Exhibitions & Events

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St Albans Folk Festival is delighted that Herts Visual Arts members will be joining us during our Day of Music in St Albans Old Town Hall on Saturday June 30. This day will be the highlight of St Albans Folk Festival, which runs from June 25 to July 6.

We will offer a variety of songs and music with a programme of performances in the historic 1831 Court Room and informal singarounds in the guardroom adjoining the old cells. Upstairs in the Assembly Room, where some of the Herts Visual Arts stalls will be located, there will be informal sessions, starting with English and Irish traditional music and then an hour of Old Timey and Bluegrass music.  The day will end with a slide guitar workshop led by guest artist Phillip Henry. During the day time, admission will be free. Weather permitting, we will also venture outside to play in the market to publicise the events in the Town Hall.

In parallel with this, the colourful Day of Dance will start with a display of morris dancing by all the groups involved in the Civic Centre outside the Alban Arena at 10.30. After this, from 11.45, the dancers will tour the City Centre, including the Clock Tower, Christopher Place, The Maltings, and the west front of the Abbey, meeting up at Fighting Cocks at 4.15pm.

The Folk Festival concert at 8pm will feature a duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, who are rising names on the folk scene. Phillip and Hannah have played everywhere from Maida Vale Studios to Nashville, Tennessee and are regulars on the festival circuit. They combine influences as diverse as English folk music, Indian classical music and American blues.  The sound they create has been described as "textured, hypnotic and utterly captivating" Using slide guitars, fiddle, banjo, vocals, and even beatbox harmonica, their debut album, Singing The Bones, has garnered warm praise from reviewers such as Mike Harding (BBC Radio Two), Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio Three), and fRoots Magazine.

Support will be provided by New Roots 2012 finalists, The Beldons, from a family which has always sung together and have been regulars in local folk clubs in Newcastle for a while. As their parents didn’t quite meet the age criteria for New Roots, Áine, Samuel and Patrick decided to enter New Roots as a trio.

June 30 is also the last day of St Albans Festival and a number of street performers and children’s entertainers will be at large in the City Centre, while the Trestle Arts Base story bus, with hourly performances by story teller, Kathryn Holt, will be parked in front of the Town Hall.

Further information about St Albans Folk festival can be found at www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk

Tickets for the Festival concert cost £12, £10 student concessions and are available from St Albans Tourist Information Centre, 01727 864511 or online at www.allaboutstalbans.com as well as on the door.

A selection of Herts Visual Arts Members will have stalls at The Old Town Hall on Saturday 30th June including:

Tessa Barnes (Hand-painted Silk Scarves, Pictures & Bags)
Claudia Brown (Etched Perspex Jewellery & Sculptural Forms)
Stephanie Edwards (Hand-woven Tapestries)
Miriam Fraser (Watercolour paintings and Felt items)
Ken Futers (Handmade Books, Blank Journals, Boxes & Cards)
Linda Gifford (Contempory textiles for the home)
Helen Halliday (Paintings Prints & Ceramics)
Pratima Kramer (Vibrant 2D work in Mixed Media)
Ruth Lewis (Sterling Silver Jewellery)
Ioanna Misdrakou (Textile & Mixed Media Jewellery)
Hillary Taylor (Photography)
Janet Tranter (Paintings, Sculptures & Vases)

by Linda Gifford

by Ioanna Misdrakou

by Ruth Lewis

by Tessa Barnes

by Ken Futers

by Stephanie Edwards



by Davida Macdonald

Full Circle is in its third year of making and exhibiting creative textiles; however, its membership of enthusiastic and experienced practitioners has a much longer history.

The majority met at classes in art and textiles where eventually textile work became the main focus. A very well-attended Herts Open Studios confirmed that there was a new group in the making.

The final stage in that making was a series of master classes in which advanced skills in design and practice culminated in 'Eclectic', an enthusiastically received exhibition in March 2010 at the Courtyard Arts Centre, Hertford.

A further show in November at the Dutch Nurseries, Brookmans Park, exhibited a different sort of challenge when members interpreted the same theme – Inspired by… - with widely differing outcomes. Again the response was positive.

The old seed warehouse on Mill Bridge in Hertford was the venue in November last year when they showed Retrospective+, a collection of favourite pieces, old and new, by each maker. Augmented by a successful seasonal sales table and home-made refreshments it received positive comments from the many who visited.

Most of the members belong to other groups and have exhibited widely, both locally and in larger venues such as the NEC Birmingham; The Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace, Harrogate and London; and the Mall Galleries in London.

In preparation for cre8, their next and most ambitious project to date, the group has been exploring the idea of wearable art. As ever the results show just how varied the outcomes from a single source can be. These pieces plus many others will be on display from the

3rd to 28th July (10 am to 4pm)at:

Letchworth Arts Centre 2, The Arcade Letchworth SG6 3EW

by Jenny Giles

by Sue Hickman

by Jackie Smith

by Jenny Alderson

by Judith Coxell


by Ailsa Bulger


by Marion Wale




A solo exhibition of mixed media collages and screenprints by Christine Calow at Frameworks Gallery, Cottenham, Cambridge.

The exhibition runs from 21st June and has been extended to 8th August.   

