It’s always interesting to catch up with local artist Simon Rogers to see what he is up to in his Bastion Mews studio, which also consists of the walls and businesses around the mews. Bastion Mews is home to several interesting businesses including, a locals’ favourite – The Shack Revolution, Temple Records and Hereford Cycle Hub.
Simon has begun to leave his mark on this community hub hidden away from the mainstream of Hereford foot traffic. You will find Simon’s David Bowie tribute behind The Shack Revolution.
This piece of street art began as a skull and cross bones, then evolved into a David Bowie tribute after hearing the news of this heroe’s passing, moving Simon so much, he also performed an ash ceremony on the ground around it (view photograph).
Simon is also creator of Temple Records cosmic façade, as seen in this article. His next project is Temple Records shop sign. I have had a peak, and am excited to see the finished product. I won’t spill the beans.
I can’t help but feel that since Hereford Council is choosing to pull out of it’s £130,000 support for The Courtyard, Hereford artists will forever remain obscure. They should offer its citizens more then just cider farms and cows, industrial estates or a brand new shopping center lacking in any kind of architectural pride (they really need to do something about that…perhaps hire some of our fine artists to do murals)
It is home to many artists, writers, musicians and other creatives who choose to make this beautiful county their home, yet find themselves having to leave for greener pastures where there is an opportunity to create their way into a sustainable salary.
The speed of the Council’s inconsiderate axing and lack of vision is dizzying. I can’t help but feel that the only way a creative in this county will make a living is by having succeeded elsewhere, only to return when their fortune is made.
The lack of hope for future generations is despairing. This county is a middle-aged (like myself, yet so unlike myself), and a cranky, classist senior citizen’s wet dream (yes I actually did just say that). We can only hope that our local food and entertainment culture continues to be driven by young entrepeneurs who are not afraid to upset the boys at the club. This is not an ageist point of view, just an honest observation.
Regardless, this will be our first great summer in many years thanks to these business-minded, driven twenty somethings, bringing us a high standard of food, cocktails, and who thankfully are keen to support local musical acts, while allowing their walls to double as art galleries.
HUGE KUDOS to artists like Simon Rogers, who are loud and proud about their craft, and keep this way of life alive.