HACS Is a not-for-profit organisation run by members who volunteer their time and skills to arrange monthly meetings plus an annual lecture and exhibition. Founded in 1922.

HACS committee members can be contacted by email using their [role]@herefordshireartandcraft.org.uk

Sir Roy Strong is the President of Herefordshire Art and Craft Society. A guiding hand at HACS Annual Exhibitions in suggesting content and curation feedback. Living in Much Birch at the Laskett Gardens that he designed. Celebrated as one of Britain’s largest post-war formal gardens.

English art historian, museum curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer. He has served as director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Knighted in 1982.

Portraits of Sir Roy are held at the National Portrait Gallery and some were in an exhibition in 2015 “Roy Strong at 80: Photographs by John Swannell”.

HACS patron is Professor Allen Fisher. He is the Emeritus Professor of Poetry & Art at Manchester Metropolitan University since September 2005. Allen gives talks and poetry readings as well as creating a number of paintings and other art works.

More can be discovered about Allen on his website.

Leads the committee of a minimum of ten officers. The face of HACS at all arts events in Herefordshire.

Supporting the Chair, to create agendas, facilitate meetings and maintain the society’s documentation required by law.

Maintain records of the Society’s income and expenditure. Pay suppliers on a timely basis. Annual report at the AGM.

Maintaining membership records. Issuing forms and receiving subscriptions. Co-ordinating the monthly meet-up. Communication of information to members.

Leasing with potential venues and organisations for not only the annual exhibition but additional exhibitions for HACS members. Determining the style and logistics of each exhibition. Leading the curation and private view teams. This role is currently looking for a volunteer, who will be supported by the 2015 exhibition officer and other members who have experience of curation and logistics.

Supporting the Chair in the organisation of the Annual Lecture. Arranging visits to exhibitions and other artistic events for members.

This role is actually broken down into several parts so that a number of people can provide the skills they have. This is for the publicity of HACS events including press release creation, artwork creation, poster and leaflet management, social media up-datea, news on the website and generally getting the word out their so that HACS exhibitions are supported. More volunteers are needed for this team who have advertising, marketing and publicity experience.

The PR officer is supporting the Chair with HACS public relations –  ensuring that HACS is publicised and continues to grow it’s membership. Advertising HACS events, workshops and other benefits of being part of the Society for it’s members and the Herefordshire community.

Managing the HACS website, ensuring it is up to date technically and assisting the other members of the committee to post items. Keeping the members gallery up to date in liaison with the Membership secretary. This role is vacant but interest shown by a member is being followed up.

Maintaining appropriate records of the history and activity of the Society.

Chair – Jenny Williams –  originated in Surrey, but is now based in Clehonger, Herefordshire. Jenny attended Hornsey Art School and worked in central London as a Visual Mechandiser. Jenny embraces all arts.

Jenny’s oil paintings are well-known to visitors of hArt, Bishop Palace Fest and other local exhibitions. Recent work has been experimental including sculptures from found objects. Also a lover of music, learning the saxophone.


Treasurer – HACS is working with a local student of accounting. The Treasurer completes double-entry bookkeeping electronically or on paper. Compliance with banking and insurance requirements including checking appropriate payment authorisation records are maintained. A report is submitted to the committee once per month.


Secretary – Linda has taken on this role.

The Secretary is responsible for creating an agenda for committee meetings and the AGM. They should be able to maintain effective paper and/or electronic records. They will be asked to make sure that the members and committees actions are upholding the terms of any legal documents relating to HACS including the constitution, insurance and licence/contracts for any venues used by the Society.


Membership – Sue Sumner –  retired from teaching Sue has undertaken an art course with OCA.


Exhibitions This position is available please contact the Chair if you fancy organising, curating and liasing with venues.

Publicity – Kerry Berkeley – Brought up in Herefordshire Kerry attended Hereford College of Art in 1987 completing a diploma in Art and Design. After concentrating on nursing and bringing up a family she’s changed course and has returned to painting.

Artwork – This role is vacant. The volunteer would be creating  the PR and publicity materials of HACS in response to briefs from the other committee members.

WEBSITE – John Phillips The role involves adding photographs to the Gallery, putting on new pages for other officers, amending pages as instructed by other officers. The blog entries are submitted directly by the Membership and Publicity Officers.

Events – Pauline Churchill Studied at Hereford College of Art, worked at Hereford Fine China. Abstract painter.

Archives – Roland Bufton. Keeper of the historic publicity and information that’s held on HACS. Working in mixed media to produce minimalist emotive works.

PR – this role is currently awaiting a volunteer. Primarily supporting the Chair in letting everyone know what HACS is about and doing.