University of Hertfordshire Arts supports the cultural life of the University and its wider community.
Established in 1994 as the University's main arts and entertainment department, it has subsequently grown to encompass a contemporary visual arts programme, a classical and contemporary record label, the University's resident classical orchestra, and management of the University's art collection.
Each year it delivers over 20,000 individual creative and educational experiences across a range of genres; dance, theatre, music, film, visual arts, literature - enhancing the student experience and enriching the lives of University staff and the local community.
Alongside its programme of national and international artists and curators, students and members of the artistic community are encouraged to demonstrate their creative practice through opportunities such as; Eastern Approaches - an annual open exhibition for artists, and JamJar – a monthly live music event.
Working with its internal partners (School of Creative Arts, School of Humanities, School of Education, Equality Office…) it has collaborated on a number of successful creative initiatives and projects, as well as facilitating internships and work experience for students.
A number of highly successful external relationships are also in place, providing further opportunity for the University to support regional and national cultural education and engagement.
Staff within the team develop their industry knowledge and experience through active engagement with the arts and membership of national arts organisations, and due to their sector expertise are often asked to participate on arts boards and steering groups.