Opportunities

Plenty of opportunities ... INCLUDING a flurry of activity in and around Berkhamsted, a new gallery opening in Hitchin, and an opportunity to submit work for an exhibition on futurist ecology!! ... read on for further details about these and more.
THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE
Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme

Click here to see a poster for the above scheme which will run from the 3rd October 2011 to April 2012. If you wish to apply for a place on the scheme please contact Nick Thomas (Short Course Administrator at the School of Creative Arts) ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk.
The scheme is open to all artists who can demonstrate that they have at least one year’s professional practice and have not been engaged in full or part time study at an art college or similar institution in the last year. Selection will be on the basis of need, commitment, ability to make best use of the opportunity and professionalism as an artist. For more information on eligibility see http://aa2a.org/apply
The deadline for applications is 19 September 2011.
All applicants will be informed of decisions by 30 September 2011. Applicants being considered for places will need to be free to attend a meeting on 29 September 2011.

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR FIRST ANNUAL CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR AT RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL IN KINGS LANGLEY IN OCTOBER 2011

Herts Visual Arts members have been invited to participate in the first annual Art Fair to be held at the well known Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley.

The school which has a strong arts and crafts curriculum and is famous for its regular events throughout the year is a beautiful venue to hold a fair of this kind.

 The incentive for organising this event is to offer contemporary artists an opportunity to display and sell their artwork in an environment that is unique and attracts a good number of visitors.

Their Advent Fair attracts over 3000 visitors and other fairs during the year attract on average 2000 visitors. Set in 10 acres of lush green fields and trees the buildings in the school lend themselves perfectly as a venue for this event.

The Art Fair will be open for preview on Friday evening (with complimentary wine and canapés) from 7pm to 10pm, and two days of the weekend: Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Food and drinks will be available all throughout the weekend of the fair.

The artworks will be shown in several of the large rooms within the main buildings ensuring that every artist has an adequately large exhibition space. The organisers plan to advertise extensively in the Watford Hemel and Berkhamstead area.

Participation is free!
To book your place, please complete this application form ;OR go to the following link: www.rsskl.org and click RSSKL Contemporary Art.

30% contribution of all sales made will be used for the benefit of the school. The RSSKL school is a registered charity and it is a strong part of the ethos of the school to accept as many as possible non paying or low paying students.

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VERULAM SCHOOL CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR

Creators of unique handmade gifts are invited to apply for space at a
growing quality Christmas Arts Fair at Verulam School St Albans on 
Saturday 26th November 2011. Tables are £25 each and are sold on a
first come first served basis. 

All enquiries to: Phyllis Avery, email phylliskathleenavery@gmail.com

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OBSIDIAN ART

Obsidian Art, based in Stoke Mandeville, are currently inviting entries for “Winter Wonders” 10 Nov-2 Jan). A celebration of British Craft - selected Designer Crafts by British Makers - wall hung and free standing - any medium. Deadline: 5 Oct.
Please email a selection of images to trisha@obsidianart.co.uk along with details on media, sizes and prices together with an artist biography.

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LETCHWORTH ARTS CENTRE
OPEN EXHIBITION 5-27 Oct 2011

Calling all artists!

Each year, Letchworth Art Centre's open exhibition showcases the work of over 60 artists from across Hertfordshire, spanning a wide range of themes and media. From graduates to experienced artists, established talent to beginners, self taught to art lecturers, the artists form a broad group of talents, whose work covers everything from realism to abstract and from the traditional to the experimental.

As an extra bonus for entrants this year, there is a great prize for the most outstanding exhibit – the James Willis award and a place on a week’s summer school at the acclaimed Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. Judging will be by a panel of local artists.

This is an open exhibition that is open to everyone!. This includes members, non-members, students, experienced artists – there are no restrictions. All themes, styles and media are welcome.

Click here to download an application form.

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UPSTAIRS GALLERY
A NEW PLACE FOR ART LOVERS IN BERKHAMSTED

On 9 September 2011 a new Gallery will open above the Post Office in Berkhamsted High Street.

The Upstairs Gallery, a venture by The Way Inn Trust, will provide space for local artists and crafters to exhibit and sell their work. All profits raised at the gallery will be donated to local charities.

The Way Inn is developing this as a community resource for the benefit of everyone involved in and interested in art and crafts. The work shown in the gallery will be selected to fit into the style and ethos of the gallery which will be contemporary, original work from the area in and around Berkhamsted.

The Upstairs Gallery will be run by a small group of volunteer artists and crafters and will feature a regularly changing display of work, exhibitions and information about the local arts scene. There will also be occasional workshops and lectures to enhance our community's interest in art and crafts.

We are looking for artists and crafters who might like to display their work, and also for volunteers to help man and run the gallery.

For more information please contact by email and keep an eye on our website and blog.

 

The Upstairs Gallery, The Way Inn, 268 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1AQ

upstairsgalleryberkhamsted@gmail.com

www.upstairsgalleryberkhamsted.co.uk
Blog: https://upstairsgalleryberkhamsted.wordpress

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RAISING FUNDS FOR THE ODYSSEY CINEMA IN ST. ALBANS

Ann Marie Whitton has donated a spontaneous watercolour and ink image to auction to swell funds for the Cinema restoration project.

