Hertfordshire Open 2020

50 Artists - 80 Stunning Works – The First Hertfordshire Open

On Saturday 4 April, St Albans Museum + Gallery launches a spectacular showcase of works from artists connected to Hertfordshire. The very first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition is a celebration of art in all its mediums, including painting, sculpture, print, film and photography, and creates a visual and sensory spectacle for all ages to enjoy.

Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors. Visitors can also see all 192 entries submitted for the Hertfordshire Open on a showreel as you enter the gallery.

The Hertfordshire Open 2020 is the seventh partnership project between St Albans Museum + Gallery and UH Arts, the University of Hertfordshire’s arts and cultural programme. The partnership has already secured a number of firsts - the first exhibition outside of London in 2018 for Hayward Gallery’s touring exhibition Hand Drawn and Action Packed, and last year thousands of visitors flocked to see Barbara Hepworth: Artist in Society 1948-53 – an exhibition which explored a significant period in the life of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists and saw several of her works united for the very first time.

Commenting on the Hertfordshire Open exhibition, Head of UH Arts, Annabel Lucas, said, “This is a must-see exhibition - perfect for both children and adults to explore and enjoy art in all its forms. You’ll see art you love, art that makes you smile and art that really makes you think. We are so grateful to all of the artists who submitted their work and were overwhelmed by the quality and variety of the submissions which have helped to create a truly exciting exhibition.”

Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Sport, said, “St Albans Museum + Gallery has put art, culture and heritage at the heart of our community. I am delighted to see that the museum’s partnership with UH Arts has brought to St Albans artworks of national and international significance and is now also championing great art with a connection to Hertfordshire. This exhibition looks to be a wonderfully varied showcase of the very best talent working in the region.”

Part of the Hertfordshire Year of Culture, The Hertfordshire Open 2020 is at St Albans Museum + Gallery from 4 April – 21 June. It is open daily and FREE to enter.


For further press information or images please contact Hayley Lewis

on 01707 286065 or email h.lewis4@herts.ac.uk

Notes for Editors

Hertfordshire Open 2020 Exhibition

Dates: 4 April – 21 June

Location: St Albans Museum + Gallery – Weston Gallery

Open Mon – Sat 10.00 – 17.00; Sun 11.00 – 17.00

Free Entry – Suitable for All Ages

The judging panel: Phil Healey, Dean of the School of Creative Arts and Annabel Lucas, Head of UH Arts (University of Hertfordshire); Liz West practicing artist and Maurice Davies, Former Head of Collections at the Royal Academy of Arts.

In addition to the spring exhibition, prizes for artists include a solo exhibition at the Keeper’s Galleries at St Albans Museum + Gallery from December 2020 – February 2021.

The exhibition is sponsored by Marks & Tilt Gallery

About St Albans Museum + Gallery

St Albans Museum + Gallery is the newest addition to the collection of cultural heritage sites managed by St Albans Museums. It joins Verulamium Museum, the Hypocaust, the medieval Clock Tower, Sopwell Ruins and the thousands of objects in the City’s collection in being cared for and shared with the world. Set to be a world-class centre for arts and culture at the heart of one of Britain’s most historic cities, St Albans Museum + Gallery is free to all visitors. It showcases over 2,000 years of priceless heritage and hosts cutting-edge art exhibitions, sharing local, national and world treasures with all. National-touring exhibitions from top UK museums will also be available for visitors to enjoy for a small entry fee. For more information, visit www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

About UH Arts, University of Hertfordshire

UH Arts offers a vibrant arts and cultural programme for the University of Hertfordshire’s campus and local communities, working cross-arts with artists and performers. With a programme of exhibitions, performances, residencies and engagement projects, UH Arts delivers excellent, innovative arts and culture with associated research; offering space for artists and performers to experiment, and audiences to engage and co-produce. Working in collaboration with St Albans Museum + Gallery, and other key partners, UH Arts presents off-campus exhibitions and events, displaying works from around the world in new contexts. For more information, visit www.uharts.co.uk

About the University of Hertfordshire:

The University of Hertfordshire is a vibrant, inclusive, campus-based institution with a vision to be internationally renowned as the UK's leading business-facing university. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel. All courses are underpinned by industry insight and powerful research ensuring our student community of over 24,600 graduates are equipped with the skills and attributes for successful professional lives. The University has excellent progression rates to employment – 96.5% of students are in employment or further study six months after graduating* - and its teaching expertise has recently been awarded the top gold ranking in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2018. It is one of the top 150 universities in the world under 50 years old, according to the Times Higher Education 150 under 50 rankings 2018. For more information visit: www.herts.ac.uk