Art Van Go started life in 1989, when Viv bought herself a van, filled it with art materials and travelled around the country to colleges, schools, and textile groups. Her mission? To 'take the art shop to the artist'. Through travelling the country, meeting artists from far and wide and building contacts, this led to the need for a solid base. And so, in 2001, Viv and her partner Kevin, bought the bricks and mortar shop in Knebworth to be able to connect all the artists they had met, and continue building the Art Van Go community!
Over the last 30 years, Art Van Go has become somewhat of an institution. An artistic hub for artists from across the country, a workshop space, gallery, and as described by many visitors as, "a bit of an Aladdin's cave" - the shop! From winning the K&S Show's 'Retailer of the Year' in 2006, to organising the 'Artist in Action' stands at the shows themselves, Viv & Kev and their ever-widening team have made quite an impact in the world of textiles.
Have a look through the links below to see highlights from our previous workshops, events and shows!
Click above to see our 'Artists in Action" stand at the Knitting & Stitching Shows!
Although it's been a bit of a whirlwind, Viv & Kev have decided that soon it will be time to hang up their crocs, and are looking to have a well deserved rest (although not just yet)! While they figure out how exactly to 'wind down' the business, the online shop will continue to run and we will still be here at the shop, to take your phone & online orders. Viv may even be looking to run a few ad-hoc workshops here and there - the ones she wants to go on anyway! So watch this space!
Below are just some of the kind words from both our friends and customers...
"I've said it before and I'll say it again - Carlsberg don't make artshops, but if they did.....!"
"A great inspirational place to be with fantastic friendly people. The best place I have ever found with wonderful staff and fantastic courses."
"To the lovely Viv & Kev at the great AVG ... You are so much more than an art store. Thanks for your support, friendship and advice."
"Thank you so much for an amazing refuge from normal life!"
"Fantastic shop full of wonderfully tempting bits and pieces, books, mags. Not to mention truly inspiring workshops!"