Help Hereford Music Promoter Kirsty Morris Get To The Great Wall of China In Support of St. Michael’s Hospice

Local Hereford alternative rock and indie music promoter Kirsty Morris is off on an epic journey this year to the Great Wall of China for a fundraising event of a lifetime to support local charity St. Michael’s Hospice.

She has received support from local businesses in Hereford and tickets donations from well-loved summer music festivals around the country to auction off and sell towards raising donations at her next fundraising event taking place at the Booth Hall on East Street this weekend. Kirsty has also received donations from some pretty famous bands around the country. She has been hard at work!

Hereford City Centric wanted to know more about this great trek being taken on by such an admirable woman and how close she is to her fundraising goals.

Political aspects are not something I really think of when I travel, as long as the areas I travel to are deemed as safe, then I really tend not to worry about such things.

THE INTERVIEW

Kirsty Morris Fundraising Trek across Great Wall of China 2017

Hereford City Centric: Hello Kirsty, you are actively involved in music promoting in Hereford with your promotion group Hey Little Monster, can you tell us a bit about the music you put on and what drives this interest?

Kirsty Morris: Well, music is one of my passions in life, I love going to gigs and festivals. Last time I counted, I have been to well over 300 gigs and festivals. I first got involved in Continue reading “Help Hereford Music Promoter Kirsty Morris Get To The Great Wall of China In Support of St. Michael’s Hospice”

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HCA Fine Art Students Need Your Support To Showcase In Their Dream Exhibition in London

inSTALL8 is a Hereford based art collective from the Hereford College of Arts made up of 8 members including Mairead McVeigh. They recently hosted a live music fundraiser at the Booth Hall, which is one of two events they have hosted to raise funds for a trip to London, and also have a crowdfunding page. I wanted to know a bit more about this collective and what this trip means to them; I was enlightened by Mairead.

Please help support these students by donating to their crowdfunding page here

Hereford Artist, Graphics by Maddie Mew
Graphics by Mairead McVeigh

Hereford City Centric: Thank you for the opportunity to interview inSTALL8 about the collective. Mairead you are part of the Install8 group of Fine Art students who host gigs to help raise funds for a trip to London and pushing arts in our local community, what is inSTALL8 all about?

inSTAll8: Hello Michelle and thank you for your interest in us and your very warm welcome! inSTALL8 are a collective of 8 artists from in and around Herefordshire, we are all current students attending the Hereford College of Arts Fine Art course. We are due to graduate this year in the summer. We are so varied in our practices that I would say it’s fair to label us multidisciplinary – some artists range from more traditional themes in painting and drawing whereas a few of us are exploring digital mediums, some are installation-based artists making large scenes for audience engagement and participation. Others expand to curatorial roles, so we’re a great mix and all of our individual skills have been pulled together to create inSTALL8.

The title of our collective is loosely based around the Windows platform, it’s a bit of a play on words as we would hope that our collective skillset pushes us more into the realm of contemporary art practice as opposed to traditional methods (although, in no way are we knocking our history – context is everything!)

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Image: inSTALL8 Facebook page – inSTALL8 students

HCC: It all sounds very exciting! What will the money raised be going towards?

inSTALL8: Our goal is to raise £5,700 to bring our graduate show to Free Range in London, a UK-wide exhibition showcasing new art from all over the country. If we attain our numbers, it will be the second time our course graduates will have had the opportunity to attend such an amazing event. The £5,700 will secure our place at the show and aid us with transport, accommodation and materials so that we can set up a heart-stopping show and hopefully lead us into some wonderful opportunities! We are joined in this adventure by our sister group at the college, HCA Collective, who are 17 Photography students who will be joining us on our journey to the end. Support for them would also be massively appreciated.

HCC: I truly hope this article will help promote your cause so that you can reach your target and get to London!  Also, please feel free to share any of your artwork on our Facebook page. It all sounds amazing, and please get the word out to HCA collective because at HCC we loving giving local artists a platform, especially students who often bring something new to the table. 

