An update from the Herts Visual Arts Chairman Mel Hilbrown.
HVA Chairman’s Report at AGM June 6th 2012
Review of 2011: Highlights were...
Unfortunately the low participation in Open Studios led to a loss of about £6k in 2011, and therefore a reduction in reserves to just over £12k.
We have a strong committee, though more volunteers are needed! Especial thanks are due to Karen Murphy for agreeing to step back into the role of Treasurer.
Preview of 2012
With 167 artists signed up to Open Studios, we expect a more successful year financially – but also in terms of impact as we will be showing a lot more work again. A big thank you to all participating artists. Without this level of commitment the Open Studios brochure would not be possible and ultimately a major Open Studios activity itself.
Many thanks to Linda Warminger for approaching the councils for grants successfully. This is probably the last year for repeat support from council grants of £2.5k. As a result we anticipate that HVA overall will break even in 2012, relieving a lot of the concerns about our future that I raised in my 2010 report.
At the AGM meeting the decision was taken to hold membership fees for 2013, and to raise the participation fee for open studios by £5 to cover increased costs.
Going forward we have 4 clear priorities:
If you would like to get involved more in HVA, whether in a small way or as part of the Organising Group, please contact Linda Warminger.