Ferrous Festival 2024
From Earth to Iron
Ferrous 24 celebrates the best creative metalwork from the UK and around the world, with makers from over 30 different countries taking part, placing Hereford at the centre of excellence in artist blacksmithing. This year’s theme, From Earth to Iron, explores sustainability and the origin of materials. Delyth Done MBE, Head of the School of Materials & Design at Hereford College of Arts (HCA) and Course Leader of BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing, is the Creative Director of Ferrous. “Ferrous is a unique chance to see the work of artists and designers working in metal from all over the world. It’s an internationally facing festival, with an ethos of inclusive practice that you can’t see anywhere else, and it’s also an opportunity for our students to reach out to the community and to contribute. It’s a chance to teach, to inspire, to participate, and to make a difference through making.”
The festival starts with a live-forging event, leading to a complete programme, including exhibitions, workshop participation, and community events. This unique festival provides an opportunity to explore blacksmithing's connection to the environment and the value of materials from the earth to iron.
Book a HAVE-A-GO-FORGING session
Ferrous 24 will celebrate the best creative metalwork from the UK and around the world, with diverse artists and makers from over 20 different countries taking part, placing Hereford firmly at the centre of excellence in artist blacksmithing.
Take a look at our exhibitions and demonstrations for 2024
Come and listen to three of our visiting artists at Ferrous Festival of Artist Blacksmithing.
Book your seats at the Ferrous Talks on Friday 15th March 2024
The festival's artists will work with schools, communities, and the public to create projects and exhibitions to intrigue and entertain visitors.
Ferrous Festival 24 is a partnership between Hereford BID, Hereford Anvils and Hereford College of Arts, with the support of businesses and venues in and around the city.
Funded by UK Government, Powered by Levelling Up and Herefordshire Council. Additional funding is also provided from Arts Council England National Lottery.