Last Wednesday, 22nd of March you held another live music event at The Booth Hall in Hereford, is this your last fundraiser or do we have more to look forward to? Will it always be the same group of students or will there be new ones added from the college? I attended your previous music fundraiser and enjoyed the light installations, live music and DJ sets. Who did you have on the bill this time?

inSTALL8: This is potentially our final music fundraiser, but there’s more to come! We’re hosting an art auction at the end of April at De Koffie Pot, we will be presenting some of our current work and then it will be placed under the hammer for a few lucky contenders! We also have a very exciting raffle that will be drawn at the Private View of our college Summer Show, details will be confirmed for that later. It’ll be the same 8 in our team as we are one team graduating from the one course.

On this spectacular evening we enjoyed the beautiful sounds of Shannon Walker, a singer-songwriter from Worcester, glorious and raw Punk punches from Molly Kelly, hard-hitting riffs from Hereford’s very own Black Boxes, fresh cut jams from the Noisy Daughters and had everyone’s dancing feet on the go with a House set from DJ SMUT – a resident of Ibiza and Ministry of Sound DJ…AND to top it all off, a blasting drum and bass set from DJ CHOPPA. It was an unforgettable lineup! There was a little something for everyone. There were also visuals and performances happening throughout the night.

InSTALL8 @The Booth Hall March 22nd, 2017
Photography by Grace Biddlecombe – InSTALL8 @The Booth Hall March 22nd, 2017

HCC: I am absolutely gutted I was unable to attend but friends who did attend loved it. I am pretty familiar with most of the live music performers such as Shannon, Molly and Black Boxes who happen to be one of my very favourite local bands. Love them all! And what an honour to have DJ SMUT come to support you from Ibiza! Amazing guys! Is art your main focus?

inSTALL8: It is my aspiration to become a working artist, but as Thomas Merton once said – “no man is an island” and all of the best artists only grow stronger with a community and this is what we are trying to create and achieve through inSTALL8. I think I can speak for all of us and really elaborate on the fact that no matter what happens, art will prevail. Artists view the world quite differently. Finding beauty and hope in the mundane is important, and also viewing the world with a critical and creative intent can open up plenty of opportunities for young people. I highly recommend attending a Fine Arts course – it opens your mind and enables you to engage with other like-minded individuals.

HCC: What a beautiful perspective Mairead. I can proudly say my daughter just switched her Psychology major to Fine Arts and I will share that thought with her. I agree that art is one of many wonderful ways to open your mind to a much more fulfilling perspective of the world.

What would you like to see happen in the arts community in 2017/2018 to give a platform to artists who choose to stay in Herefordshire rather than pursue their careers elsewhere?

inSTALL8: I think there is plenty going on for the art scene in Hereford – h.Art, Hereford Make, The Apple Store Gallery, De Koffee Pot, The Courtyard, The Canwood Gallery and Artsite3 among others are great spaces where artists can expand and exhibit their flourishing practices– The college itself is host to gifted students that will pave the future for the creative industry and firmly cement Hereford as a vibrant, artistic city.

InSTALL8 @The Booth Hall March 22nd, 2017
Photography by Grace Biddlecombe – InSTALL8 @The Booth Hall March 22nd, 2017

HCC: I have been to many wonderful exhibitions in the city and hope that people get out more and enjoy them as well because art opens a window into an alternate reality. I wish all the members of inSTALL8 the best of luck in getting to Free Range London and may you all have an exciting creative future ahead of you.

I would like to thank Mairead McVeigh for making this interview possible and sharing the inSTALL8 story with us. Mairead is a wonderful musician, writer and artist. Look out for her performing live under the name Maddie Mew around the city of Hereford, and for her talented art, as well as, any upcoming inSTALL8 exhibitions and fundraisers.

 

Nicaraguan Community Centre Needs Your Help Raising Funds To Bring First Resident Artist From Nigeria

“The members of Apapachoa believe art can heal many wounds and help create new realities”

Apapachoa Santa Santa Julia, Managua artist Shrine

Located on 2,300 acres of natural reserve, the eco-cultural community centre Apapachoa brings hope to the community of Santa Julia in Nicaragua promoting  arts, music and fitness, as well as, organic bio-intensive agriculture and permaculture. Sustainability is a necessity in a place like Nicaragua where the impact of climate change and deforestation is causing mass devastation on its agriculture and landscape. Nicaragua is affected by natural phenomena such as hurricanes and floods further adding to the devastation, such as, washing away the depleted topsoil in deforested areas affecting food production and assisting climate change.

