UHArts operates separate programming policies in for its exhibitions and performing arts (theatre/dance) programmes. Unsolicited exhibition proposals in all art-forms are welcome, and are divided into 2 sections:

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

Performing Arts proposals

Proposals for inclusion in the performing arts programme (theatre/dance/comedy and literature) are assessed on a rolling basis.

Please note: this section is intended for professional performing arts companies (or individuals) wishing to present projects for inclusion in UHArts’ public performing arts program. Private, amateur or community groups can hire our performance facilities for their own performance events.

UHArts’ theatre and performing arts programme takes place principally at the Weston Auditorium, a 450-seat auditorium on the University’s de Havilland campus. We are also increasingly programming events in non-traditional spaces across the University and have begun to take our theatre programming into local community spaces. We also programme seasonally with performances ranging from immersive theatre to experimental dance. We are particularly well known for our children’s theatre work.

We are keen to look at proposals, which engage with the local community, and those in which our students can participate as interns, production assistants or performers.

We are willing to consider a range of funding models to optimise outcomes for UHArts and the professional performing arts companies we engage, with a view to providing the best artistic outcomes for our audiences.

Please contact Melissa Alexander, Operations and Theatre Manager by phone 01707 281279 or email m.j.alexander2@herts.ac.uk

Visual Arts proposals

Visual Arts proposals are assessed on a 2-yearly basis by the Gallery Management Advisory Group (usually meeting in Spring and Autumn).

The visual arts programme is planned 2-3 years in advance and comprises a range of exhibitions, events and interventions taking place at the Art and Design Gallery on the College Lane campus and, from early 2018, at the New Museum and Art Gallery which is currently under construction in the centre of St Albans.

Increasingly we are interested not only in traditional gallery shows, but also in socially engaged practice, which takes place in the public domain. Please note: UHArts does not hire its exhibition spaces commercially to community groups or schools etc.

We are interested in group and solo proposals from individual curators and artists (as well as from groups of artists and curators). We also welcome proposals from potential partner galleries seeking collaboration on touring projects (including the payment of hire fees). Past collaborations have included Cornerhouse, Manchester, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Focal Point, Southend-on-Sea and Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

We are particularly interested in proposals, which examine Hatfield and St Albans as locations for innovative contemporary practice, and in proposals which engage with our exhibition spaces. Projects where our students can become involved and gain professional experience as interns, assistant producers and/or participants are also particularly sought after.

UHArts has a distinguished history in the areas of modern and contemporary photography and sculpture.

Initial proposals should be:

  • no longer than 1 side of A4 in length (plus, where relevant, up to 2 lead artists’ or curators’ CVs)
  • accompanied by up to 10 (clearly labelled) jpegs (illustrations will be shown to the Gallery Management Advisory Group as part of a Powerpoint presentation and therefore not embedded in the proposal).

UHArts, which manages the exhibitions programme on behalf of UH Arts, operates on minimal core budgets, therefore any indications of potential funding sources (which we would expect to be sourced by the applicant artist, gallery or group) will strengthen submitted proposals.

Finally, we have a limited number of exhibition slots available for competition for unsolicited proposals, and competition intense. Submission of a proposal does not guarantee that it will be accepted as part of our exhibitions program.

Good luck with your proposal.

Any queries?

Contact us by phone on 01707 285395 or send an email to uharts@herts.ac.uk if you have any queries about artistic proposals. We look forward to hearing from you.