HCA at Out Of Nature exhibition 2017

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do at HCA. Students on all our courses are encouraged to collaborate with each other, with students on other courses, external organisations, and with professional practitioners. These collaborations offer students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in communication, creative thinking, and project development.  

A recent example of this ethos in action was the Out of Nature exhibition, now in its third year, which ran from 1 - 29 October in the gardens and grounds of Newport House in Herefordshire. 

More than 40 sculptors, from all over the UK, many with an international profile, exhibited in this extensive outdoor exhibition. Many site specific pieces are created especially for inclusion in the show. 

Out of Nature aims to raise funds and awareness for The Cart Shed, a charity which taps into the healing effects of being outdoors. The exhibition also gives visitors an opportunity to explore the landscape at Newport House, and view art outside a traditional gallery context. 

HCA students from the Fine Art, Artist Blacksmithing, and Contemporary Design Crafts courses all had work displayed as part of the exhibition. In addition, Performing Arts students at both college-level and university-level worked with award-winning clown and international performance artist, Clare Parry-Jones to perform 'Alarch'. The performance reflected and responded to her her site-specific art in the exhibition, and explored ideas around ritual.

Image of 'Alarch' performance - by Sean Crawford photography 
Image of 'Passage' by Frederick Andrews - by Emily Nicholls