A new exhibition of contemporary crafts will be showcased in the historic and atmospheric setting of Hereford Cathedral crypt. Crafting the Cathedral is an exhibition bringing together contemporary craft artefacts, created and designed as a personal response to Hereford Cathedral by second year students from Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts and BA (Hons) Jewellery Design courses.

The students have responded to the cathedral’s stunning architecture, history and purpose as a place of worship –  which has led to an engaging range of creative outcomes.

The Contemporary Design Crafts degree programme at the college has for some time worked closely with a range of external partners exploring new ways of engaging audiences with objects and places.

“It’s been a really important, demanding, yet rewarding challenge to create interpretive objects that live up to the building, the people and items that live there,” said Helen Marton, course leader. “The Cathedral and its varied artefacts have astonishing metaphorical power, our students have been able to effectively focus upon some of their curious and interesting stories.”

Rosemary Firman, Librarian at Hereford Cathedral, said “The sacred space of Hereford Cathedral has been a source of creative inspiration for centuries. Carrying on this tradition, it has been wonderful to welcome the students from HCA for their Crafting the Cathedral exhibition. They were invited to produce a piece of work in response to anything in the cathedral, and the results are amazingly diverse and impress with their originality, imagination, energy, thoughtfulness and skill.”

The exhibition is located in the Cathedral Crypt until January. For more information, visit herefordcathedral.org.