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Herts Open Studios Exhibition | Hillary Taylor


  • Trestle Theatre Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive St Albans, England, AL4 0JQ United Kingdom (map)

Art forms: Drawing, Mixed media 2D, Mixed media 3D, Painting, Photography

Well-known for her composite townscape drawings, here, Hillary is here returning to her 3D and abstract roots: painting, photographs, pieces created using found objects and more. Strongly influenced by both her engineering background and love of travel, this collection contains apparently separate collections linked by structure and detail. Colour, pattern, materials and shape are golden threads running through all of Hillary’s work. Drawings include St Albans/local and international composite architectural drawings that represent a slice of life, a sense of history - each one with it’s own unique story.

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About Herts Open Studios:

Herts Open Studios 2019 – What will you discover this September?

From 7th-29th September 2019, Herts Open Studios again brings artists, artisans and art-lovers together. 3 weeks of inspiration, discovery and rich opportunity, bring art into the heart of our communities across Hertfordshire. Established almost 30 years ago, it’s a popular and well-established part of the Hertfordshire annual art calendar.

With 71 venues around our county, professional and amateur visual artists, makers and designers are opening up their homes, studios, exhibitions and events to the public. From solo artists through collaborations to community projects, there’s something for everyone. Whether visiting by yourself or with friends or family, each venue is an opportunity to experience diverse in-progress or finished work, to meet artists and talk about their craft and creative process.

Variety, Creativity, Personal Journeys: Our brochure and on-line galleries offer a glimpse of the huge range of experiences awaiting visitors. From jewellery through functional and decorative items to larger statement and outdoor pieces. Some of our artists are just starting their journey, some are internationally renowned. Perhaps you want to focus on people and artforms you know or like. Another option is to plot a trail to visit venues for the adventure. From fields of sculptures, through international exhibits to work being created in situ, who knows what you will discover.  

Original, affordable work: Each venue is free to enter and there really is no obligation to buy – the real purpose of Open Studios is for the experience. However, if you are looking for something special, or something catches your eye, it’s a great opportunity to purchase direct from the artist. From greetings cards, though prints to original statement pieces, there’s something for every pocket. There’s also something unique and special in understanding the story behind or in a piece of art that you later take home to enjoy.

“This years’ signature image is a thumbprint – representing the unique individual style of each of our artists. With, many new artists joining our event alongside long-standing participants, there is just so much to explore.” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “Each year I set myself a target to visit as many Open Studios Venues as possible.  I continue to be blown away by the warmth in every welcome and the amazing work and inspiration from every artist I visit. Where will your journey take you?”

It’s Free: Venues are free to enter, with a mix of working studios, demonstrations, exhibitions, workshops and more. From early designs to finished pieces, you can see and experience work first-hand. You might even be able to try something yourself. 

Entry is free and the exhibition is open during our normal Arts Base hours, please click here for more information. For enquiries about the exhibition space at Trestle, please contact our Gallery Programmer Elaine Johnson on gallery@trestle.org.uk | 01727 850950