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Local Artists Are Shaping The Herts Art Scene!

Local artists have been giving ideas to the Herts Visual Arts Forum. The county-wide community for artists and makers who love art wanted feedback about the support it offers and ideas for the future. Our artists delivered!

"We are grateful to everyone who have their thoughts about HVAF," says Sally Taylor, Chair of the Herts Visual Arts Forum. "We work hard to establish a supportive community of creatives and an inclusive programme of events. However, it's what our members think that really matters.

"Two themes were incredibly important to our artistic community," explains Sally. "The first was opportunities to showcase and sell work. We offer several events including Herts Open Studios which is extremely popular throughout the county, involving exhibitions and workshops.

"The second theme was community. Our members value the opportunity to network with, and learn from, like-minded people who love art. From regional meetups to webinars, we support each other in developing and selling our work.'

Sally adds: "We hope that by building on what really matters to our members, we can encourage other people who love art to get involved."

Are you an established or budding artist? Would you like to show or sell your work? Maybe you love art and want to know more about it? Herts Visual Arts Forum is for you ... add us to your Christmas list or treat yourself to membership! Even better -  a 50% discount is available until 31st December.

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Herts Visual Arts (HVA) and Letchworth Educational Settlement are delighted to announce their new partnership

Herts Visual Arts (HVA) and Letchworth Educational Settlement are delighted to announce their new partnership, starting from 1 April 2023. This collaboration brings together the 300+ Hertfordshire artists and craftspeople of HVA, with the teaching facilities and centre for creative and life-long learning run by the Settlement at its centre in Letchworth Garden City. There are many strands to this partnership. It will benefit practising artists and makers in the county, and bring an exciting range of new courses to the public at the Settlement. Local creatives who are members of HVA will have new opportunities to develop their skills and income through teaching.

The first fruits of this partnership will be seen in the Settlement’s new Easter School, which runs from 1st to 6th April. Approximately half of the 15 workshops taking place are being offered by HVA artists. This programme of one off, one day workshops introduces exciting new crafts such as willow weaving, and linocut printing to the Settlement.

Nick Skinner, Manager of Letchworth Educational Settlement: “We are excited to have forged this partnership with HVA. Any education centre is only as good as its teachers – and through HVA and its talented membership we can source new tutors, offer new subjects to study, and offer artists a second income stream through teaching. Everyone benefits".

A second strand of the partnership is joint marketing – HVA and the Settlement will join forces to promote Hertfordshire's artistic talent, exhibitions and creative learning. HVA is well known for organising the annual Open Studios event, in which artists and crafters exhibit their artworks and working processes to the public. In addition to this, HVA provides a platform for their members to promote work all year round - via its website and online galleries, a quarterly magazine and the Open Studios brochure. The Settlement also has a community of members and a wide reach within North Hertfordshire as a result of its educational and community activities that draw a large number of people to the Centre each week.

Val Lawson, HVA North Herts Area Coordinator: “HVA sees great potential in this partnership. We complement each other in what we do, and by working together we can promote and encourage the incredible creative talent we have in Hertfordshire more effectively. We're also pleased to offer our artist members new ways to develop their professional skills and practices".

HVA’s Spring magazine will be available in early April and will include more details about workshops and joint initiatives between the Settlement and HVA.

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For more information about this partnership, please contact Nick at manager@letchworthsettlement.org.uk and Val at nherts@hvaf.org.uk

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