For artists


Who can join Herts Visual Arts?

We welcome all artists and artisans living and/or working in or near Hertfordshire. Here you’ll find Sculptors, Painters, Glassworkers, Photographers and much much more. With no minimum requirements, we provide a space where members can create and grow, show their work and get involved with others.

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Welcome to Herts Visual Arts 2020 – it promises to be a bumper year.  Not only is it our 30th Anniversary, but we are also fully behind Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 #HYOC2020, playing our part from the very beginning:  our diary of events and opportunities is extra-full this year. Our free Members Conference at the lovely Trestle Arts Base (St Albans) on 8th January is a great way to begin.


Open Studios for artists

Registration for Herts Open Studios 2020 is currently suspended and will re-open once we can announce details of our Virtual Open Studios. At that point, all the current registration guidelines will be updated.

For Herts Visual Arts, the health and welfare of our members, their families and the wider community is our highest priority. 

We continue to monitor the developing news and follow direction from the government, reviewing and assessing our operations for 2020. Although final decisions have not yet been made, we will update you as soon as we can.

Looking into the future, new exhibitions and workshops listings are live on our web site.

We are working hard to make sure Herts Visual Arts remains a great organisation for artists in Herts and more than anything else, we want to ensure your safety.

Already a member? Watch out for our newsletters, go to one of your local area meetings to share and prepare with other artists in your area, catch up with members-only information by logging in 

Not a member yet? We recommend you sign up as soon as possible. This gives you the best insider information, access to members-only contacts and opportunities and gets you ahead in your preparation.  

Artists take part for many reasons, depending on their personal art journey. From artists starting out in their living room or garage for the first time, to established artists with a secure customer base - everyone is different. 

Artists, artisans and designer-makers who live or work in or on the borders of Hertfordshire can take part in Open Studios, but you must first join Herts Visual Arts member.

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Feedback from 2019 participants

'This year I had two other artists share with me and it worked really well.  We are all keen to work together in 2020.'

'I enjoyed the Open Studios experience so much that I would love to do it again and am happy to help if I can.'

'It was a very positive experience and I had a good mix of visitors, sales and a teaching opportunity.'

'My Open Studio was very successful and it was wonderful to meet with people who were there just to see me/my work.'

'I gave out all of my brochures and could have sold my included image 6 times!'

'It's important to give the general public a chance to meet and chat to artists.'

'Pop up shop in Harpenden so perfect location for visitors to drop in.'

'I always enjoy Open Studios.  It's a special part of my year.'

'Thanks for all who help with the admin of this wonderful opportunity for artists and craftspeople to show work and engage with the public.''