Herefordshire ArtWeek (h’Art) 8-16 Sept 2018

Herefordshire ArtWeek (h’Art) 8-16 Sept 2018.
We are once again taking part in this established art event ( now in it’s 16th year).

After the success of last year’s sculptural exhibits by artist blacksmith Daniel Griffiths we have decided to extend our show to a broader metal theme. Entitled ‘On Their Metal’ the show will include the work of artist blacksmiths, sculptors, jewellers and  printmakers.

Makers exhibiting include Ali Tregaskes (etched silver jewellery), Annabelle Oppenheimer (metal plate etchings),Claudia Petley/Paul Shepherd (artist
blacksmithing/sculpture) ,Daniel Griffiths (blacksmithing,sculpture),Helaina Sharpley (wirework) ,Jim Stringer (pewter), Peter King ( metal sculpture),Rozie
Keogh (wirework sculpture and jewellery), Sharon McSwiney (mixed metal wall art and jewellery) and Sue Brown (enamel wall art and collagraph prints).
The metal exhibition will be held along with our usual varied collection of contemporary local and British art and craft. Our h’Art exhibition is a selling exhibition and will extend to the 30th of September.

Brochures are available from the gallery or can be posted on request.

Lion Gallery awards prize for outstanding student Tom Nicolson


Tom Nicolson Neckpiece
Tom Nicolson Neckpiece

The Lion Gallery has once again been pleased to award a prize to an outstanding student at the Hereford College of Arts, 2018 Summer Show. Over thirteen years we have been pleased to mentor and support new designers and give them the additional opportunity of exhibiting with us. Past winners have included ceramicists and jewellers, some of whom have continued to work professionally and still exhibit at the gallery.

This year’s recipient is Tom Nicolson, a final year student on the BA Hons Artist Blacksmithing course.

He describes his work as an exploration of culture. Using traditional techniques he creates contemporary forms inspired by medieval West African blacksmiths who forged currency bars out of recycled materials. These bars were used as ceremonial objects and as dowry pieces containing steel from broken tools used by previous generations, as proof of labour and to be traded as currency.

Tom’s modern interpretation also includes recycled material and takes the form of ‘wearable art’, dramatic neckpieces with a tribal feel. The fluidity of design caused by the molten metal means his work can also stand alone as striking sculptural pieces in their own right.

New Website

Well here we are at last! The long promised new website, a work in progress but at least getting there. We have tried to give a flavour of the variety of designer art and craft we show in the gallery, with new pieces arriving frequently.

Work by established local makers is displayed alongside quality contemporary craft from all over the British Isles. We travel widely to source new work and meet many interesting makers along the way. Some have purpose built studios and workshops, some prefer the kitchen table or a spare room, but all have a passion for their subject and a skill in their field perfected over years.

This summer we will once again be awarding the Lion Gallery prize to a worthy student graduating from Hereford College of Arts. The prize also comes with the opportunity to exhibit at the gallery and thus encourage and support a new generation of designer makers. Past winners have gone on to continue to work professionally and some still show their work at the Gallery several years later.

As this blog develops I hope to introduce you to some of the faces behind the work we show and perhaps give an insight into some of the techniques used. I knew that media and techniques module would come in useful one day.