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Spectacular exhibition of art and design at South Mill Arts





An exhibition in three dimensions is coming to South Mill Arts next weekend (February 25-26).

The Big Makers Fair will showcase work by artists from across Hertfordshire, celebrating form, scale and texture. Visitors will be able to buy exhibits directly from the designers.

The event promises to be "a treasure chest of contemporary creativity, revealing the artist as a maker of beautiful objects".

Julia Fonnereau's textile designs applied to homewares (62473170)
Julia Fonnereau's textile designs applied to homewares (62473170)

It will include sculptures, pieces made with ceramic or glass, imaginative textile work, jewellery and furniture, and will reveal how artists "use a range of techniques to transform material and realise their vision for beauty".

Herts Visual Arts (HVA) is the only visual arts organisation for the whole of Hertfordshire and the Big Makers Fair is the first of a programme for 2023 that also includes the annual Big Art Fair and the Open Studios event in September.

HVA chair Sally Taylor said: "We're excited to mount our first Big Makers Fair after waiting through the pandemic for a chance to organise an exhibition.

Aruna Mene working with recycled fabrics in her studio (62473176)
Aruna Mene working with recycled fabrics in her studio (62473176)

"HVA has a wealth of artists working in three dimensions, and visitors can expect visual surprise and delight in textiles, silverwork, wood, glass and stone."

For South Mill Arts, this show marks a new venture. Paula Holland, operations director of the arts venue in South Road, said: "We have wanted to have visual arts events at South Mill Arts to complement our extensive performing arts activities and we are delighted to show the art of making in our large auditorium space.

"We look forward to more visual art activity in our arts space and in the museum, and have a small advisory group looking at future exhibiting opportunities."

The event runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday (Feb 25) and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday (Feb 26).

Caroline Harris working in fused glass (62473174)
Caroline Harris working in fused glass (62473174)
Simon Langsdale carving a public art commission at St Michael's Hurst (62473164)
Simon Langsdale carving a public art commission at St Michael's Hurst (62473164)
Elspeth Hector with a designed knitted pink scarf (62473172)
Elspeth Hector with a designed knitted pink scarf (62473172)
Bishop's Stortford's Yvonne Estop with furniture and sculptural objects (62473162)
Bishop's Stortford's Yvonne Estop with furniture and sculptural objects (62473162)
Amy Wilson with a woven scarf she made (62473178)
Amy Wilson with a woven scarf she made (62473178)
Linda Gifford working on printed textiles (62473166)
Linda Gifford working on printed textiles (62473166)
June Faulkner painting a devoré silk piece (62473168)
June Faulkner painting a devoré silk piece (62473168)

For more details see https://www.hvaf.org.uk/our-events/big-makers-fair.



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