With a vast community of artists and artisans hidden away in their studios throughout Herefordshire, it is surprising there isn’t an art gallery on every corner, or that these creative contributors are not more celebrated and respected as a unique attraction to the county alongside our historically rich architecture.
Thankfully the Church Street Charitable Trust is narrowing the gap in this situation by re-launching a standalone gallery in The Old Mayor’s Parlour. Gallery@OMP will have its first exhibit, ‘Seeds of Change’ beginning March 29th and coming to a close on April 24th.
Located in Hereford’s beautiful independent quarter, the Old Mayor’s Parlour is housed in a 14th century building that once came close to demolition, and boasts a 17th century decorative plaster ceiling. The building is part of the Church Street Charitable Trust’s restoration and regeneration projects; now a space for artists to showcase their works year round.
Art With A Conscience
Six artists will be on display including Rob Parkin, an award-winning painter whose inspiration often comes from remote, vanishing landscapes. He returns to his early semi-botanical style that includes wildlife and its habitats alongside humans for this exhibit, and will be on the premises doing live works Wednesday to Sunday until the exhibit closes.
He embarks on a 5 year project to capture the countries wild flowers that are becoming extinct due to pressing environmental conflict, and welcomes conversation with art and wildlife lovers alike.
Hereford Art College graduate, Nicola Jedrzejczak is also exhibiting, and takes on the ‘seeds of change’ by making Warne’s The Observer’s Book her specialist medium, turning them into intricate, fragile sculptures. Book and art lovers will find beauty in the upcycled printed pages transformed into works of art – almost a defiance to todays digital world in which books are no longer the main point of reference, reminding us that these books themselves pop out at us with vivid stories, history and a romanticism for the binding and printing techniques of an era gone by, neglected by the Kindle. These books have a new lease on life, rather than crumbling away and forgotten by time.
Nicola Jedrzejczak Pampus The Observer’s Book of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes sculpture moving in the breeze (truly lovely!)
Join Nicola as she shares the story behind each book transformation, and also meet the other exhibiting artists: Tony Hall, Ken Eastman, Vanessa Pomeroy and Emma Cownie in this inspiring exhibition.
The Old Mayor’s Parlour, 23 Church Street, Hereford HR1 2LR
Gallery@OMP Exhibit from March 29-April 24
Opening Hours Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:00 Sunday 11:00-16:00
Gallery @Night Thursday until 20:00