Forthcoming Events

To continue the valuable discussions started at the AGM a further members meeting has now been arranged for 31 July 2014.  Also bookings are now being taken for the first in our autumn lecture programme. A talk by Pure Evil, Grafitti Artist & Gallery Owner on 20 October 2014.  


A special open meeting will take place between the Organising Group (OG) and HVA members to continue discussions held at the recent AGM, to enable the OG to plan for the future.  Please reserve your place for this members only meeting which will take place on Thursday 31st July 2014 at 7.30pm at the University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB.

The meeting will be held in Room AB254. 

Entrance is through the Arts Gallery up the stairs at the back, turn left, go through double doors and through the tunnel. At the T junction turn left and the room is at the far end. It’s the room behind the wall you are looking at, at the end of the corridor.

Parking is in Car Park 9 behind the art & design block, no permit is required.


1. Financial Picture
2. Open Studios Brochure
3. Marketing & Branding
4. Website
5. Cost Control / Volunteers / Fundraising
6. AOB

If you are unable to attend and have some items you wish to contribute please feel free to email details.

Output from the meeting will be circulated to members to facilitate wider discussion.


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PURE EVIL - 20 October 2014

HVAF is delighted to announce that our speaker for the autumn is Pure Evil, a Graffiti artist and gallery owner.

This is a unique opportunity to hear someone who is at the cutting edge of street art talk about his journey from California in the 1990’s, to designing influential streetwear clothing, to working as a Grafitti artist, to opening the Pure Evil Gallery in Shoreditch, and much more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Pure Evil speak – you will be guaranteed an entertaining and illuminating evening.

It is essential that you book for this event .  

Please do bring your friends along, non members pay a £5 entry fee but must also be registered through the link as above.

Who is Pure Evil? Info and Ethos

To understand a bit about Pure Evil it is illuminating to know that he is a descendant of Sir Thomas More, the Lord Chancellor who wrote the controversial work Utopia and who was later beheaded by King Henry VIII. With this busy background (Sir Thomas was later canonised) it is only natural that Pure Evil should explore the darker side of the wreckage of Utopian dreams and the myth of the Apocalypse, a belief in the life-changing event that brings history with all its conflicts to an end.

In 1990 Pure Evil left the ruins of Thatcher’s Britain for a new life on the West Coast, California USA and became a designer for influential streetwear clothing label ANARCHIC ADJUSTMENT, producing clothes and screenprinting t-shirt graphics and becoming involved in the electronic music scene in San Francisco, eventually ending up a recording artist for ambient record label FAX based in Frankfurt, Germany.

After 10 years in California, influenced heavily by West Coast Graffiti artists like TWIST and REMINISCE he returned to London, picked up a spray can and started painting weird fanged PURE EVIL bunny rabbits everywhere. Pure Evil fell in with the people behind Banksy’s SANTAS GHETTO and started producing prints for PICTURES ON WALLS.  He was refused entry back into the USA, and subsequently started plotting and producing dark new prints and artwork in a tiny shed in the Black Mountains of Wales. He moved back to London, debuted his first PURE EVIL SOLO SHOW and from the success of that, opened up his eponymous PURE EVIL GALLERY in a Dickensian old shop and basement in Shoreditch in the East End of London in 2007.

As an artist in the past 5 years PURE EVIL has exhibited worldwide in China, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA and all over Europe, and as an ‘Accidental Gallerist’.  He has produced over 50 different exhibitions with emerging and established artists at the Gallery and Inernationally. He produces a monthly radio show and regularly gives workshops and participates in lectures about street art.
Pure Evils ancestry is alleged to include eight saints: Vladimir the Great, Saint Anna of Russia, the Holy Martyrs Boris and Gleb, Saint Stephen of Hungary, Saint Margaret of Scotland and Saint Mathilde together with Saint Thomas More, Humbert III of Savoy and several European Royal Families. He is also a descendant of the Old English Chieftain Ailric, Kings Thane to Edward the Confessor, who held Cawthorne and much of South Yorkshire before the Conquest.

Click here for a full resume of Pure Evil, his background, ethos, exhibitions etc