Herts Visual Arts Summer Event / AGM

It’s Herts Visual Arts’ 24th year, summer is here and the behind-the-scenes organisation for Herts Open Studios is well underway. So come and celebrate our successes at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Summer Social on 25 June 2014, at PS Arts. Enjoy three five minute talks by gallery artists, followed by socialising and drinks with fellow HVA members.

There’s lots of good news to share. This year membership of Herts Visual Arts (HVA) is growing faster than ever.  154 of those members have signed up for this year’s Herts Open Studios – a good number though a few down on last year.

Why is membership going up? Partly because more artists get to hear about us through greater web presence plus social media activity, and also because of the major benefits artists are getting. For example, the web gallery shows more members’ works than ever, and it receives more hits from galleries and individuals wanting to commission work. Also, the opportunities we publicise in the monthly newsletter are increasingly comprehensive and more members benefit.

We need to keep this great momentum going. HVA is a not-for-profit membership organisation run by volunteers. Running all aspects of HVA – especially Open Studios – is increasingly demanding of time and money, at a time when we have lost all funding from local authorities. The more members can do for themselves the less we need to spend on getting work done, and the more member benefits we can develop or maintain. I see this as another membership opportunity to use skills and make new friends. There are many ways to contribute with varying levels of commitment. Here are some ideas…

The Organising Group (OG) is the team with specific roles that enable the HVA to function. The team meet regularly and so this is an ongoing commitment. Is this something you might be interested in?

We are also keen to create supporting roles for OG members so that key roles are less demanding. Can you find time to support the OG team?

Some things all of us can do: think carefully about your contacts including friends and family – and particularly about their contacts. HVA really needs to find sponsors to replace our lost funding – and has a lot to offer the right sponsor: publicity on 25,000 brochures, plus posters and press coverage locally and – in specialist art publications – nationally; a website receiving hundreds of hits per year (for the calendar year 2013 there were 19.470 Users [new & returning] who actively engaged with the website for 34,872 Sessions [a session is the period time a user is actively engaged with the website],144,472 Pageviews with an average of 4.14 pages per session !); the satisfaction of supporting worthwhile arts events and giving thousands of people in and around Hertfordshire access to a wide variety of visual media with opportunities to talk to artists and see them at work. So do you know who could introduce HVA to the right potential sponsor?

If you can help keep our momentum going with time and skills or referrals to potential sponsors, contact Linda Warminger on openstudios@hvaf.org.uk or 07813 100651. There’s also the Summer Social coming up. Register, if you haven’t already. I look forward to seeing you there!

Mel Hilbrown, Chair, HVA

HVA AGM and Summer Social:

Find out more about how it’s going, what we’re doing and how you can benefit; hear three five-minute talks from artists Linda Dunmow, Linda Lipinski and Jenny Leslie; network with other artists from across the county. We can promise an interesting evening with a chance to see the current exhibition at PS Arts.

Date and time:
Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 7.00 for 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
PS Arts, Unit 3C, Mardleybury Farm, Mardleybury Rd, Datchworth, Herts, SG3 6SG.

Members please register your attendance