Hertford Arts Festival

Designed to showcase and promote the local arts and culture in the county town, the Hertford Arts Festival runs from Saturday 11th April until Sunday 9th May.

During the month-long Art Trail, 43 artists will exhibit work in a prime town centre location across 38 venues. The public can view the pop-up exhibitions free of charge. The Trail is intended to encourage more visitors to the town centre, promote the artists whose work will be on sale and support the venues offering the exhibition space.

An array of media will be on display from sculpture to cartoonist, oil on canvas to pottery.

Venue opening times will vary and selected artists will be offering workshops on site. It is suggested that visitors check location opening times in advance by visiting www.gohertford.co.uk.

A hard copy of the events programme will be available to collect from Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre.

Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “The Hertford Arts Festival is going from strength to strength each year. The participation of 43 artists is going to make exploring the Hertford Art Trail a must-do activity this spring, and the Festival is shining a spotlight on the many cultural organisations which add to the vibrancy of the town.”    

Artists and Venues participating in the Arts Trail:

Deana Kim Page - Courtyard Arts
Mae Norman - Hertford Library
Laura Hudson - Hertford Arts Hub
Various Artists - Brothership
Paul Fennell - The Classic Barber
Greg Porter - Hertford Museum
Claire Costello - The Flower Bar
Amanda German - Mudlarks Garden Café
Natalie Duncker - Frankie and Olive
Linda Keeley - Mudlarks Garden Café
Victoria Leighton -Designer Eyes
Trace Baxter - Concord Trophies & Sportswear LTD
Abbie Dunham - Tierney Salons
Amy Wilson - Concord Trophies & Sportswear LTD
Paula Cherry - Dead Swanky
Emma Gladding - The Secret Space
Kelli Ahl - The Women's Society
Karen Stickley - Skills and Learning Centre
Pedro Suspiro - Magpie Amore
Laura Burns - Eye Mind Heart
Skevi Brodie - Magpie Amore
Claire Carey - Love Flowers
Caryl Beach - LOMO Bar & Grill
William Butcher - White Hart
Sam Rogers - Retail Therapy
Michael Cook - Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors
Sarah Core - Harry Joseph Tailoring
Clive Patterson - Direct Mobility
Bernadette Dunthorne - Mark Wines Antiques
Lucy Sugden - Direct Mobility
Barbara Goult - McMullen's Brewery Window
Steve Baldwin - Scott Sports
Daren Peary - Leaf Café
Lee Wolkowicz - The Traditional Ottoman Barbers
Nikki Roberson - Shepherds of Hertford
Jeanie Sondheimer - Abel of Hertford
Julie Arnall - Rossi's Attic
Ceri House - Hertford House
Emma Marsden - Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre
Nick Shipton - Thomas Childs & Co
Hannah Tuson-Heasley - Cavavin
Jodie Cowler - The Shop
Maria Merridan - Hertford Library

The end of the Hertford Arts Festival will coincide with the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, which is being marked at Hertford Castle on Friday 8th May from 12noon – 3.15pm. The event to celebrate the anniversary of the end of World War II will include exhibitions, photos and story board detailing the lives of local Hertfordshire WWII soldiers, and other exhibitions of artefacts and memorabilia from the war.

Old fashioned games, live music and entertainment reminiscent of the era will entertain the crowds, as well as vintage cars on display.  Hertford Castle will also be open for the first time this year, where the public can explore the Castle and its grounds for free.

The Arts Festival also includes other cultural events in the town including the Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition, Hertford Theatre Week, Hertford Book Festival and The Hertford Art Society Exhibition. More information can be found by visiting www.gohertford.co.uk nearer the time of the event.

Hertford Arts Festival Associate Partners, Courtyard Arts said:

"We are delighted to again be partnering with Hertford Town Council for the 2020 Art Trail. The Trail offers talented artists from the region the opportunity to network, share and market their work as part of Hertford's biggest art event. It will be wonderful to see the town transformed by their creativity in Hertfordshire's Year of Culture."

Media Partners, Zoocha said:

'Zoocha is proud to support the Arts Festival, an exciting community event that provides a platform for local artists to exhibit and for local shops and businesses to attract new customers'.

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