News from Richard Bavin, HACS member

02 - Young Oak on Quarry Edge

Lea and Paget’s Wood

Treefest at Westonbirt Arboretum
The Arborealists are showing work in the Great Oak Hall as part of the annual Treefest this year and I’ll be there all day on Tuesday 30th August.
Treefest dates:
Friday 26th to Wednesday 31st August, 10 – 4pm
Arborealists show:
Saturday 27th to Monday 29th August, 10 – 4pm

My year’s residency with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust in this special ancient broadleaf wood is flying by, and now the canopy has closed over to create a world of low light and greens of every hue. I am keeping a blog and will be showing a selection of outdoor and studio works at h.Art (at Venue West PS The Print Shed, Madley from 10 – 18 September 2016.).

Richard Bavin, HACS member.



Open Eyes, Open Minds

apple store gallery leaflet It’s the last few days to get along to the exhibition of work by HACS members Stella Hidden and Beryl Morgans at Apple Store Gallery.

Stella has created vibrant acrylic abstracts.
Beryl has created new pieces of glasswork in eye-popping colours.




Next HACS Coffee Meet-up 6th Sept

hArt brochure page HACS venueNext members meeting a11:00am Tuesday 6th September at The Courtyard meeting room.

We’ll be discussing h.Art which starts on the Saturday 10th to make sure everyone has their work ready to bring and hang and has agreed their stewarding times.

Time-permitting we will discuss our experiences of getting work framed for exhibitions including swapping information about experiences with local framers.

Non-members are welcome to come along and see what HACS is about. We had two people join at our last meeting.

If anyone would like a taste of being on the committee or has additional time to offer please do come along to the Committee Meeting at 10 a.m. which is held on one of the sets of chairs on the landings (bring a drink up with you).



Not .. Being Boring

HACS Exhibition at The Courtyard will be displaying a series of works created in workshops led by local artist Lois Hopwood. Encouraging the participants to leave their preconceptions at the door and just be creative! The Gallery at The Courtyard showcases the results of the workshops, and other HACS members have submitted work for one of the canyons. Be the first to see these works at the Private View on Friday 8th July.

Working in collaboration with Hereford College of Arts whose principal Abigail Appleton will be opening the event. There’s also live music and dance performance on the Friday of the Private View.

HACS Exhibition The Courtyard – Entries information

Members should should have brought work in to be photographed on Thursday July 16th. Work will be selected during the week 4th-8th July. You will be notified by email or phone if your work has been selected.

Members who took part in the workshop please come in on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday – Lois will be there in the gallery upstairs and we will be sorting the CA workshop products and doing more! Bring in all your work on any of those days.

Photobook project

Take some digital photos of any object that catches your artist’s eye.
Google ‘photo box’ .
Choose a small book and upload your photos. No text, no tilting, just a white background.
Photo box will print a small book and send it to you to add to our exhibition in July.
I paid £11.80 for mine, not too onerous I thought and I have some great ideas to work from in the future as well as an interesting addition – I hope –  to the up-coming exhibition at The Courtyard exhibition!

Annual Art Exhibition 2016

artist creating a painting

It’s going to be the artiest place to be in July – The Courtyard in Hereford. Members of HACS (as Herefordshire Art & Craft Society) is affectionately known, will be exhibiting their work. The Gallery on the second floor will show work on the theme of “Figuration into Abstraction” as some HACS members show the results of some workshops which they’ve been doing with Lois Hopwood at the Hereford College of Art studios to expand their art practice. In the canyons will be recent work from other members of HACS.

HACS’ constitution requires the committee to arrange an annual exhibition of members work. The committee is made up of members who have volunteered some of their time to curate and publicise exhibitions, arrange event visits, and undertake the Society’s administrative needs.

Notice of workshops

Figuration into Abstraction Workshops



Curious about curation? Excited about exhibiting?

photograph of HACS exhibition curation 2015 My dad had a saying that he’d often cite “you’ll get out of it what you put in to it”. With this in mind when I joined HACS in 2015 just before their second exhibition of the calendar year, I thought I’d go beyond participating and commit to offering some time to help and learn.

HACS second exhibition of the year started on Valentine’s Day 2015, at the Greenstage Gallery, Bishop’s Frome,  just over the Herefordshire border, in Worcestshire. The gallery is an agency gallery, where Will Pudge promotes the vibrant fresh and original work of emerging and contemporary artists to collectors internationally and at the Art Fairs in Bristol and London.

Allowing HACS to use the Gallery’s Own Art, interest free scheme for works over £200, and other facilities, subject to a small commission, the space was HACS for the duration as long as HACS stewarded the exhibition throughout. Will offered his experienced eye to assist in the curation of the exhibition.

So it was the day before the preview, that the Chair, Jenny Williams and myself dropped the last paintings to the Greenstage Gallery. My first task was to hop up the ladder to get to grips with the hanging systems squeeze and pull clips. Whilst Jenny ensured we were putting the pictures up the right way. Spacing two hangers per piece of art, with an agreed space between each artist to give a flow to the work as the viewer moved around the room.

Will had already started to lay out the pieces that had been received to fit the various areas of space in this permanent exhibition gallery. The table and cabinet spaces being taken by HACS 3-D members work, plus cards and promotional materials.

It was an interesting few hours as the huge variety of subjects, painting styles and sizes were hung and unhung, moved and re-moved as three people’s opinions were considered.

Despite that the hang went up incredibly quickly and once spacing had been checked it was time for coffee and cake break from the on-site café. Then it was back along the rows of work with labels which had been created by the Chair’s other half, and to level out any errantly slanted pictures.

What I got out of it was a very speedy introduction to the variety of art that is produced by members, a chance to understand how an agency gallery works with it’s artists and collectors, and how to hang an exhibition of great variety.

Wrapping and payment systems discussed, instructions were left in the sales book with artist contact details. Lights out, doors locked and then it was off to the wine shop to confirm the all important drinks for the Private View.

All HACS members are welcome to offer their skills or time to assist with exhibitions at any stage of the process . Email exhibitions@

As recalled by Kathryn Sassall