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Second subway gallery unveiled

Friday 9 October 2020

A second pedestrian underpass has been turned in to an art gallery following a DEFRA Air Quality Grant.

Photo: Hertfordshire County Council

The artworks are a mix of permanent reproductions of works by the famous British artist Alan Davie RA from the Hertford Arts Hub, with work provided by artists from the Hertford Art Society.

The gallery is the second to be installed after the St.Andrew Street subway was also enhanced in July.

Other subways in the town also feature works by local schoolchildren.

Bob Deering, the Mayor of Hertford said: "I'm so glad we've been able to renovate Hertford's subways, the London Road subway being the latest. They are an important link from one side of the town to the other and facilitate walking and therefore our clean air initiatives and well-being. When you throw in the opportunity to showcase local art as well this has been a terrific programme of improvement."

Graham McAndrew, East Herts Council’s executive member for environmental sustainability, said: "There are some intriguing works of art along the subway and they make it a pleasure to walk through it. It’s a good reason to leave the car at home and take a walk along a traffic-free route benefitting our own health and making a small contribution to better air quality and reduced carbon emissions in our town."

The project is part of an initiative to improve walking routes across Hertfordshire to encourage active travel in support of the county council's Local Transport Plan.

Claire Robinson of Hertford Arts Hub said: "We are delighted to be part of this project to enhance the walking environment for the public in Hertford.   People travelling by foot will now be able to discover more of Alan Davie's wildly adventurous artwork.  The images selected for this subway highlight his energetic flow of creativity and we hope will provoke intrigue in subway users and be a highlight of the journey to their destination. Alan Davie's original artworks are on show in our main gallery (unfortunately temporarily closed at this present time due to the Covid-19 pandemic)."

Geoff Bennett, from the Hertford Art Society, said: "The Hertford Art Society is delighted to contribute to the town's environment with pictures in the London Road underpass.  We encourage anyone interested in creative arts by providing Talks, Painting and Drawing sessions, Workshops and Exhibitions, all held in the United Reform Church Hall, Hertford."

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