Coronavirus Update

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.


Events Update:

Big Art Showcase
After a fabulous launch, including sales before it even opened, the New Maynard Gallery was shut at 1 hours notice earlier in March. Our 3D art remains safely locked inside the building (think of it as safe off-site storage that doesn’t take up studio or living room space) and we await information about safe collection access.

LivingCraftsShowcase (Hatfield)
Living Crafts have now confirmed that the event is postponed until mid October 2020. We will be working with the organisers to see what this means for us.
Summer meeting/AGM 13th July 2020
This will now be virtual, via Zoom, launching #HertsOpenStudios 2020 and including our annual AGM.
BigArtFair (Hitchin) 2020
This amazing event is also caught in the middle of the storm – Hitchin Town Hall is now closed for the foreseeable future and July is too soon to make assumptions. BAF has grown to be such a fabulous event however, a real jewel in the calendar. The physical fair is therefore postponed to the same time next year. The hall is already reserved for July 2021 …
You may have spotted an updated Big Art Fair area in the For Artists area of the web site. The need to cancel arrived just as we were about to upload booking details for this year. At the moment, it therefore remains empty, but it will be filled with further information as soon as we get time to upload it.
In place of BAF and some of our other physical events, we will be announcing specific on-line opportunities based around new and updated web site features and galleries that will be launched soon. As always, we’ll have help videos in the web site members area to help get you started. 


#HertsOpenStudios 2020

Herts Open Studios will be going virtual for 2020, starting with a launch event on July 13th and registration re-opening on 14th July 2020. All registration guidelines and visitor information will be updated as soon as possible.

Those who have already booked will be able to receive either a partial refund (against the revised Open Studios we are currently putting together) or a full refund if you decide not to take part in the new event.

A virtual event does mean further changes to the web site, but rest assured we are updating information and announcements as soon as we can.