A new local TV service which is featuring 4 Herts Visual Arts Members at its launch ... A new gallery in Sawbridgeworth ... Herts Visual Arts Members Hazel Godfrey, Anne Houghton & Rosie Rigg, whose work was showcased recently as part of the 2011 Artist in Residence exhibition at Luton Hoo Walled Garden, and the autumn series of Critical Dialogue at UH...


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Three Herts Visual Arts Members (Hazel Godfrey, Anne Houghton & Rosie Rigg) were amongst those successful in being selected for the 2011 Artist in Residence programme at Luton Hoo Walled Garden, and whose work was showcased during an exhibiting in September 2011.  It was a great opportunity to see the variety of site-specific work created in response to this unique space.
Detailed below are the personal statements from some of the 2011 participating artists.  For further details about the 2011 residency and future projects please contact Karole Lange, Arts Coordinator


Miracle Factory is an ongoing site specific project intended to directly reference the Walled Garden history and foundation by horticultural enthusiast John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, while questioning the nature of collecting and scientific classification.
 When completed in 2012 Miracle Factory will consist of a Miracle installation of approximately 400 Moringa Oleifera plants, grown from seed over the residency period, and housed in part of the derelict Mackenzie & Moncur conservatory at Luton Hoo Walled Garden.  Native only to the foothills of the Himalayas, the drought resistant Moringa Oleifera plant, or Miracle Tree, is thought to possibly be the most useful plant in the world. Miracle Factory has been generously supported by an award from The Juliet Gomperts Trust.
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How can we begin to hear a garden? By focusing our attention on the fact of listening: by waiting for the subtle patterns, ephemeral traces, and rhythms of familiar sounds to reveal themselves - and by stilling our interior monologue long enough to appreciate moments of silence.
The high walls surrounding the garden at Luton Hoo create not only a micro - climate for plants, but also an environment which contains an astonishing variety of sounds: he roar of airplanes, humming insects, the hollow clanging of loose iron gratings when one walks through the glasshouses, birdsong, wind gusting through trees, the murmur of nearby voices - all celebrate the sonic beauty of the place and its community.
Sometimes I record the sounds that I hear - in descriptive writing, or as digital audio files. Sometimes I make objects, which invite us to consider identifiable sounds from a different perspective. Sometimes I lead sound walks to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us.

After five months of listening, I have begun to hear the garden. This, in turn, has led to a new imaginative relationship with the world within and around me.
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My work explores themes of fractured place and time through recall of memorable images. My work uses drawing, print and photography often installed in combination with constructed objects in a variety of settings. The recent series have seen posters use visual narratives referring to unseen events.
 ‘Glasshouse Stories’ explores the themes from the mid 19th Century period of the Walled Garden when it was a kind of sanctuary as Luton was a rapidly expanding urban centre. A new series of posters have been designed using the historical use of flowers as symbols to portray messages in combination with the idea that space within the glasshouses could become a vessel for both personal and historical narratives within these posters and other objects to be revealed and resonate.
 Contact details:
 07841 331137


Between the tilled soil and extravagant planting of the great estate gardens of the past, was an army of under gardeners. Undervalued and poorly paid, the rewards of their labour were enjoyed mostly by the head gardener and estate owner. My intention to research the working life of a 19th Century gardener at Luton Hoo revealed a striking absence of information. As I looked evermore deeply, it became apparent that the absence itself was becoming central to my work.

Thus, 'The Ghost Gardener’‚ Gazebo‚ was conceived to pay homage to the unsung worker. To illustrate, contrast and ground this figure across time, he dreams of higher things beneath a shelter aspiring to the follies of old. No longer absent...

Trained in Applied Arts, Hazel‚ practice as a willow artist combines art, craft and design. Her degree work was selected for Best Emerging Talent, South East‚ and she has participated in several regional exhibitions. Her work was the centrepiece of a Gold Award winning stand at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009.
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 Anne is a painter and printmaker living in Hertfordshire. She also makes collages and freely hanging works on a variety of supports including canvas, fabric and paper using acrylics, oils, watercolour and inks.
 The written word interests her which she often incorporates into her work. For the Luton Hoo Walled Garden residency she will be working on sacking. Sacking has had a number of purposes in gardening including sacks for storing and carrying produce, seeds, straw, etc., insulation of water pipes, as a mat on earth floors, protection to keep rain off and as an apron.
Paint will be rolled onto the sacking with words and phrases inscribed over it in script taken signs found in the Back Sheds as well as names taken from old plant labels which are documented in the archives.
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Ruth is an artist based in London who graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008. She has exhibited and taken part in several residencies across the UK and in Europe.
Ruth is fascinated by the natural, and more specifically, the plant world.
In this project she is interested in subverting the use of the Walled Garden to highlight the species growing within and around it. This is in contrast to its traditional use for growing and showcasing unusual or fantastic plants.
She will focus on wild plants that have been used medicinally, now or throughout history, hoping to highlight the exotic beauty and useful attributes of a dandelion or stinging nettle and their potential for yet unknown uses.
Contact details:
07817 742695


(b.1978 Moscow) draws her inspiration from Russian literature, history and culture, employing moving image, sound, writing and interactive media. Her work uses experimental narrative, fusing together fictional and documentary material.
Veronika received a Masters degree in Hyperfictions and she teaches digital arts at the University of Hertfordshire.
Lady Zia Wernher was the descendant of poet Alexander Pushkin and the Russian Imperial Romanov family. She was the wife of Sir Harold Wernher, owner of Luton Hoo in the middle 20th Century.  Lady Zia inherited many Russian artefacts which were displayed in the Russian rooms at Luton Hoo.
The collection was scattered after the house was sold in 1997.  The collection has inspired stories and speculation, and also a great sense of loss. My work re-imagines the objects from the Pushkin Room, giving them a new fictional past.
Contact details:
;  07804 859220


