Herts Visual Arts members exhibiting at BTC Stevenage

Press Release from Herts Visual Arts


Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow

A recent initiative to display artwork in a business environment has achieved its first success when Sophie Searle, Finance and Operations Manager for Exclusive Care, snapped up a picture by Stevenage artist, Jennifer Foulds, at The Business and Technology Centre (btc), Stevenage this week. 

The exhibition is a joint collaboration between the btc, a business centre community for local start-ups and growing businesses, and Herts Visual Arts, a volunteer-run organisation which promotes awareness of Hertfordshire artists. The btc has provided four floors of wall space for ten Hertfordshire artists, each showing their own original work.  The range of work includes photography, oils, watercolour, acrylics, glasswork and textiles. 

The btc is home to over 50 businesses and is managed by social enterprise, Wenta, on behalf of Stevenage Borough Council.

Commenting on this joint collaboration, Jo Kiely – Centre Manager of the btc, said:
“We’ve had the pleasure of hosting this wonderful artwork here created by local artists and it’s great to be able to be a part of this. We’ve had many positive comments from the businesses based here at the btc and long may this collaboration continue.”

“Here at the btc we’re all about encouraging entrepreneurship and creativity. We provide free start-up business advice, training workshops and co-working space to those starting a new business venture – and this includes artists and other creatives too!”

If you want to know more about Herts Visual Arts, or wish to join, visit www. hvaf.org.uk.

To find out more about the business support services available at the btc, visit www.btcstevenage.co.uk or search btcstevenage on socials.

Note to Editor:  the picture attached shows Sophie Searle (left) receiving her chosen artwork, ‘Pucker Up Mr Hare’ from artist Jennifer Foulds.



About – Further Information about Herts Visual Arts

Herts Visual Arts is the largest county-wide volunteer run organisation for amateur and professional artists and makers in Hertfordshire. An annual programme includes members meetings, exhibitions, Art Showcases, the Big Art Fair and Herts Open Studios.

Many join simply to be part in Open Studios each year – but there is so much more to the excellent value annual membership (currently just £40 per year)

Benefits of annual membership include a gallery on the HVA web site, social media promotion across HVA platforms and a PRIVATE Facebook group to connect with other members. There’s also access to opportunities and a full annual programme of meetings and events, just for members. A monthly newsletter includes news, opportunities and exhibitions across Hertfordshire, as well as hints, tips and articles on Open Studios, marketing and more. Members can also promote their workshops, classes, exhibitions and publications and contribute to the newsletter itself.

Non-members can sign up to our newsletters Free of Charge.

13th-14th July: Herts Visual Arts Big Art Fair.  Our exclusive Preview Night in the evening of Friday 12th July will feature/launch the 2019 Herts Open Studios Brochure as well as Sponsors Choice Award Certificates.

7th-29th September: Herts Open Studios 2019

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 2019, with the brochure launch at the Big Art Fair. There is also a comprehensive advertising and sponsorship offering.

The easiest way to join HVA is online

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