Exhibitions & Events

It may take a bit of planning to take in everything you want to see this month ... !

An exhibition of paintings by Rory J Browne

Saturday 2 March 2013, 1-4pm
Sunday 3 March 2013, 2-4pm

Monday 4 March - Friday 8 March, 6-8pm

The Chapel, Highfield Oval, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4BX

'Pink House, Venice'


'Red Berries, Hedgerow'

'Red Autumn Stream'

'Sand Bank, Duddon'





The Project coordinator Charlotte Phillips and friends of the walled garden remain keen that this established annual exhibition continues to sustain the link between garden and landscape making this a unique exhibition well suited to the vision for the garden and its developing art programme.

On show will be a wide variety of work by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists including fine art craftwork and textiles, all with their own interpretation of this unifying theme.

Friday 12 noon-7pm / Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm
Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo, Luton, Beds, LU1 4LF



'FROM THE SHOEBOX'Photographs of Luton & the South East 1945-2013

at THE DEPARTURE LOUNGE, 61 George Street, Luton LU1 2AL (above Betfred - entrance on King Street)

Thurs/Fri/Sat 2-6pm. Admission Free.  Exhibition runs until 27 April 2013.




‘IT TAKES ALL SORTS’ Tues 19 - Thurs 28 March 2013

A wide range of work in mixed media by a talented group of artists with local connections. Featuring HVA members: Ella Carty, Hazel Godfrey & Rosie Rigg.

Letchworth Art Centre, Main Gallery www.letchwortharts.org


'untitled' by Ella Carty

'untitled' by Ella Carty

'Willow Bark Pouches' by Hazel Godfrey

'Doorway 11' by Rosie Rigg

'Resting Willow Figure' by Hazel Godfrey

'Walled Garden' by Rosie Rigg



29 March - 27 October 2013
The Henry Moore Foundation

The Henry Moore Foundation will present Moore Rodin, a major exhibition which compares the work of Moore with one of the pioneers of modern sculpture – Auguste Rodin, running from 29 March – 27 October 2013.

'Adam', Auguste Rodin

This will be the first time that another artist has been shown alongside Henry Moore in the Gallery and 70 acres of gardens at Perry Green in Hertfordshire, Moore's home for over 40 years until his death in 1986.

This ground-breaking exhibition will include important loans from the Musée Rodin in Paris and from public collections in the UK, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.  The Musée Rodin has generously agreed to lend Rodin's Adam 1881, the third maquette for The Gates of Hell c.1881-82 and Walking Man, Large Torso 1906.  The exhibition also includes Walking Man 1899 lent by Musée Bourdelle Paris, a cast of which Moore owned. 'Walking Man has everything that I love about Rodin, especially his wonderful sense of the human figure', Moore once said. The exhibition also includes an extensive selection of drawings by both artists and the first ever showing of a set of photographs taken by Moore of his cast of Walking Man at Perry Green.  This is the first time that such a significant group of Rodin's works has been presented in the British landscape.

Moore's debt to Rodin was profound: 'I began to realise that a lot of things one might be using and being influenced by are, compared with Rodin, altogether too easy. So that as time has gone on, my admiration for Rodin has grown and grown.' He considered Rodin's Monument to the Burghers of Calais, which Rodin himself sited in Victoria Gardens outside the Houses of Parliament, the greatest work of public sculpture in London.

The exhibition, Moore Rodin, is curated by Anita Feldman, Head of Collections and Exhibitions at The Henry Moore Foundation. To coincide with the exhibition, a fully illustrated catalogue will be published with an introduction and extended essay by Anita Feldman and an essay by Moore's daughter, Mary, on Rodin and Moore's collections of antiquities and other artefacts. The revealing interview that Moore gave in 1970 with Alan Bowness about Rodin will also be reprinted.

Anita Feldman said: 'The relationship between figure and landscape is one of the key themes of this major exhibition, for the first time giving an opportunity to see the work of both artists side by side in Moore's own surroundings.'

