About Us

“To provide a launch pad for all members of the community to achieve their artistic potential.”

Courtyard Arts is a charity providing a bustling programme of exhibitions, classes, events and outreach activities to the community. Our welcoming and characterful Centre houses teaching studios, ceramics facilities, a gift shop and a private artist’s studio.

Our gallery – along with the gallery we curate at Hertford Theatre – showcases a lively and diverse programme of exhibitions from both established and emerging artists. Every year we offer an up-and-coming artist the platform of a residency to explore, develop and share her/his practice.

We additionally give student groups the invaluable experience of putting on professional exhibitions. Our small-but-impressive gift shop provides a further platform to showcase talent and support enterprising creativity, stocking unique items sourced from local artists and makers.

Founded in a derelict stable block in the 1990s, inspiration came from an enthusiastic group of local artists determined to enable all to have access to art in a friendly environment, whatever their age, circumstances or ability.

Over 20 years on – and now bursting at its seams – our Centre is Hertford’s leading visual arts venue, with a warm welcome guaranteed! Our board of trustees – alongside a small team of staff and a pool of experienced tutors – are responsible for running the Centre.

However, we would not be able to do the work that we do without the efforts of a dedicated community of volunteers and the support of our committed members. We’re excited to be at the heart of a burgeoning art scene in Hertford, whilst looking ahead to the next chapter in the Courtyard Arts journey.

Drop by and you’ll always find a friendly welcome and lovely homemade cakes!

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