The annual Hereford College of Arts Summer Show will open to the public at 11am on Saturday 10th June. The exhibition showcases the artistic achievements of final year students across 8 BA (Hons) degree courses, plus the Foundation Diploma, Extended Diploma, and Diploma in Art and Design. This year, for the first time, the exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting range of events designed to introduce visitors to HCA and the variety of programmes on offer.
The Summer Show has a strong reputation for presenting original and inspiring creative work from the college’s talented graduates. Thousands of visitors attend every year to see work from disciplines including: painting, photography, film, fine art, textiles, illustration, 3D contemporary crafts, jewellery, forged metal, graphics, music, performing arts and digital media. The exhibition is also a celebration for students, as they reflect on how much their artistic practice has developed and grown, and as they prepare to progress to exciting new opportunities.
This year’s accompanying events will run at both the Folly Lane and College Road campuses. The events programme will include music, performing arts, family and school trails, talks and discussion panels, and guided tours, will be launched with a College Open Day on Saturday 10th June. This will be a wonderful opportunity for visitors to speak to tutors, attend informal tours of studios and workshops, and to find out more about the full range of creative courses available. Students from the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts will be showing two performances of ‘The Women’ (a musical all about men!) on Tuesday 13th June. There will be two free music gigs, sharing the diverse work of those on the Extended Diploma in Music, on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th June. A free tour and discussion about the Graduate Show is offered on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June and also the Extended Diploma Show on Friday 16th June, which will be led by HCA Course and Curriculum Leaders.
On Thursday 14th June in the evening, Sidney Nolan Trust Director, Anthony Plant, will lead a panel discussion about the work of the trust as they celebrate a centenary of the painter’s birth. The finale to the week’s evening events will be an exclusive pop-up of Hereford’s popular Secret Dumpling Club on Friday evening 16th June at the College Road campus. Spaces for this event are limited, so if an evening of art and delicious Asian-style dumplings appeal to you, reserve your place soon!
Hereford College of Arts Principal, Abigail Appleton, said:
"Creativity is at the heart of innovation and success across a huge range of professions, and is critical to national prosperity; and creativity is the lifeblood of this college. The team here at HCA is delighted to see the hard work of students and tutors celebrated in the Summer Show, and we all look forward to welcoming visitors to share in the results of these creative endeavours."
The HCA Summer Show will be open every day from 11am from the 10th to 17th June, across both the Folly Lane and College Road campus, and is completely free to visit. See www.hca.ac.uk/SummerShow to see full details of all events and opening times.