Hereford College of Arts is delighted to announce that work from staff and students from their BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing degree will be featured in an international touring exhibition starting at the Ruthin Craft Centre at the end of this month. Fifteen internationally recognised metal artists will have their work displayed in the ‘Forge’ exhibition, including current HCA student Leszek Sikon who came from Poland to study in Hereford. Recent Arts College graduate Christian Vaughan Jones will also have work featured, alongside Artist Blacksmithing lecturer Ambrose Burne.
‘Forge’ was curated by Artist Blacksmithing course leader, Del Done. Del explains that the ‘Forge’ exhibition “represents a paradigm shift from the traditional discourse of the blacksmith and breaks new ground in the creative use of forged metal”.
The art of blacksmithing whereby artists create objects from wrought iron, steel and other materials, by forging the metals using heat, has enjoyed a significant and exciting resurgence over the last decade, and become an emerging and innovative international discipline.
Hereford College of Arts’ BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing course welcomes applications from motivated and creative individuals. Now one of the college’s most popular courses, it attracts students internationally for the unique opportunity to bring contemporary ideas to the rich tradition of blacksmithing. The course teaches both innovative thinking and skilled making with a breadth of practice from architectural design to interior product and sculpture, all made from hot forged metal.
For those keen to visit the exhibition, ‘Forge’ starts at the Ruthin Craft Centre on 29th April and runs until 16th July. It will then be touring to various international locations including the USA (Memphis, Tennessee) and Germany (Berlin). Follow the Hereford College of Arts dedicate Artist Blacksmithing Instagram account - @HerefordAnvils - to see some of the fantastic work featured in the exhibition.