Richard Calvocoressi, Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, said: 'We are proud and delighted that, through our close working relationship with the Musée Rodin in Paris, we are able to mount this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition juxtaposing the work of two great artists who changed the way we see sculpture.'

The Henry Moore Foundation
Perry Green, Much Hadham, Herts SG10 6EE
29 March - 27 October 2013
Wednesday - Sunday &  Bank Holidays.
Opening times 11.00-17.00
01279 843333




SHORT COURSE: Contemporary Art History
Wednesday 6 March to Wednesday 8 May 2013
6.30pm - 8.30pm

This ten-week short course offers a chronological path through key contemporary art movements from modernist sculpture, to land art and the present day situation.

The course will use works from the UH Art Collection as examples to map out major phases in art history. This introductory course includes: lecture-style sessions; group readings; debates; screenings, and analysis of images. By the end of the course students will be able to describe different art movements, express informed personal views about art and have a better understanding of the UH Art Collection.

Duration: 120 mins each week Admission: £120 full, £90 concessions, £50 UH full-time students

Venue: College Lane Campus

Box Office: 01707 281127 (Monday to Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm)University of Hertfordshire Arts (UHArts)
The Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9EU



TRESTLE ARTS BASE (Cafe Bar) 12 Mar-13 May 2013

On show a collection of work by Jessica Geen created since gaining her BA (hons) degree in Textile crafts at Huddersfield University.

See www.trestle.org.uk  for opening hours which vary during school term times.




Princess Helena College, the independent day and boarding school for girls in Preston, near Hitchin, will hold its first Art Festival on Saturday 16 March. The festival will be a celebration of the work of 30 local artists, alongside pupils' work.

Over 150 pieces of artwork, including traditional and contemporary paintings, ceramics, sculptures and photographs, will be available for sale or to view. A share of the proceeds will go to the registered charity Courtyard Arts and Community Centre.

Cream teas will be served and the gardens will be open for visitors. The Festival will be open from 11 am to 4 pm.




'LINES OF VISION' 28th February - 7th April 2013

'Life Lines'

'Washing of the Water'


The Gallery at Parndon Mill presents an exhibition by Ross Loveday of drypoint and carborundum prints which convey not so much a sense of place but the essence of a particular moment.

The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Off Elizabeth Way, HARLOW CM20 2HP

Tel: 01279 426042








'Cwm Idwal'

An Exhibition of Landscape Paintings by Mike Rollins is taking place 4 - 28 March 2013 at

Letchworth Arts Centre
2 The Arcade
Letchworth Garden City
(Tel: 01462 670788)

Mike Rollins is a Hitchin-based artist and illustrator whose atmospheric landscape and architectural paintings aim to convey a sense of drama and invite the viewer to form their own narrative.

'Pegsdon Hills'

'Mountain Falls'



Zöld Lencse – Green Lenses

An exhibition of photographs on a green and environmental theme by young photographers from the districts (and twin towns) of St Albans and Nyíregyháza (Hungary). 16 Jan - 11 March at Trestle Arts Base.

The photographs from the St Albans district include pictures taken by students from Batchwood and Watling View Schools during outings to Heartwood Forest with professional photographer Pete Stevens.

This event is provided by St Albans City and District Council and managed by the SAASH Arts Team

Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St. Albans AL4 0JQ.

01727 850950 www.trestle.org.uk/


HVA Member Linda Gifford Exhibiting at the Contemporary Textiles Fair.



The Razor's Edge: Sculpture as Matter and Pattern

Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Simeon Nelson.  Thursday 7 March 2013 18.30 for 19.00 at The Fielder Centre, Hatfield Business Park AL10 9TP

Professor Simeon Nelson is a sculptor, new media and interdisciplinary artist working with convergences between science, religion and art and art in urban environments. After working as an artist in Australia and Asia he moved to the UK in 2001 and established a studio in central London.

Simeon produces optically ambiguous objects, installations, modular sculptural systems and videos whose underlying topologies are often obscured by intense ornament. These range from roadside sculptures to 'epiphytic' wall-works to projected architectural video. His work exists in and between the second, third and fourth dimensions. What you get is not necessarily what you see.

