Exhibitions & Events

Plenty to visit this month across the county ...


3 - 27 October 2012, Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm or by appointment
Location Ian Rastrick Fine Art, 38 Holywell Hill, St Albans,
Hertfordshire, AL1 1BU


By Samuel Butler
Published in London, 1817
133 x 77 x 24mm
Bound  2010
A conservation binding in hand-coloured hand-made paper. (Photograpy by Prudence Cumings Associates Ltd)


'Poems & Pieces 1911 to 1961'
By Frances Meynell
Published by Nonesuch Press (482 of 750), 1961
235 x 155 x 16mm        
Bound 2011
Bound in chocolate brown goatskin with multi-coloured onlays. (Photograpy by Prudence Cumings Associates Ltd)


'Kora & Ka'
By HD (Hilda Doolittle)
Published by Bios Press, Berkeley, California, 1978. [Edition of 600]
200 x 95 x 9mm
Bound 2006
Semi-limp vellum binding with brush-painted title lettering by Sue Hufton.


'The Song of Roland'
Unknown author: translated by Jessie Crosland from Oxford (Bodleian) MS Digby 23 (twelfth century)
Published in London: Chatto & Windus 1907           
150 x 118 x 15mm
Bound 2007
Bound in alum-tawed goat with native-red onlays; rough gilt edges.


By Maurice Baring
Published by Seven Acres Press at Long Crendon 1924
174 x 250 x 13mm
Bound 2012
Bound in grey goatskin, rough edge gilt in Caplain gold leaf, sewn on a concertina with leather-jointed hand-coloured endpapers, rounded and backed and gold-tooled in Caplain gold leaf (Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd)


'The Odyssey of Homer and The Battle of The Frogs and Mice' [1807]
By Homer (translated by Alexander Pope)
78 x 127 x 29mm
Bound 2011
Bound in hand-coloured hand-made paper. (Photography by John Hammond)




An exhibition of work in a range of different media that explores themes of the social, environmental, difference, belonging, community, culture, urban/rural, city/country.

'Riot', (Mixed Media) by Lotus Jay

There will also be an opportunity to meet and watch artists at work in our new Artist Studios, plus a range of events to support this exhibition, further details will be posted on the following website when they are confirmed: www.watford.gov.uk/space2

Space² Watford has been put together by a hard working group of artists committed to creating a better Watford, somewhere for artists to thrive.  Watford Borough Council Arts team is committed to developing the arts scene in Watford, allowing local and national artists to showcase their work in empty units is the perfect way to bring creativity and vibrancy to Watford.

This is the seventh pop up gallery that Watford Borough Council has created in the town, and is part of the work going on to improve the overall look and vitality of Watford’s shopping areas. This supports existing local retailers by encouraging more visitors to the area and significantly improves the chances of letting the empty unit for the longer term.

'Taxi by the Town Hall', (Linocut) by Beverley Hartley

'Bird in a Peartree', (Acrylic on board) by Bob Wakeling

Space² Watford, 69 High Street, Watford, WD17 2DL (Thurs - Sat, 1pm - 6pm)

Contact Arts Development Officer Alex Hugo on 01923 278150 or alex.hugo@watford.gov.uk



University of Hertfordshire Galleries
Art and Design Gallery
Gallery Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9.30am- 5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am- 3.30pm

James Smith, Hatfield Tech Walkway, 2012

As part of the University of Hertfordshire’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, UH Galleries has commissioned James Smith to create a highly individual photographic survey of the University’s Main Building (originally Hatfield Technical College) and other sites in Hatfield.
Opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in December 1952, Hatfield Technical College was an icon of post-war reconstruction - one of the most progressive and visionary public building programmes in British history.
Definitively modernist in character, Hatfield Technical College and the redevelopment of Hatfield as one of the New Towns, were hugely innovative for their time.
Modernist architecture, which was originally ‘imported’ to the UK by European architects escaping tyranny and war on the continent, is currently undergoing something of a critical re-assessment. After World War II, Modernism was substantially ‘Anglicised’ – integrated with the landscape – and ‘regionalised’ using local materials to create different regional ‘Modernisms’. Internationally, Modernism remains one of the most widely discussed and highly regarded moments in British architectural history.
James Smith’s practice over recent years has been concerned with a topographical study of Britain’s post-war architectural landscape. In this exhibition, Smith offers up a mirror to the viewer revealing the nuanced forms, textures and materials that make up the visual fabric of these specific built environments.
With an encyclopaedic knowledge of New Towns and their development Smith (a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art) has completed signature projects in communities such as Corby, Milton Keynes and most recently Luton. Picking out often unnoticed or overlooked architectural detail, Smith’s photography looks at the cityscape in a brand new way, and asks us to celebrate our post-war architectural heritage.
James Smith’s photographic vision is unique, it asks us to look again at the often mis-represented fabric of our towns and cities and to recall the utopian desire for renewal which aimed to replace Britain’s bombed-out cities and industrial landscapes with spacious and pleasant places to live and work.

