'Craft on the Outside' exhibition at The Weir

Work in progress by one of the students, a pot filled with cactus-like strands inside

Hereford College of Art students have collaborated with The Weir Garden to create an exhibition which showcases creative responses to the history, stories, ecology and natural history of the garden.

Taking inspiration from The Weir and its rich history, Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts and Jewellery design students have been set to the task of creating individual pieces that reflect the garden and its stories. Whilst designing their pieces they have also been encouraged to acknowledge the functions of the space as a working garden, educational resource and visitor destination after spending time with Senior Gardener, Mikko Moran and Visitor Experience Manger, Chris Strong as well as garden volunteers whilst the project has been developed.

It will be completely up to the students to decide which aspect of The Weir appealed to them the most as they set to work on their inspired pieces.  All will use various media and the finished results will be displayed in the garden with care being taken to not impose on the residing nature in the garden or creating too many treadlines over the two months whilst the work is on display.

Student, Ferel Smith creating his piece for The Weir Garden
One of the students using a laser saw to cut wood accurately
Student, Ferel Smith creating his piece for The Weir Garden

The exhibition will be very family-friendly and include interactive pieces such as an automaton modelled on the Foster & Pearson glasshouse in the walled garden and a hand-crafted pod-like bench for visitors to sit and view the garden.

Ferel checks the accuracy of his work
Student, Ferel Smith checks the accuracy of his work
Ferel checks the accuracy of his work

You can view the finished pieces in place from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 28 July as they are temporarily displayed within the grounds, bringing a little culture and creativity to the Herefordshire countryside.