Courtyard Arts is a unique, artistic hub and community centre located in Hertford.

Courtyard Arts is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am4pm.

The Centre

Courtyard Arts is a unique, artistic hub located in Hertford. Comprising a gallery, three teaching studios, one artist studio, a shop with work from local artists and makers and cafe.

It has been a meeting place for creative minds for almost 25 years. The centre was established as a charity by a group of passionate, local artists seeking to create a space for all to enjoy being creative.

Our Gallery

The gallery at Courtyard Arts showcases an exciting and diverse range of work from both established and emerging artists.

In addition to hosting exhibitions, including our annual Open Exhibition, each year the centre offers up-and-coming practitioners the opportunity to explore, develop and share their practice through student shows, our classes showcase and a coveted artist’s residency.

Art Classes

The classes at Courtyard offer everyone of all ages and abilities the opportunity to discover a variety of media, including ceramics and glass in our fully-equipped studio, housing pottery wheels and kilns.

Our website will help you explore our programme of classes and exhibitions, and to find out more about how you can get involved!


Explore our current exhibition spaces

Upcoming Exhibitions

Clare Pomeroy – Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence at Courtyard Arts 2011.
09/11/2011/by Adam Norris

Christina Pattison – The Beauty of the Earth

Film exploring Christina Pattison’s exhibition at Hertford Theatre Gallery, Dec 2012 – Jan 2013.
21/11/2013/by Adam Norris

Christopher Brooke – Artist in Residence

Courtyard Arts’ Artist in Residence 2014.
26/09/2014/by Adam Norris

Lego Animation – Little Screen Film Club

Animated Lego action scenes produced by Courtyard Arts’ Little Screen Film Club.
21/10/2014/by Adam Norris

Martin Smith – Route 66

Explores an exhibition of Martin Smith’s photography documenting Route 66 – the “greatest road trip of all”.
09/11/2014/by Adam Norris

Tiny Artists at Courtyard Arts

Tiny Artists classes (for children aged 1 to 5) with tutor Polly Kiernan.
09/11/2014/by Adam Norris

Mixed Media with Gillian MacKenna

Gillian and her class express the appeal of the Courtyard experience.
09/11/2014/by Adam Norris

Amber Stevens – Artist in Residence

Courtyard Arts’ Artist in Residence 2013.
09/11/2014/by Adam Norris

Gillian Mackenna

Documentary exploring Gillian’s creative processes, to coincide with her Africa Again exhibition at Hertford Theatre Gallery in 2013.
09/11/2014/by Adam Norris

Graham Boyd

Film exploring Graham Boyd’s exhibition at Hertford Theatre Gallery, 5th – 30th March 2013.
09/11/2014/by Adam Norris

Frances Ewing Press – Fields of Interest

Film exploring exhibition at Courtyard Arts Gallery, Nov 2012.
09/11/2014/by Adam Norris

Courtyard Update

Courtyard Arts took part in the 2012 Hertford Carnival. Footage of the event with a glimpse behind the scenes at the work involved.
09/11/2014/by Adam Norris


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