Harpenden's Art on the Common

June 3rd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Harpenden's Art on the Common

Harpenden’s Art on the Common (AOTC) was established over 30 years ago and is now Hertfordshire's premier outdoor art event. Harpenden AOTC 2018 will take place on the weekend of the 9th & 10th June 2018 opening 10.00 - 17.00 Saturday and 11.00 – 17.00 Sunday. On Saturday 9th June it will coincide with Harpenden Summer Carnival for all to enjoy, where Frosts Estate Agents be there running a stall where you will be able to take part in a colouring competition. It’s called Design our ‘For Sale’ Board and if you win the main prize it's a £50 Smiggle voucher. If you are the talented winner you will also have the delight of seeing your winning board design around Harpenden so come and share your design skills.  

Over the two days, AOTC showcases the very best of local art including paintings, ceramics, fine art photography, sculpture, jewellery, glass, wood and handmade greeting cards. The low cost of the exhibition makes this an ideal event for artists to test the market in a relaxed, friendly environment. All proceeds from pitch charges and sales commission will be donated to Cancer Research UK. The event is set on the wonderful tree-lined section of Harpenden Common close to the Town centre Harpenden Common, St Albans Road, Harpenden.  

Culture and Art only enhance a community and AOTC offers a wonderful opportunity for local artists in St Albans and Harpenden. Recently it has become more and more evident how important art is for those suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and other conditions affecting mental wellbeing. 

Studies have shown that taking part in an art activity has a positive influence on mental health and general wellbeing. It can increase self-esteem and confidence, reduce feelings of isolation and give those involved a sense of personal achievement. There is now a St Albans Arts Team who also organises events and community arts activities in partnership with St Albans City & District Council and a wide range of other organisations.
The aim to use the arts to make a difference to people’s lives Examples of their projects include Larks in the Parks, GO2, Arts on Prescription and UR Crew. They also work in local schools enabling children and young people to participate in innovative arts experiences which are outside the normal curriculum. So much great creative activity to get involved within or around Harpenden and St Albans.

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