Hertford Art Society

Our aim is to encourage local interest in art by providing opportunities to practice, study and exhibit art.

Our membership of 120 people is a mix of beginners, enthusiasts, seasoned painters and one or two professional painters. What we have in common is an enthusiasm for art.

Movement in Art - workshop with Abel Kesteven
Movement in Art - workshop with Abel Kesteven

We meet pretty well every Tuesday evening. From early September to mid-May we run a Winter Programme in the United Reform Church Hall, Cowbridge, Hertford SG14 1PG. In May we switch to a Summer Programme of outdoor painting around Hertford and the local villages. In addition to the Winter and Summer programmes we hold Life Painting classes on the last Saturday of each month, a summer painting weekend in East Anglia, and two exhibitions – an Open Exhibition in May and a Members’ Show in the autumn.

Not all of our Members are active painters – many come along to enjoy the talks, demonstrations and Critiques (where Members opt to bring in a painting or sculpture for comment by a visiting artist or teacher).

Hertford Art Society inside Cowbridge Hall
Hertford Art Society inside Cowbridge Hall
Painting outdoors as part of the Summer Programme
Painting outdoors as part of the Summer Programme

We welcome new members. Come along, even if the last time you picked up a brush was at school - most of us joined the Society as novices. There are no judgements or negative comments – even our Critiques are entirely supportive and constructive.

If you think you might be interested you can come to one of our Tuesday evenings as a Visitor to sample our Programme. If you know you want to join, you can do this by speaking to or emailing our Membership Secretary, or completing a Membership form – the grey column on the right of this page has contact and cost details.

Demonstration - Painting in Gouache by Paul Fennell
Demonstration - Painting in Gouache by Paul Fennell

2020-2021 Critique Winners

Critique winners of the 2020 – 2021 season as chosen by Members

David Stowe
September 2020 Joint Winner
Insularity - Oil

Kathy Burman
September 2020 Joint Winner
M Hotel, London - Collage

Stephen Lowe
September 2020 Joint Winner
Pollinating the Roses - Oil

Michael Radley
October 2020 Winner
All Saints' Church - Watercolour

Mitiko Murata
November 2020 Critique Winner
Abstract of Inner Feeling

The Hertford Art Society is honoured to have the following as President and Vice Presidents of the Society.


  • The Most Honourable The Marquess of Salisbury

Vice Presidents

  • The Lord Laming
  • HW The Mayor of Hertford
  • Dr Waring Robinson MB, BS, FSDC

Constitution of the Hertford Art Society

Based on the original document of 1953 and amendments thereto passed at Annual General Meetings, including 2015.

For full constitution, click here for more details.