Ferrous 2017: Hereford Hammers Home its advantages…..

11th September 2017

Hereford is celebrating its blacksmithing heritage with a brand new event in the city centre, Ferrous 2017, which starts on Friday 20th October 2017. The city centre will come alive to the sights and sounds of the six hot metal forges as blacksmiths and members of the public gather to create a beautiful bespoke artwork.

Development of the event has been spearheaded by Georgia Smith, strategy lead at Hereford BID and Del Done, Course Leader for Artist Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts who have teamed up to create an amazing array of activities in the city centre from Have a Go Forging to internationally acclaimed exhibitions.

The event, which is part of Hereford BID’s business plan promise to deliver a major new event for the city, aims to attract thousands of visitors to the city over the weekend  of 20th -22nd October to participate in the activities and offers local BID businesses the chance to get involved a lots of different ways.

John Jones, Chair of Hereford BID, said, “We looked at all sorts of ideas for an event, but this concept leaped out at us.  It’s hugely visual with the live forging in High Town.  It’s rooted in Hereford’s traditional skills and yet has a really contemporary appeal to men and women, young and old, whether you want to just look or whether you aspire to own pieces such as those on display. Hereford BID’s partnership with the art college is proving to be rewarding in so many ways and this year’s event will, we hope, be the first of many collaborations.”

Abigail Appleton, Principal of Hereford College of Arts added, “We are hugely proud to be able to showcase some of the amazing talent that exists in Herefordshire, and especially to make it so visible in the city centre.  This event is capable of growing into something of world importance as internationally acclaimed artists are attracted to Hereford to participate in the event year on year.  We have also achieved another first for the College by winning Arts Council England National Lottery support for Ferrous 2017, by working in partnership with Hereford BID and the businesses in Hereford city centre.”

The main elements of the event are:

·         Have a Go Forging in aid of St Michael’s Hospice in High Town, 20th to 22nd October

An opportunity to try your hand at blacksmithing by creating a stylish Gingko leaf which will be part of the bench commissioned by Ferrous2017 from leading artist blacksmith, Ambrose Burne. The bench is destined for the garden at St Michael’s Hospice, but which will be on show in High Town as it is made over the weekend of the event. To book your place go to: www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/event/ferrous 

·         Transition Exhibition in Hereford Cathedral, 20th October to 13th November

A major international exhibition of contemporary forged ironwork on the theme of Transition exploring a range of themes connected with World War I.

·         Forge Exhibition in Hereford Art Gallery, Broad Street, 20th October to 13th November

A major new exhibition of forged metalwork featuring 15 internationally renowned metal artists, celebrating a heritage of innovation and claiming a place for contemporary forged metal here in Hereford today.

·         Pop-up Exhibition Trail in businesses all around Hereford City Centre, 20th October to 13th November.

A fascinating art trail of historic and contemporary metal work all around Hereford City Centre, hosted by member businesses of Hereford Business Improvement District.

·        Metal Market Place in High Town, 20th to 22nd October

A range of stalls selling and taking commissions for forged metal pieces which you could select for your home, office or garden.  A chance to buy unique artwork direct from the maker.

·         Activities for All Ages around Hereford City Centre, 20th to 22nd October

Keep the whole family entertained with creative activities around the Pop-up Exhibition Trail with opportunities to win prizes or join us for a free drawing workshop during the live forging weekend.

For more information go to www.herefordcitylife.co.uk/ferrous2017 or follow us on Facebook @Ferrous2017, Twitter #Ferrous2017 and Instagram #Ferrous2017

The full event programme will be available from businesses in Hereford City Centre from the end of September.