances of the founding of the Arts Council Collection, its original purpose and values, and an examination of the way the Collection functions in the new contexts presented by a radically different 21st century context.

Caroline Douglas has been Head of the Arts Council Collection since 2006. Previously she was a curator in the Visual Arts Department of the British Council for over ten years.  At the British Council, Caroline was responsible for “A Century of British Sculpture” at the Galerie national du Jeu de Paume in Paris, in 1996 and “The Enduring Image: Treasures of the British Museum” which toured to New Delhi and Mumbai in 1997-8; she curated “Micro/Macro” at the Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest in 2003 and was curator for three successive Indian Triennale commissions from Julian Opie (1998), Catherine Yass (2000) and Roderick Buchanan (2005), and was curator for Gary Hume when he represented Britain at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1997. Between 2003 and 2006 Caroline ran a programme of contemporary exhibitions in Serbia, which culminated in the large group show “Breaking Step” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. 

Since joining the Arts Council Collection Caroline has been responsible for purchasing policy there, as well as programming UK touring and one-off exhibitions such as the new Flashback series which opened with Bridget Riley in 2009 and continues with Anish Kapoor and Gary Hume in 2011-12.  She graduated with an MA in art history at the Courtauld Institute in 1994.  She is currently a trustee of the Charles Wallace (India) Trust, a trustee of Space Studios, a member of the Fine Art Faculty of the British School at Rome and a member of IACA. In 2010 Caroline was a judge for the Contemporary Art Society “Commission to Collect” annual award; in 2011 she was a judge for the Northern Art Prize 2011 and was a selector for Scotland in Venice in 2012.

Week 5 – Chris Bucklow What Making Work Does to the Maker Tuesday 5 March 1pm-2pm A166 Lindop Building

Chris Bucklow will talk about the psychological dimension to making work. He is trained as an art-historian and worked in the paintings department at the Victoria and Albert Museum for ten years. He left the museum in 1989 to begin making sculpture.

Week 6 – Caroline Achaintre Camp Coo and Beyond Tuesday 12 March 1pm-2pm E350 Main Building

Caroline Achaintre introduces the ideas behind her exhibition ‘Camp Coo’, in relation to her previous work. Born in France and raised in Germany, Achaintre moved to London in 1998. She trained as a Blacksmith, before starting her undergraduate degree at Chelsea College of Art. Achaintre completed her postgraduate degree in 2003 at Goldsmiths College and has since exhibited extensively internationally.

Week 7 – Monia Brizzi Art, Psychology and the Setting-Into-Work of Truth Tuesday 19 March 1pm-2pm E350 Main Building

Monia Brizzi’s research on perception and creativity intersects art, science and philosophy. Brizzi is interested in art as a means of mapping and integrating deeply embedded, baffling and conflictual dimensions of self, others and world that are pre-reflective, non-verbal and often outside the scope of ordinary perception, psychological representation and clinical intervention. Through the collaborative inquiry between psychology and art, Brizzi’s work strives to develop new epistemologies for professional practice and education, challenge our understanding of health, well-being and what it means to be human, and expand/humanise evidence base and social inclusion in psychology, psychotherapy and healthcare. Brizzi runs a clinical practice in central London and since 2006 has collaborated with artists and curators as a consultant.   Monia Brizzi is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Health Professions Council (HPC), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), and Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).