“Apapachoa is a beacon of light for those in the dark, literally. At times, the residents have no water or light and unemployment is a common reality. A feeling of optimism and self-worth diminishes their daily struggles”

Apapachoa Santa Santa Julia, Managua

This community project is ran by a cooperative of 7 people who include my cousin Ernesto Carlos Lopez-Cuadra and his wife Margaux D’Altena.  The centre holds courses for residents of El Crucero, Santa Julia located just half an hour outside the capital Managua. Self-improvement courses include Yoga, Capoeira, Music, English, Ecologically focused workshops and various other activities and courses that embrace creativity and self-sufficiency. 

Nicaragua is a country that has endured war, natural disasters and socio-economic struggles that affect its communities on a deeper level, so projects like the Apapachoa centre not only gives locals the tools to be self-sufficient, it also encourage members to reach deep within themselves and embrace their imagination and express themselves creatively .

Apapachoa is a beacon of light for those in the dark, literally. At times the residents have no water or light and unemployment is a common reality. A feeling of optimism and self-worth diminishes their daily struggles.

“This year they are putting out a plea for help to raise $4,000 (American dollars) and raise funds so that they may bring in their first resident artist from Nigeria. Jelili Atiku will be teaching healing through art”

creative and biodiverse community apapachoa managua nicaragua

This year they are putting out a plea for help to raise $4,000 (American dollars) and raise funds so that they may bring in their first resident artist from Nigeria. Jelili Atiku will be teaching healing through art. He is an international artist who has received much praise for his work inspiring many displaced by war and social problems in his country. The funds raised will pay for his flight, food and accommodation as well the materials for his inspiring workshops.

Apapachoa Santa Santa Julia, Managua bio diversity

The members of Apapachoa believe art can heal many wounds and help create new realities. Jelili explains the impact he wishes to have on peoples lives through his work:

“I have put my art at service of the prevailing concerns of our times; especially those issues threatening our collective existence and the sustenance of our universe. Therefore, the contents of these concerns ranging from psychosocial and emotional effects of traumatic events: violence, war, poverty, corruption, climate change, etc., that are associated with our warring world dominate my artistic forms.

Doing drawing, installation sculpture, video and performance art – I strive to help viewers understand the world and expand their understanding and experiences, so that they can activate and renew their lives and environments.”

A wonderful video where Jelili talks about his experiences in Africa and what he wishes to accomplish in Nicaragua with Apapachoa.

To help make Jelili’s journey a reality make a donation via this link. Thank you!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-jelili-atiku-get-to-apapachoa-nicaragua-art-community#/

COVER PHOTO: American Artist SHRINE ON known for his impressive towering installations that are part of the Coachella Festival experience and made completely out of trash and reclaim materials, was invited by the Apapachoa team to paint their community centre. His style is vibrant and the building in itself is now an installation that stands majestically  at the top of a mountain surrounded by the jungle canopy breathing new life and hope into its community.

All images taken from the Apapachoa Facebook Page

Shrine On turns Apapachoa Managua into an art installation of sorts
Shrine On (centre) with Apapachoa cooperative members
Shrine On Coachella Festival Art Installations
Shrine On Coachella Festival Art Installations. Image from Cartwheel Art Magazine.

 

The Power of the People – The Hereford Music Community Strikes Again

Saturday October 15th, 2016 brought a community of Herefordshire musicians, music lovers and promoter’s (The Underground Revolution) to Hereford’s latest popular music venue The Booth HallThey hosted a free We Shall Overcome anti-austerity gig requesting food or cash donations for Hereford’s local food bank. Similar communities also hosted events all over the country during the first week of October proving that the UK is a nation of charitable hearts.

Many of us have been touched by the cruel hand of austerity, and during desperate times have accessed local food banks in order to put food on the table for our families. It isn’t a joke when you have to decide whether to pay your rent or buy food, especially when both are not an option.

