Herts Visual Arts 2020 Big Art Showcase at the New Maynard Gallery

15th January 2020                                                                                                  

2020 is a great year to be a Herts Visual Arts Forum member and event visitor.  Not only are we celebrating 30 years, but it’s also Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020.  This means there is even more going on and even more reasons to be part of our thriving art community. 

We are delighted that The New Maynard Gallery in Welwyn Garden City invited us back to stage our Big Art Showcase 2020. Earlier in the year than usual, this is an excellent opportunity for Herts Visual Arts members to showcase their work in this popular and vibrant gallery space. Our exhibition provides exposure and exhibition experiences for our artists and also ties in with the Hertfordshire Year of Culture March theme of Access the Arts.  What better way than to work with this local gallery, all our artists collaborating to bring a fantastic exhibition to this community gallery space.

As always, our Showcase will include a rich variety of 2D and 3D art produces by talented artists from around Hertfordshire.  Herts Visual Arts Forum has come a long way since the first founder artists opened their studios to passing visitors- the first Herts Open Studios.  Now, with hundreds of member artists, we offer a range of exhibition opportunities, an annual conference plus regular members meet-ups, and the opportunity list for our members gets better with every passing year.

Taking part this year, we have a mix of artists from amongst our very earliest members to artists who have only just joined us. Artists and visitors alike will also be warmly welcomed by gallery trustees and volunteers for a packed and lively Private View evening on Thursday 27th February 2020. A huge range of techniques and subject matter across the Showcase includes paintings, prints, textiles, glass, drawing, ceramics, jewellery and much more filling the walls and cabinets with a wealth of colour and style. 

Running from 28th February to Saturday 28th March, the exhibition is open for visitors throughout the week.  Almost all work is for sale. Herts Visual Arts members are all artists who live or work in or near Hertfordshire.

“I would again like to personally like to thank the New Maynard Gallery Trustees and volunteers for welcoming Herts Visual Arts into this amazing space” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “We know our Big Art Showcase will be set out with professionalism, care and skill, showing our members work off to its very best.”

More information about the exhibition can be found here:



Further information:

Herts Visual Arts is the Hertfordshire-wide not-for-profit organisation for visual artists.  Run by and for members, HVAF supports artists and makers around Hertfordshire. An annual programme includes members meetings, exhibitions, Art Showcases, the Big Art Fair and Herts Open Studios.

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28th February – 28th March 2020:  Herts Visual Arts Big Art Showcase, New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City,  AL8 6BX  A rich mix of creativity and skill on show for this annual Herts Visual Arts member’s Big Art Showcase, around 60 Hertfordshire artists and artisan makers taking part. First in a series of annual member-led events, a visual feast awaits gallery visitors with a wide range of paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media and more on display. All work is for sale. Herts Visual Arts members are all artists who live or work in Hertfordshire.

18th-19th July 2020: Herts Visual Arts Big Art Fair.  Following on from the outstanding success of our previous summer events during the Hitchin Festival, we’re delighted to bring the Big Art Fair back to Hitchin during this year’s festival.  Art by over 50 2D and 3D talented Hertfordshire artists, artisans and makers will be on display at Hitchin Town Hall.  All work will be for sale, with opportunities to meet the artists.  Visitors are welcome to our Preview Evening on Friday 17th July that will feature/launch the 2020 Herts Open Studios Brochure (Anniversary Edition).  Sponsorship opportunities also available.

12th September – 4th October 2020: Herts Open Studios 2020 – celebrating 30 years, and also tied in to the Hertfordshire Year of Culture theme: Meet the Maker.

Registration for Open Studios participating Artists starts in March and is open until the end of April.

Herts Open Studios is Herts Visual Arts annual flagship event, when artists open their doors to visitors. Details of participating venues and artists will be available on line and in print from summer 2020, with brochure launch at the Big Art Fair.


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Press Release by Hillary Taylor chair@hvaf.org.uk

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