It is mounted and framed 52 x 42 cm with a light wood frame.

email: 

contactus@odysseypictures.co.uk

to place your bid which will need to top the latest received of £500 !!..

For further details about Marie's work, which you may have seen featured in the August 2011 issue of Hertfordshire Life Magazine, please visit:

www.art-galleries-online.co.uk/artists/annmariewhitton

Herts Visual Arts are supporting the Odyssey Cinema Appeal at their Art & Gift Fair taking place on Saturday 3 December at the Old Town Hall in St. Albans. Admission is FREE, however donations will be invited to the Odyssey Cinema Appeal.

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earth:NOW:being - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

In a time of concern over rising food, fuel and environmental costs, submissions are sought for work to be exhibited alongside that created by artists Valentin Manz & Christine Cynn inspired by a 16 month collaboration with Church Farm in Ardeley, a high welfare ecological farm close to Stevenage.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Small format works inspired by the theme of 'FUTURIST ECOLOGY' to be shown at earth:NOW:being exhibition in Hertfordshire and London between 1st - 9th October. Feel free to interpret the theme broadly in any 2-dimensional medium. All submissions will be exhibited on www.earthnowbeing.org. Ten works will be selected to be shown as part of the earth:NOW:being exhibitions.

REQUIREMENTS:
Size: up to 20 x 20cm, no frame, on paper or thin board
Submission: digital scan or photo of your work with maximum file size of 5MB; Your details: name, address and phone number

If you are selected to participate in the live exhibition, you will need to drop off your work in London by 5pm Monday 27th September, to be picked up after 10th October. Alternately, you can post your work and if you send the return postage, the prganisers will re-use your envelope and send it back to you after the show.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 15TH SEPTEMBER
SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: earth.now.being@gmail.com

For further information visit www.earthnowbeing.org

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GALLERY HIRE AT MILL GREEN MUSEUM

Jenny Oxley, curator at the museum, is keen to host more art-based exhibitions. The museum and mill are open daily Tuesday-Thursday 10am-5pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays 2-5pm, admission £2.50 for adults, children free, and they currently receive approx 20,000 visitors a year.

The terms and conditions of hire would be:
1. Where possible exhibitors will be from the Welwyn Hatfield District
2. Exhibits will not be insured by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. All exhibits are therefore displayed at their owner’s risk. It is recommended that the exhibitor takes out their own insurance.
3. Exhibitors will deliver and remove their own work from the museum on the agreed dates.
4. The exhibitor will provide a price list, artist biography and any other text required for the exhibition to the Curator a week before the exhibition is installed and is subject to their approval.
5. The dates of the exhibition will be agreed in writing in advance of the exhibition.
6. The exhibitor may at their own cost, have an opening event, the date and time of which will be agreed when confirming the exhibition slot. For evening exhibition launches a further charge will apply.
7. All pictures will be hung with mirror plates and screwed to the wall.
8. The gallery hire fee for exhibiting works in gallery 1 is £50 per 4 week exhibition slot and 25% commission will be charged on all sales.
Interested parties should contact Jenny by email or by post at the addresses below. Please include a short artist biography about yourself, your work and what form you would like your exhibition to take and enclose a colour photocopy, photographs or email jpeg images of examples of your work / URL link to your work, if it is displayed online. Space is available in November this year and then January-March 2012 onwards.
Jenny Oxley
Curator
Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service
Mill Green Museum and Mill
Mill Green
Hatfield
Herts AL9 5PD
Tel: 01707 357856
Email: j.oxley@welhat.gov.uk

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UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE - OPEN EXHIBITION 2011

For full details see Page 60 of the Herts Open Studios Brochure

Application forms will be available to download from 15 October 2011 at www.go.herts.ac.uk/openexhibition

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NEW ART GALLERY OPENING IN HITCHIN - THE ART NEST

Emmeline Webb is searching for Herts Visual Arts members that are looking for a town centre location to promote their work, or running a small workshop class at a new gallery "The Art Nest" which will be opening in October at 4/5 West Alley in Hitchin.

There will be a rolling exhibition space that can be rented out on a monthly basis, to provide customers with an ever changing collection of work. This will run alongside the galleries permanent collection. Information packs will be available upon request for anybody or groups interested.

To celebrate the launch of the new arts venue in Hitchin Town Centre, The Art Nest will be holding an 'Opening' Open Exhibition. This exhibition will run from 1st to 27th November 2011. This is of course a prime time for the Christmas sales period, and Artists are encouraged to think about this when considering their work to be entered. However, there is no restriction on the subject matter and they will by no means only select Christmas themed work.

It it free to enter, and all entrants can submit a maximum of 2 pieces of work each. Full details and conditions can be given to interested parties by email or post contact Emmeline info@theartnest.com
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DRAW / WATERCOLOUR AT ST. PANCRAS HOTEL?

The latest Adult Art Workshops catalogue has been released by the Sir John Soane's Museum, which includes some interesting opportunities, for example

St Pancras Hotel
Thursday 10 November | £40 |
The newly restored St Pancras Hotel is simply stunning. Draw or watercolour in the magnificent interiors for the day and experience this architectural jewel.

For further information about the full programme of events visit www.soaneeducation.org.uk/adults/aaw.cfm

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Entries invited for

Cottered Art Exhibition & Sale 1 & 2 October 2011

for further details click here, and for an application form click here.

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