The Ayot St Lawrence Art Show started in 1974, and each year attracts many hundreds of visitors. It is held in the Palladian church, with a wide variety of art styles displayed on well-constructed display stands. In addition to the framed art available for sale, there is a much sought-after selection of unframed art, and a selection of art-based greetings cards designed by the artists.
Dates for 2017 are Saturday 10th June to Monday 12th June, with the Preview evening on Friday 9th June. We are presently developing a new website, and exhibiting artists will be able to make their entries via this, together with inputting their details for the catalogue directly, as well as paying their exhibiting fees. We hope to have this up and running by March, but will be including more information on this site, as well as linking to the new one.
As in recent years, the same weekend will see the opening of 2 gardens in the village: 2 Ruins Cottage and West House, together with the Brocket Arms Annual Summer Beer Festival. Scroll down for photos of all these events in previous years.
The invitation-only Friday Preview evening on 9th June 2017 will set a friendly and upbeat tone to the Show, which opens to the public over the following Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Preview evening will, as usual, feature a band and a wine tent, and will cost £8.00 per person, including a glass of wine and canapés. Entry to the Show from Saturday onwards costs £1 per person (free for children, seniors and for those who show a NGS pass from their gardens visit); there will be a tea stall selling an excellent selection of home-made cakes, scones and hot and cold drinks.
The Art Show raises money for conservation of the Palladian church and other projects within the village; artists pay a fee to display their work and a commission in the event of a sale. In recent years, the show has generated some £40,000 of profits, and in 2016 £10,400 was raised. Do contact our Artistic Director Suzanne for advice about 2017, or fill in and send us the enquiry form below. Please scroll down and enjoy some of the many photos sent to us of our recent Shows! http://email@example.com
2015 was the first Art Show for our new vicar, Bonnie Evans-Hills; we hope she approves!
Wheathampstead artist Sarah Collins painting at the Show
On Preview evening, we wonder whether some come for the canapés rather than the art...??
A nice day out in unusual surroundings....
The flower arrangements enter the Art Show vibe
Yes, we are taking credit cards this year... thanks to Steve concentrating in the corner, a clever device called a Mifi and our IZettle machines.....
In 2015 the art crept into the Open Gardens too - here at Ruins Cottage.
Another shot of Ruins Cottage garden with the old church in the background
More sculpture in the gardens of West House, just across the road from the old church
West House sculpture
Another form of art at the Brocket Arms Beer Festival, the same weekend in the village