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Courtyard Arts – a self-funded charity – runs a bustling programme of exhibitions, classes, events and outreach activities.  Our small-but-perfectly-formed Centre in Port Vale, Hertford also houses a shop selling cards and unique gifts made by local artists, a small cafe and two private artists’ studios.

Courtyard Arts Gallery hosts numerous diverse exhibitions through the year – encompassing all media and including the work of an Artist in Residence – as well as providing a full programme of exhibitions for the Hertford Theatre Gallery.

Our members play a vital role at Courtyard, not only through their financial contribution, but also through their involvement in local art events. Members meet up at the Centre on an evening each week, giving the opportunity to work on projects and socialise with fellow artists.

Formerly a derelict stables block, the Centre opened its doors in 1996 following the efforts and ambitions of a group of friends who had been meeting to draw together for some years. Courtyard Arts Centre was born, obtaining charitable status and a board of trustees.

Our dedicated trustees – alongside a small team of staff and a pool of experienced tutors – are responsible for running Courtyard Arts Centre.  However, we would not be able to do the work that we do without the efforts of a dedicated community of volunteers.