March 2014


Welcome to the March 2014 edition. As well as setting up the exhibition at Harefield Hospital, the pop-up shop in Watford, and preparations for Herts Open Studios 2014, our volunteers have been busy organising our presence at Living Crafts and The Herts Show both taking place in May this year.

Herts Open Studios 2014

Do email if you have space for a colleague to share your venue or you would like to participate but need a venue as I am starting to receive enquiries and will be able to put members in touch with each other. Detailed here are contact details for your Area Coordinators, and dates of meetings taking place this month in your area. Remember that the deadline for applications is 31 March 2014.

Forthcoming HVA Events

The first two events of the year - our social at the Red Lion in Hatfield, and the Social Media Workshop in February were very well received.  Our next members event is a Photography Workshop that is being held on 2 April details follow, plus dates for your diary for the rest of the year.

Exhibitions & Events

Art exhibitions and events across Hertfordshire taking place during March/April 2014.


The HVA exhibition is now showing at Harefield Hospital until 13 May.  If you are visiting the hopsital do take a look round the site to see work by Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Catherine Yass,  Susan Aldworth, Quentin Blake & Robert Ryan.  The current exhibition at the HVA/East Street Arts Pop-Up Shop in Watford will be open until 14 March.  See 'Allez Allez' by Lisa Takahashi at the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition this month.

Featured Artist: Belinda Naylor-Stables

Stories are at the heart of Belinda’s paintings – she uses the natural world to provide a stimulus for her imagery, then after some deep thought she sets to work in extended bursts of creativity telling a story through art. Her work is inspired by Romantic Expressionism and by decorative work based on pattern, with influences from Africa and the Far East. Fiona Gaskell discovers how Belinda Naylor-Stables uses techniques learnt at art college to trigger inspiration, and she explores the scope of Belinda’s resulting creativity.

Jo's Web Wizardry

For this months’ Web Wizardry article I will be providing a summary of some great blogs and websites which provide advice when photographing artwork. It is such an important element of presenting our work, often with decisions resting on the quality of these shots.

Belinda's Bash

When isn’t it art?

Art pervades our lives or what we do – from normal things like waiting for a tube through to creating a dramatic event. The everyday ordinary to the novel spectacle all involve artistic choices – and not necessarily just by the artist. Three people I came across during February make me wonder, ‘When isn’t it art?’