In this lecture Simeon will discuss ways in which he reformulates ideas in science and theology and how he work in collaboration with composers, scientists, psychologists and others on recent projects in galleries, hospitals, churches and other sites in the UK, Europe and Australia.

More information about this lecture

This is a free public lecture but please reserve your place in advance by contacting the Events Team on events@herts.ac.uk or 01707 284121







Annual exhibition at Royston & District Museum and Art Gallery www.roystonmuseum.org.uk from 19 January to 16 March 2013.




Led by Curator Amisha Karia and featuring seven works from the University of Hertfordshire's Art Collection, the tour showcases work by Barbara Hepworth, Diane MacLean and others.

Saturday  / 23 March  / 27 April  / 25 May / 29 June

The tour will provide the opportunity to engage with and discover contemporary art sculpture at the University's College Lane Campus.

• Weather permitting. • Subject to reaching minimum attendance requirement. • Meeting point – outside the Art and Design Gallery. • Pre-booked guided tours for groups available year-round.

Duration: 45 mins  / Admission: £3.50

To book your place phone 01707 281127 or email uharts@herts.ac.uk



An exhibition of work by the INSIDEout Artists: Lupe Cunha, Anne Houghton, Lotte Farnham, Jan Reichmann, Sue Sanders & Jane Willis


Art Talk: Series Two (5 February - 19 March 2013)

Please check the room locations and times for each lecture carefully as they vary for the series.

‘Art Talk’ is a weekly talk series that features invited artists, curators, critics and other thinkers of national and international standing, exploring how contemporary art interacts with the social, political and philosophical dimensions of the contemporary world and where it intersects with other disciplines and discourses. 

Week 5 – Chris Bucklow What Making Work Does to the Maker Tuesday 5 March 1pm-2pm A166 Lindop Building

Chris Bucklow will talk about the psychological dimension to making work. He is trained as an art-historian and worked in the paintings department at the Victoria and Albert Museum for ten years. He left the museum in 1989 to begin making sculpture.

Week 6 – Caroline Achaintre Camp Coo and Beyond Tuesday 12 March 1pm-2pm E350 Main Building

Caroline Achaintre introduces the ideas behind her exhibition ‘Camp Coo’, in relation to her previous work. Born in France and raised in Germany, Achaintre moved to London in 1998. She trained as a Blacksmith, before starting her undergraduate degree at Chelsea College of Art. Achaintre completed her postgraduate degree in 2003 at Goldsmiths College and has since exhibited extensively internationally.

Week 7 – Monia Brizzi Art, Psychology and the Setting-Into-Work of Truth Tuesday 19 March 1pm-2pm E350 Main Building

Monia Brizzi’s research on perception and creativity intersects art, science and philosophy. Brizzi is interested in art as a means of mapping and integrating deeply embedded, baffling and conflictual dimensions of self, others and world that are pre-reflective, non-verbal and often outside the scope of ordinary perception, psychological representation and clinical intervention. Through the collaborative inquiry between psychology and art, Brizzi’s work strives to develop new epistemologies for professional practice and education, challenge our understanding of health, well-being and what it means to be human, and expand/humanise evidence base and social inclusion in psychology, psychotherapy and healthcare. Brizzi runs a clinical practice in central London and since 2006 has collaborated with artists and curators as a consultant.   Monia Brizzi is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Health Professions Council (HPC), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), and Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).


Oblique Strategies


Oblique Strategies

Thirteen members of the Artworks Group are showing 'Oblique Strategies I and II' in two exhibitions which run back to back at Courtyard Arts. These two shows by coincidence occur at the same time as Graham Boyd's exhibition of abstract paintings at Hertford Theatre.  Many of the Artworks group were students of Graham's at the Hertfordshire College of Art in St Albans in the 1980's and 90's.
Oblique Strategies is based on the ideas of random prompts in order to release creative blocks first devised by Peter Schmidt annd Brian Eno.