As a printmaker I work with collagraph manipulating bending and folding card to create printing blocks which when printed endeavour to capture the aspects of the garden in the past and the present. The intention of the image is to evoke visual memory, emotional reaction and a sense of place.
 During the residency I have had the opportunity to delve into the history of the Walled Garden particularly the period around 1899 when Madame de Falbe lived at Luton Hoo.
 The level of production in the Garden grew in this era to sustain the flower displays in the drawing rooms, on the dressing tables and breakfast trays of the mansion. It is difficult to imagine the quantities of flowers, plants and succulent fresh fruit that were grown.
 It was my aim to illustrate this past abundance placing it within a changed walled garden, a space that is held in suspension struggling to abate a natural state of decline and decay.
 Contact details:
 01462 535316 / 07876 017061


For some time I have been interested in gardens and allotments and growing. I have an allotment of my own and I am struck by how counter- cultural it is as a place.
 The allotment is a place of community and conversation, recycling and creativity, of waiting and nurturing, experimentation and failure. It seems to at a different pace to the surrounding town.
 During the residency this year Abi Spendlove has been exploring the quality of time within the Garden. Abi has spent time filming the garden at dawn - a time of day ‚full of potential and waiting. The shots in the film are like moving photographs, highlighting the small, tacit movements within the garden. Abi has collaborated with composer Nicola Hutchinson to develop a soundtrack for the film which has its
 own cyclical movement and is designed to rotate around the film, imitating the progressive cycles of movement found within the landscape of the garden.
 Contact details:
 07834 861105


 The power of art lies in its ability to create a platform upon which people are free to enact whichever role they wish. Kate Wiggs uses live art as a means to better understand interhuman relations. Her work takes the form of intervention-style performance.
 The dance piece created for the Luton Hoo Walled Garden residency is entirely site responsive and is therefore charged with the atmosphere and history of the garden. It has been a collaborative project, meaning the final piece is rich with interpretation, combining the reactions of the artist, dancers and musician. As we have all given something of ourselves during this process, it is pleasing to imagine that our experiences will be added to the already innumerable stories that have been acted out here.
 Contact details:
 blog of the project:



The Tudor House
 Studio & Gallery
 38 Knight Street
 Herts CM21 9AX
 01279 600112

The electricians, painters and plumbers have finally all gone, and Teresa & Andy Bishop opened their new studio and gallery, at the beginning of September.

For the past six years Teresa has developed her Jewel Genie brand, designing and creating her own beaded and silver jewellery and has built up a loyal and popular following. Selling mainly at craft and gift events across the country from stately homes to community fairs, life at the weekends had been mainly spent on the road whilst week days were spent concentrating on her designs in the studio.

Andy also embarked on his own photography business at the same time and his work majors on his passion for steam and heritage railways. A display of Andy’s work is in the gallery. In addition to selling framed prints he also offers a range of other photographic services, such as photographic restoration.

The Tudor House studio and gallery has given the couple the opportunity to invite selected fine and mostly local artists to work with them for their launch. In addition to a wide selection of fine art media, they are also featuring individual and unique works in jewellery, glass, pottery, textiles, pewter, stonemasonry & artistic wrought iron work.

Teresa and Andy will also be offering a series of craft workshops at The Tudor House and already have courses in calligraphy, felting and all types of jewellery making lined up including silversmithing, beading and pearl stringing. In the planning are art courses in oils, watercolours and lino printing and forge experience days with their local blacksmith.



The next series of free lectures and talks brought to us by UH Galleries commences this month.
Series One  Tuesday 18 October – Tuesday 6 December 2011
Series Two  Tuesday 7 February – Tuesday 27 March 2012
Time: 5.30pm (doors open 5.15pm)
Venue: Lindop Building, College Lane campus, Hatfield.
Critical Dialogue is designed to explore how art interacts with the social, political and philosophical dimensions of the contemporary world and where it intersects with other disciplines and discourses. The series will feature invited artists, curators, critics and other thinkers of national and international standing and will incorporate a question and answer session.   

Highlights include:
‘Softkill’ by UH Galleries artist Lyndall Phelps, showing at the Art and Design Gallery, Hatfield in November.
‘Sleepers Awake’ by artists Heather and Ivan Morison work collaboratively and make art as an active engagement with materials, histories, sites and processes.
‘Slimvolume Poster Publication’ by Andrew Hunt, director of Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea.
Critical Dialogue is intended as an intermediate level course for those who have a keen interest and enthusiasm in contemporary art and wish to develop it in a relaxed and social environment with like-minded individuals.

Week 1 (18 October) Dr David Brody Title: “Disordering Design”

Talk Description: Using the examples of American empire and the hotel industry, this talk assesses design and material culture as an agent that can reinforce power hierarchies. The paper concludes with some thoughts about how specific design practices can be disordered and interrogated to foster social change.

Dr. David Brody is an Associate Professor of Design Studies at Parsons The New School for Design. He directs the Masters Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design as well as the Masters of Design Studies (set to launch in fall 2012). He is the author of Visualizing American Empire and co-editor of Design Studies: A Reader.

To book a place please telephone the box office on 01707 281127 or email
Bookings can be made for the entire series or as individual sessions.