Exhibition of diverse Craft works is unveiled in Hereford Cathedral

Crafting the Cathedral is an exhibition bringing together contemporary craft artefacts, created and designed as a personal response to Hereford Cathedral by students from HCA’s BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts and BA (Hons) Jewellery Design courses.

The exhibition showcases students work created in response to the objects and furnishings of the cathedral. After receiving a guided tour, which focused on the art and history of the building, students set to work on designs in their chosen discipline.

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The resulting exhibition showcases a range of pieces, each exploring the students’ personal interpretation of the cathedral fabric in their own way; from delicate metal work to ceramics and automata.

“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.

The course at HCA has for some time worked closely with a range of external partners exploring new ways of engaging audiences with objects and places. The responses to Hereford Cathedral – its stunning architecture, history and purpose as a place of worship – has led to an engaging mix of creative response.”

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“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.”

Dr. Rosemary Firman (Cathedral Librarian)

The exhibition opens to the public in the Crypt of Hereford Cathedral from Monday 14 December and runs until 4 January 2020. For details of opening times, please visit the cathedral website.

Please do not attend with anyone outside your household or support bubble, this is subject to government guidelines (2 December 2020). Face coverings must be worn throughout the cathedral unless exempt. Due to social distancing, the number of visitors at any one time in the Crypt is restricted to eight at present. Please note that the Crypt is only accessed by a steep staircase.

For more information, visit www.herefordcathedral.org/december-2020