Sculpture Gallery - 150mm Challenge
Jan 11th - March 23rd Open daily 10-4pm
We currently have the 150mm Challenge
on display - an exhibition of a blacksmithing challenge which brought together artist blacksmiths from around the world, inspiring playful creativity. Its fusion of physical and digital engagement has galvanised thinkers and writers into examining the role of craft in contemporary society and to frame these conversations in a new way.
A celebration of process, material, creativity and ingenuity in forged metal, the #150mmchallenge was originally conceived by Ambrose Burne as “a self-posed challenge to enable me to create a physical ‘calling card’, an object that communicated the potential of forging” (Finney, 2021).
As course tutor at Hereford College of Arts, home to the UK’s only Artist Blacksmithing degree course, Ambrose decided it was a great way to give his students a ‘warm-up’ challenge. He asked them to create something interesting out of a small rectangular piece of steel, 150mm x 20mm x 20mm. Students posted photos of their completed artworks onto the course Instagram account, @herefordanvils, using the hashtag #150mmchallenge.