July/August 2013


An eclectic mix of opportunities were brought to you this month ...from being part of a Giant Monopoly Sculpture trail to submitting work to a Cats and Dogs exhibition !!
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Herts Open Studios 2013

September heralds that season in Hertfordshire again – the time for Herts Open Studios 2013. Between 7 to 29 September artists open their doors to show you their work – and you can meet artists and craftspeople across the county. Some artists work from home and invite you in through front or back doors; others have studios which may range from a shed at the bottom of the garden to a gallery on a high street or in a business park. Aren’t you just a tiny bit curious?

Exhibitions & Events

We look forward to seeing you at the HVA SUMMER EXHIBITION on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 2013 and there is no shortage of art to see throughout July & August...


Read about some of our Members who were selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Pastel Society Prizewinner - Melodie Cook, a postcard from Shetland and Tessa Verrecchia's latest commision at the Lister Hospital.

The Sadu House, Kuwait

Barbara Weeks reports on her recent teaching trip to Kuwait.  The Sadu House is a meeting place for the Kuwait Textile Arts; groups of weavers and quilters meet here and it houses a finely displayed exhibition of weaving, both the nomadic colourful wools and the ‘urban’ weaving that produces a fine loosely woven cloth for the bisht worn on special occasions.

Jo's Web Wizardry

With Open Studios just round the corner, it’s probably time to refresh your online presence and make sure you’re doing all you can to can to make your event a success this year. The great thing about using online channels is that they are, on the whole, free. Here’s a selection of the top social networks you can be using to shout about your activity during Open Studios 2013.

Belinda's Bash

Who are you - really?

'Finding yourself' and 'knowing yourself' are certainly well-used phrases - which some may think over-used. Yet somehow I had this idea (and I don't know where it came from) that if you can find the source of your essential 'you-ness' you have also found the source of your originality. But as I researched this idea I found it wasn't necessarily true...


Delighted to welcome Tina Hart to the Organising Group Commitee, she will be working with Caroline Lumb on our programme of members meetings.   This month we are looking for a volunteer to represent HVA on-line on PINTEREST ... could that be you ?