Organised by Hereford BID and HCA, the hugely successful opening weekend of this brand new festival featured six forges lit in Hereford city centre, as well as the Transition and Forge exhibitions, a family trail and activities, and the opportunity to have a go at forging a ginkgo leaf for the arbour designed by blacksmith and HCA lecturer Ambrose Burne (to be placed in the garden at St. Michael’s hospice).
The festival is a celebration of Herefordshire's renowned blacksmithing heritage, as well as a showcase for contemporary artist blacksmithing practice. Students from HCA's Artist Blacksmithing course ran the forges all weekend, Jewellery Design and Contemporary Design Crafts students made and sold lovely copper leaves in the metal marketplace, and Textiles Design students did a 'Drawing Hereford' project as part of The Big Draw, on Weds 25. The opening weekend went very well! Footfall in the city centre was dramatically increased and participation in the forging was admirable, with a mixture of people who were simply trying out forging, and also those who were forging leaves in memory of lost loved ones. The participating students were great, and really engaged with everyone taking part - many very touching conversations took place, as well as lots of fun. As icing on the cake, and thanks to a great HCA team effort, we also managed to get the event featured on ITV Central News over the weekend!
The two exhibitions (Transition at Hereford Cathedral, and Forge at Hereford Art Gallery) both run until 12th November.
Forge has transformed the space at the art gallery, and Transition has prompted some very emotional responses from visitors in the cathedral setting, so they're definitely worth a visit if you have a chance.
In addition to everything related to Ferrous 2017, HCA College Road was also the hosting venue for the British Artist Blacksmith association AGM and Conference over the weekend of the 28 & 29 October. During which, BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing Course Leader, Delyth Done, was awarded the Addy Taylor Cup. This is awarded annually at the discretion of the BABA Council to an individual or group in recognition of outstanding service to the craft. BABA awarded the cup to Del in recognition of the phenomenal amount of hard work and curatorial skill that she put into delivering the ‘Transition’ and ‘Forged’ exhibitions.