Hertfordshire Open 2020 Digital Exhibition
50 Artists - 80 Stunning Works – The First Hertfordshire Open
UH Arts and St Albans Museum + Gallery are delighted to launch the first Hertfordshire Open, brought to you in digital form rather than the planned exhibition in St Albans.
This spectacular showcase introduces artworks by 50 artists connected to Hertfordshire who were selected from nearly 200 submissions. We are sharing works created by established and emerging artists, as well as first-time exhibitors. The wealth of visual art mediums is celebrated across painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, textiles, film, photography and found objects.
The 80 artworks are presented across four virtual gallery spaces and will be launched individually between Friday 3 April and Tuesday 14 April.
Gallery 1 – Now Open
The first gallery features a collection of large sculptural pieces, as well as wall-based works. This diverse group share a tactile quality that awakens a sense of touch and sensory exploration – we imagine running our hands over soft threads, cold metal, rough wood, textured paper and wet clay. Artists play with the poetic and emotional potential of a range of materials, others repurpose found objects to give them new meaning and potency.
Gallery 2 – Now Open
Enter the second gallery which explores the theme of landscape through both conventional and surprising approaches. A sense of place is conjured through abstract paintings, printed compositions, ceramic interpretations, photographic works and paper cuts. Enjoy two-dimensional pieces alongside a cabinet of curiosities – a collection of small, intimate pieces that introduce further themes of domesticity, identity and reclamation.
Gallery 3 – Now Open
In the third space the viewer is confronted largely with works exploring people – from formal portraits, groups and figures in a landscape. Each depiction carries its own narrative, ranging from content that is biographical, poignant, topical to controversial, disturbing and/or political. Many of the works here share aesthetic values that are vibrant, bold and reflective of contemporary culture.
Gallery 4 – Now Open
Robert Verrill, Sweeping Dust, 2018, Video, 2min 2secs
Yva Jung, Morning Dew, 2019, Video, 4min 4sec
Allistair Covell, To The Beat, 2019, iPad painting animated film, 4min 11secs
Discover the Artists
A screenreader accessible version of the labels is available on the artist pages here