This week I took a trip up to London to take in a couple of exhibitions : ‘You Say You Want A Revolution’ at The V&A and ‘Punk 1976 -78’ at The British Library.

PUNK 1976 – 78, The British Library until 2 October FREE (Kings Cross Tube)



BookArt16: A Treasure Trove Of Hand-Crafted Books Tucked Away At The Ledbury Poetry Festival

1 July- 10 July  BOOKART16  The Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury  HR8 1DW (this exhibition is now closed)

Cover:  ‘Altered Box Of Much Loved Paints’ by  Jeanette McCulloch 

Each year Ledbury’s BookArt group holds an exhibit during the Ledbury Poetry Festival featuring a collective of works crafted over the span of a year applying various mediums and poetry to create hand-crafted, and at times, printed books. The authors’ works come to life through the use of paints, photography, eco dying, ancient felt making, upcycling and ceramics.

I have attended the Book Art exhibition for the past 3 years as part of the poetry festival experience I look forward to with anticipation. Each exhibit showcases a variety of talent which differs from artist to artist, each as engaging as the last.  I find myself consumed by the pages of each book, and there is nothing more intimate than flipping through the pages of what feels like a personal journey guided by each artist.

It is never possible to cover each artist’s work at these exhibits but there were various special pieces I felt drawn to.

Jenny Leigh used an Eco Printing technique for her book.

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‘Creatives in Residence Exhibition’ Gives a Rare Glimpse of Another World

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Review by Omar Majeed  – Multimedia Artist, Film Maker, Art Reviewer for Hereford City Centric and Creator of Gravity Zine

Each year the art college gives up to four artists the opportunity to use the college facilities to develop their art practice and produce work for an exhibition at the end of their tenure. Lucy Baxendale, Andrea Mclean and Katy Alston have clearly been very busy. The exhibition that marks the culmination of all their work was held last Tuesday and there was a lot of outstanding work on show. Each artist displayed a distinctive style and viewpoint but there were recurring themes of exploring a world beyond our own.


Andrea McLean-Creatives in Residence Exhibit-Hereford College of Arts

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A Beautiful Union of Light and Art – Gallery @OMP ‘Seeds of Change’ Review

The Old Mayor’s Parlour has recently reopened its 14th century doors with the Gallery@OMP exhibit titled ‘Seeds of Change’ in The Old Mayor’s Parlour. Various artists have come together in personal reflection, creating works inspired by a rapidly changing world, one in which humans and wildlife must co-exist in habitats affected by quickly shifting climates, and the rise of technology affecting industries such as the book industry, that has been markedly affected by the Kindle takeover.

Whether expressed by upcycling old books into beautiful, delicate pieces of art, capturing our diminishing wildlife and plant life in its natural habitat, or reminding us that our local landscapes are in danger of disappearing and documenting them thoughtfully for future generations, the message of this exhibit is provocative.

This exhibit closes April 24th…you have plenty of time for an enlightening appearance


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Vanessa Pomeroy’s evocative, moody Herefordshire landscapes.

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#onlyhereforthewine – Simon Rogers Reviews the HCA ‘ Our Own Value Added Range’ Exhibition On Opening Night

Hereford College of Arts, College Road Campus, College Road, Hereford, HR1 1EB            

The exhibition “Our Own Value Range”runs until March 31st
Monday – Thursday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm 

'Handle with Care' by Jake Morton Hereford Art College
‘Handle with Care’ by Jake Morton

Well then, I have just been lucky enough to have been invited to the Our Own Value Range’ exhibition at the Hereford college of Arts, which is, so I am reliably informed, a “Nourishing exhibition of contemporary fine Arts” by the talented and varied students of the foundation and portfolio courses.

It is my humble opinion that you should make the climb up College Hill and go get some culture into your minds and eyeballs.  Now as I said, this is only my opinion, but that’s Art darlings. So just go and see for yourselves and make up your own damn minds! (But wear something nice and make a day of it.)

However, since I was there, I would like to draw your eyes and minds to the work of some
extraordinary folk.