Opening Times:

Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 10am - 5.30pm Wed 10am - 2pm, Sat 10am - 3pm  

Frameworks, 171 High Street Cottenham Cambridge CB24 8RX

01954 250138   www.frameworks-cottenham.weebly.com



ART IN CLAY   6/7/8 JULY 2012

Art in Clay will be at Hatfield House in July this year, not August.

The list of exhibitors is on the website as well as lots of images of their work. There will be the usual mix of well known potters such as Robin Welch, Mary Rich and Svend Bayer, a sprinkling of European potters including Niek Hoogland, Stefan Bang and Francoise Dufayard plus newcomers and graduates just beginning their ceramic careers.


We have a limited number of 2-4-1 tickets for Herts Visual Arts Members.  Email openstudios@hvaf.org.uk if you would like one.


St Albans Art Society Summer Exhibition 2012Friday 27th July - Saturday 4th August

A community grant awarded to the St Albans Art Society by the District Council has enabled the St. Albans Art Society to hold their annual Summer Art Exhibition in the Old Town Hall (Market Place, St. Albans AL3 3DJ) for a second year. After the success of last year’s exhibition in the same venue they are presenting another vibrant and varied selection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and greeting cards. An additional feature this year will be a short City Art Trail free to all who come to the exhibition. Visitors to the Exhibition will be able to pick up a leaflet, follow the trail and discover pieces of St Albans they hadn’t noticed before.

For more Exhibition information and to see all the framed and 3D artwork exhibited online, visit the Art Society website www.stalbans-artsociety.org.uk  Entry is FREE.


17 @ INSIGHT, 3-14 JULY 2012

by Fiona Payne

by Clive Patterson

The Hertfordshire based art group, '17 @insight' is holding its third art exhibition at The Tudor House, Sawbridgeworth in July from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 14th 09.30am  till 16.30pm. 

The group continue to build on their success since launching as professional artists in 2011. Some of the group have had successes at the recent BBC Show Me the Monet, the Cork Street Open, The Affordable Art Fair and prize winners at the Finchley Arts Depot. One member is set to show at The Society of Women Artists at the Mall Gallery.

All are working towards submissions to major competitions and open exhibitions as well as individual showcasing. This will be another opportunity to view, commission or purchase a piece of high quality artwork this summer.

Due to the nature of the location of this latest exhibition in a unique historic building, the paintings will be a collection of mainly smaller pieces and therefore more affordable to the discerning art buyer.

Works are a refreshing mix of contemporary style and broad subject matter. Beautiful portraits, detailed abstract conceptual works, subtle flowers, original and bold landscape depicting rural and city scenes using oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolour, pen and ink and mixed media.

“A terrific selection of interesting and original art that is both aesthetically effective and artistically absorbing.”  Estelle Lovatt, art critic for the BBC.


For further information contact The Tudor House or more details about their “by invitation” event “meet the artist evening” on Thursday 4th July at 7pm. Tel: 01279 600112  www.tudorhousesawbridgeworth.co.uk or www.insight-art.co.uk/seventeen

by Janet Gardner

by Helen Lee






Space² Watford 'BEGINNINGS'

An exhibition of work in a range of different medialooking at themes of birth, rebirth and change. NEW -There will be an opportunity to meet and watch artists at work in our new Artist Studios.

There will also be a range of events to support this exhibition, please see the website for further details: www.watford.gov.uk/space2

Open Thursday 26 April – Saturday 16 June 2012

Thursday - Saturday, 1pm - 6pm

Space² Watford, 69 High Street, Watford, WD17 2DL

'Empty Nest' 3d installation, Anna-Marya Tompa

'Anonymous' photograph, Debbie Attwell


'RESORT' 30 March - 10 June 2012

RESORT is the result of two years spent photographing life at Butlin’s, Bognor Regis in West Sussex – one of only three remaining resorts in the UK. Anna Fox has captured the British at leisure, providing a vital and highly charged insight into the contemporary Butlin's holiday experience. The series marks the 75th anniversary of Butlin’s: a British institution and established cultural phenomenon, with a very particular character, history and identity. Having attracted tens-of-millions of holidaymakers since its creation in 1936, Butlin’s popularity peaked in the 1970s, but, today it remains a thriving centre for family holidays and themed leisure breaks. The Butlin’s experience has always been rooted in a sense of community, extending the bonds of family and friends to embrace shared social activities that are truly democratic and accessible to all. These values and aspirations are still pertinent today and the series recognises Butlin’s prominent place in the national imagination. Informed by John Hinde’s celebrated colour photographs of Butlin’s holiday camps from the 1970s which were highly choreographed records of the ritualised activities in the camps, Fox’s large-format colour photographs provide a fascinating insight into the family activities for which Butlin’s is celebrated. Anna Fox has been working in photography for the past 25 years. Professor in Photography at University for the Creative Arts, her work has concentrated predominantly on documenting life in the South of England and has been both published and exhibited worldwide. Her work is included in a number of significant public collections and has been included in major group exhibitions such as: Through the Looking Glass, Barbican 1989; From Tarzan to Rambo, Tate Modern 2003; How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain 2007.

For further information please contact UH Galleries on 01707 284290 or uhgalleries@herts.ac.uk

UH Gallery at The Museum of St. Albans, Hatfield Rd, St. Albans Herts AL1 3RR  (Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am - 5pm / Sun 2-5pm)