University of Hertfordshire Arts (UH Arts) supports the cultural life of the University of Hertfordshire and its wider community.
Established in 1994, UH Arts now encompasses:
- a contemporary visual art programme.
- a theatre and performing arts programme.
- the University's resident orchestra the de Havilland Philharmonic.
- a curated public film programme.
- management of the University's extensive art collection.
Our exhibitions, performances and events take place on campus and at venues within our local community. On campus venues include the 450-seat Weston Auditorium on the de Havilland campus, 2 gallery spaces on the College Lane campus, as well as venues within the Students Union where we programme live music events.
Our performing arts programme offers an inspirational mix of theatre, dance, comedy, literature and live art.
We select the best work from national and international artists, presenting work in our state-of-the-art theatre as well as in a local community setting. We have a strong relationship with schools providing many outreach opportunities using high quality theatre as a vehicle for learning.
UH Arts in Hatfield offers artists space to experiment and develop new ideas. Working with emerging and established artists across all media, UH Arts initiate a programme of exhibitions, projects and residencies in the Art and Design gallery on campus, and collaborates with cultural institution in the UK and Europe.
From 2018 UH Arts within the New Museum & Gallery, St Albans will contribute a vibrant visual arts programme across varied spaces within the Town Hall building, engaging broadly with artists, audiences and the site.
The University’s Art Collection is a dispersed collection boasting 500 artworks across the campuses. Paintings, prints, drawings, photography, sculpture, textiles and ceramics are integrated to enhance the learning environment, to inspire and provoke students, staff and visitors.
de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra
The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra has enjoyed over 40 years of success, giving acclaimed performances of a wide musical repertoire, and engaging renowned soloists. The orchestra brings together over 80 classical musicians under the leadership of their dynamic conductor, Robin Browning.
UHArts Film programme
UH Arts Film programme aims to provide diverse opportunities to experience cinema in ways that entertain, educate and inspire.
Designed to augment both academic and casual appreciations – as well as foster young audiences – our tailored events offer the chance to gain deeper appreciation of the films you know, and exciting introductions to the films you don’t.
Enriching cultural life
Every year UH Arts delivers over 20,000 individual cultural and educational experiences across a wide range of genres enhancing the student experience and enriching the cultural life of staff and the local community across Hertfordshire.
Find out how you can get involved with UH Arts. There are a range of ways to get involved including workshops, friends' memberships and volunteering to name a few. We look forward to welcoming you to UH Arts.