'For a Friend' by Sharon Bradford Hereford College of Arts
‘For a Friend’ by Sharon Bradford


I arrived at the gallery at my favourite time for any event, a tad early (that is about 15 mins before it Is open (finishing touches are being applied and there are no punters to make the place look untidy) to witness such wonders as Omar Majeed having a few trifling technical gremlins with his in-depth installation piece; a few last minute adjustments ensured his presentation of a thought provoking arrangement of seemingly random objects that come together to tell the story of a story.

The exhibition is themed on Values, hence the name, (see what they did there) and each artist has been put through their paces by the tutors, as well as guest speakers, including social anthropologist Audrey Nunn. I was lucky enough to speak with her, including many of the artists and tutors I could collar on their big night, and found all interesting, and rightly so…excited.

Being a bit of a goth, I found myself drawn to Jenny Papworth’s ‘Faustus’ piece, an altar-esque arrangement of beautifully hand lettered bones and skulls. Also tickling my “gothbone” was Frank Hearne’s fearless wander into the monster ridden imagination of a child.

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‘Nurture/Refuge’ an outstallation by Will O’Leary

Jake Morton raised a few eyebrows with his ‘Handle with Care’ porcelain piece, bringing new meaning to “come and look at my etchings”. The sparkly shod, and splendidly hatted Will O’Leary managed to make us feel both welcome, and yet outsiders, with his ‘Nurture/Refuge’ – an outstallation (it’s a word) that is definitely food for thought.

While Mario Candeias‘ piece ‘Corruptiela’, a video and golden sculpture, forces the observer to address the values forced upon them by the media…also it is shiny too, so WIN!

Leading me to the “tent of wonders” (my name for it), a collaboration between Pearl Jackson-Payen and Athene Pringle, an immersive piece well worthy of immersing oneself in, if only for a few moments. Step through the curtain, take a deep breath, and stay awhile, then go find Pearl and Athene and thank them.

Trish Marsh scored extra points by accessorizing with an op art frock that complemented her piece ‘Simply Black and White’, which dominates the space with monochromatic layers of wandering wonder.

Erin Jaques technically excellent sculpture perfectly captures a moment, as well as, fitting neatly into Niel Gaiman’s definition that “Real Art is something you can stun a burglar with”.  Also the artist inspired extreme jacket envy in me as I said nice things (can I have the jacket? ah…well worth a try ). All sartorial issues aside, it is a very clever piece.

Arthur Simpson insisted that I think. Damn you Sir! Excellent work nonetheless. There was Alice Ormerod, who did her own damn thing, (You Rock!) and Jak Dargie, who is a man after my creative heart, varied and thought provoking all.

Well now, there is a thing! Sharon Bradford’s work is, and is titled, ‘For a Friend’, projected on a living shroud, is in her own words,”an alternative death bed scene”. It explores how surrounding situations and values become “nucleated” in the implacable face of terminal illnesses and death itself. A deeply moving, and serenely beautiful piece (also she gets a triple word score for nucleated).


When I first arrived in the quiet/hectic bit, I was drawn to two artists work. One of which was highly praised by Audrey Nunn. Unaware the artist herself was 3 feet away at the time, we were treated to Sally MacLachan beaming expansively as her work was referred to as not only Audrey’s favourite, but also as “Cohesive”, which it is, along with Eleanor Carty’s work, subtly exploring individuality with a delicate breath-moved laser cut wonder. If I had to pick a favourite it would be this.

Later, in conversation with Miss Carty and friends, I was informed that “everyone calls her ‘Minnow’….like the fish”.  “Is there any other kind of minnow ?” I enquired.

“Theres a kind of Daffodill”

Me “……”

You learn something new everyday or at least you should, so go and visit the exhibit, or we will send the boys round and teach you the hard way.

Thanks to all who were involved with the exhibition and courses for a swathe of fine Arts. I look forward to further forays into Hereford College of Wizardry and Magic.

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Review by Simon Rogers, Art Director @ Hereford City Centric and Multi-Media Artist




Gallery@OMP ‘Seeds of Change’ Exhibit; Change Is All Around Us

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 ParlourGallery@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.

‘Into Shadow’ by Rob Parkin


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

Hand Blown Glass in the Butter Market, Hereford City Centre

As a previous collector of hand-blown Art Deco Glass, I am happy to see Rooster Art Glass set up in the Butter Market.  Much Love for them.

Hereford Butter Market, Maylord Street, Hereford, Hr1 2ds