“The support for the cause was amazing, I think Hereford has a big heart”

We Shall Overcome 2016 Hereford
Clockwise: Starting Top Left – Terminal Rage, Moshing Crowd, Alvin & The Angry Barrels, Nick Davis

This sentiment must have hit home for many as food donations piled in, merchandise was sold and a £100 in cash was collected for the food bank. People of all ages took matters into their own hands showing support for the less fortunate.

Hosted by The Underground Revolution, the idea came to U.R. Co-Founder Rich Lovell after his band Terminal Rage was asked to perform at another We Shall Overcome event taking place at The Rigger in Newcastle-Upon-Lyme alongside notable bands including Headsticks and Sons of Clogger – all performing free.

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You don’t have to be loaded to support your local charity. A pound means a lot when they add up. I asked Rich if he expected the turnout and support on the night, he replied “It far outweighed my expectation, both in the number of people who attended and the amount of food that was donated. The support for the cause was amazing, I think Hereford has a big heart”

Artists performing on the evening were: Nick Davies bringing in the crowd with his acoustic songs, setting the tone for a soon-to-be ferocious musical evening, Alvin and the Angry Barrels getting the mosh pit going and the ladies dancing to punk and ska, and lastly, Terminal Rage, whose local following is increasing leaps and bounds with every chord of Pretty Vacant. Warning, there have been a few bruises and bumps in the process…ah well that’s PUNK for you.

You can’t quite picture a room of headbangers, crusty’s and punks of all ages mingling with your average Joe too often, but it certainly was the case at Hereford’s 2016 We Shall Overcome fundraiser…living proof that diversity creates stronger communities. Power to the People!

We Shall Overcome Hereford 2016

Photography by Nickie Bates

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Hooty Roots Our Very Own Quirky Queen of Vintage Hosts Fashion & Frolics II

Hooty Roots Vintage & Cafe hosts Fashion & Frolics II   Location: Cookies Cafe, 6-8 Bewell Square 12pm-5pm  3 September, 2016  

 

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If you walk past a little shop down Eign Gate in High Town Hereford with a bright orange hand drawn sign with blue lettering, you have arrived at your destination. The sign, with it’s D.I.Y , laissez-faire approach gives you insight into how much of an individual Hooty aka Harriet is. A girl with a heart of gold and a bit of a Pippi Longstocking, a fun and fancy free, whimsical character. We cannot help but love the girl and her funky frolics selling at student friendly prices.

Hooty Roots Vintage & Cafe is small, and seriously crammed with a treasure trove of wonders. Seriously though, what is vintage and charity shopping without a challenge? Nothing is more exciting than searching through piles of dusty, and at times bizarre pieces of clothing that make you giggle and wonder whose Nan sewed such a treacherous and dodgy dress. Then suddenly something very special will captivate you to the point you find yourself walking down the street with a beaming smile and a purchase that makes you feel like a style champ of the unconventional.

 

In my case, it was a beautiful carved white wooden floor lamp with a red tassel trim lamp shade. It loves me and I love it, or perhaps I was bewitched but nonetheless it is sitting in my front my room and illuminating my life with its red dreamy glow every evening. Thank you Hooty!

Hooty also happens to have a massive charitable heart and a love for culture. She has hosted little open mic gatherings in her small shop that feel as if you were in her bedroom having a jam…she is just cool like that. She often exhibits work from local artists and you often wonder what she is going to do next. What a gal.

September 2 Hooty will be hosting her second Fashion & Frolics event in Bewell Square raising money for The Fowler Foundations for Children. There will be games and a stall where you can put on fancy dress and have a photograph taken for a small donation. Of course, being Hereford, a town full of wonderful musicians, their will be buskers raising funds for this fine charitable cause. Mark the date Herefordians!

Fashion and Frolics hosted by Hooty Roots Vintage, Hereford
From Left Clockwise: The Hooty Roots Team Ryan, Hooty, Niobe, Joella.

Hooty Roots Vintage & Cafe, 50  Eign Gate, High Town Hereford HR4 OAB