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.
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.
You can view the finished pieces in place until Sunday 28 July as they are temporarily displayed within the grounds, bringing a little culture and creativity to the Herefordshire countryside.
Normal admission charges apply.
Bordered by the River Wye, The Weir, which is a National Trust property, sits within unspoilt Herefordshire countryside and has many historical secrets to uncover. For centuries this site has been used as a pleasure ground for fishing, boating and swimming. It is managed in a natural way to create a varied habitat for wildlife.