For further information please contact UH Galleries on +44 (0) 1707 284290 or uhgalleries@herts.ac.uk

The series has been commissioned by UH Galleries and supported by the Arts Council England. The exhibition will tour nationally to Luton, Stevenage and Peterborough until 2013.
Evening Reception
An evening reception will take place on Thursday 4 October 6.00pm - 8.00pm at the Art and Design Gallery, Hatfield.
Associated Events
11 October, 7.00pm
Lindop Building
(admission free, booking required – box office: 01707 281127)
Elaine Harwood, the leading expert on 20th century architecture at English Heritage will talk about Hatfield and its architectural legacy. Elaine Harwood’s talk will be followed by a showing of A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick’s cult-classic, which makes substantial use of post war architecture and design in its sets and cinematography.
Art Talk Lecture
Tuesday 16 October, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Lindop Building
(admission free, no booking required)
Art Talk Lecture Programme: James Smith ‘in conversation’ with curator Matthew Shaul.
Guest Talk and Film Screening
Wednesday 17 October, 7.00pm
Lindop Building
(admission free, booking required – box office: 01707 281127)
Dr Michael Synnott, (Warwick University Business School), an expert in city branding will discuss the tension between PERCEIVED space – the physical space in which people live and work – and CONCEIVED space – the blueprints and conceptual ideas used by architects and urban planners. Michael Synnott’s talk will be preceded by a showing of archive films promoting the successes of the New Town building programme from the late 1940s and early 1950s.




13 October 2012 at Thame Town Hall OX9 3DP

10.00am-4.00pm £1 Entry, supporting Helen and Douglas House

For further information visit www.sallyevansevents.co.uk

by Linda Cavill

by Starburst Glass



Fate has decreed that at present there is a crop of ‘young’ plein air painters all in their mid- 30s to mid-40s who have formed a bond of camaraderie and mutual support.  Membership of this ‘band of brothers’ is by organic friendship, not committee or selection panel and consists of Adebanji Alade, Antony Bridge, Roy Connelly, John Dobbs, David Pilgrim and Karl Terry.

Members of the Plein Air Brotherhood with Ken Howard, OBE,RA

‘En plein air’ is the term used to describe painting outside. It is French and means 'in the open air'. Painting en plein air presents the artist with a unique set of challenges. Light changes constantly, altering the subject hour by hour, minute by minute. Clouds can plunge a scene into darkness. Sunlight throws a figure into sharp relief. Tides rise and fall. People come and go. The plein air painter must seize upon these moments - distilling from this evolving scene a permanent record of time and place.

They return to the AK Wilson Gallery, 11 Station Approach, Harpenden AL5 4SP for their Second Annual Exhibition. 

Opening Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00-5:30 Thursday 10:00-2:00 Friday & Saturday 10:00-5:30 Sunday & Monday Closed




27 September - 4 November 2012

by Paul Stopler

by Heike Brachlow

Five glass artists now have studios at Parndon Mill and their work will be included in the exhibition. Heike Brachlow makes polished cast pieces which are concerned with movement and balance.  Karen Murphy and Ewa Wawrzyniak mainly work with fused glass, making dishes, bowls and wall pieces.  They also use the process of casting glass.  Jon Lewis and his partner Yuki Kokai operate a hot glass studio, blowing vessels and making sculpture and walll pieces which often incorporate wood and metal.

by Max Jaquard

by Emma Hollis

Newcomers to Glasshaus VII include Emma Hollins whose work caught Karen Murphy's eye at this year's New Designers exhibition.  Recent graduates from the Royal College of Art are Liam Reeves, who has studied and experimented with historic glassblowing techniques, and Paul Stopler whose kiln formed glass explores the interplay of form and colour.  Max Jaquard is know for his outdoor life sized figure installations and it is hoped to install one of these either outside or within the gallery.  Hanne Enemark explores the optics, transparency and fragility of glass.

Taking part once again this year are members of The London Glassblowing Workshop, Peter Layton, Layne Rowe, Anthony Scala, Louis Thompson and Cathryn Shilling.  Peter Layton's London Glassblowing is a hot glass studios focussed on the creattion and display of contemporary glass art.  The studio has a reputation as one of Europe's leading glassmaking workshops.

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ARTIST TALK: Heike Brachlow.  Sunday 21 October 3.30-4.30pm

Heike will discuss her background, influences, working methods and finished works in this image-based presentation.

£3 (including refreshments).  As seating is limited booking is strongly advised.

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The Gallery Parndon Mill, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex CM20 2HP Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-5 Sundays 2-4.  Click here for further information.





Jake & Dinos Chapman, 15 Sept – 28 Oct 2012
University of Hertfordshire Galleries at the Museum of St Albans

Jake & Dinos Chapman, 15 Sept – 28 Oct 2012
University of Hertfordshire Galleries at the Museum of St Albans
Gallery Opening Times:     
    Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
    Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

UH Galleries are delighted to present My Giant Colouring Book, a new Hayward Touring exhibition by Jake and Dinos Chapman, in association with The Museum of St Albans. The Chapman brothers first came to prominence as part of the YBA (Young British Artists) movement of the 1990s. They featured in the Royal Academy’s seminal 1997 exhibition ‘Sensation’, showing a sculptural version of Goya’s disasters of war. They returned to Goya’s work in 2003 when they caused outrage for painting their own ghoulish imagery over an original set of etchings.

My Giant Colouring Book returns to this method of working, this time appropriating join-the-dot drawings from a children’s picture book. The naïve innocence of the illustrations triggers a wild outpouring of fantastical imagery far removed from the original dot formations. This series of twenty-one etchings, published by The Paragon Press, London in 2004, offers a fascinating introduction to the imaginations of two of Britain’s most inventive and subversive artists.

Many of the Chapmans’ favourite themes are found here, often with a dark undercurrent. Monstrous creatures and hallucinatory scenes emerge, bristling with grotesque humour, and rich in allusions to art history: from medieval images of hell and damnation to Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. The subjects include sabre-toothed owls, psychedelic grinning cats and bears trapped in the belly of the Loch Ness monster. In describing the series, Dinos Chapman commented, “(They) are about how wrong you could make an image”.

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