Herts Visual Arts (HVA) was launched in 1990 as part of Hertfordshire County Council's Arts Development Strategy for Hertfordshire. The aim was to give artists a voice within the county, highlight opportunities and encourage them to establish professional structures and contacts. Artists themselves ran HVA from the outset. Many founder members together with new, enthusiastic volunteers, laid the foundations for the increasingly effective, supportive and active organisation it is today. Our major achievements have resulted from members' ideas and input. An early initiative was our annual Herts Open Studios event. Starting with only 17 studios, it has become one of the county's popular late summer events. There are now about 200 artists involved each year throughout Hertfordshire.

Our newsletter has also grown from a photocopied sheet, to a comprehensive newsletter emailed out to members and subscribers.