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Oct 2017 BABA Conference

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Including the ‘Transition’ and ‘Forge’ exhibitions.

28th & 29th October – Hereford


Our 2017 Conference and AGM will be a lecture-based event hosted by Hereford College of Arts as part of Ferrous 2017 on the 28th & 29th October.
There will also be an opportunity to see two major exhibitions of forgework ‘Transition’ and ‘Forge’ which will both be open in Hereford, in the Cathedral and Museum respectively.

It will be a weekend full of presentations and talks from a range of International Smiths including:

Professor Richard Smith (USA)
Rick will talk about his practice and the programme he leads at Southern Illinois University and will sit on a number of panel discussions taking place over the weekend.

Patrick Quinn (USA)
Pat will talk about his practice, the Centre for the Metal Arts and the power of social media and will sit on a number of panel discussions taking place over the weekend.

Christoph Friedrich (Switzerland)
Christoph will talk about his recent works and impressions from a eight week journey with workshops in USA and restoration of the old, waterpowered hammerforge in Sennwald, Switzerland .

Ratho Byres Forge (Scotland)
Shona and Pete will talk about Ratho Byres Forge and case studying a recent commission.

Martin Avery (Wales)
Martin will be offering a Photography masterclass

Representatives from the The National Heritage Ironwork Group will be giving a short presentation detailing the BathIron 2018 event .

To find out more about the Ferrous 2017 Festival of Artist Blacksmithing check out www.herefordcitylife.co.uk/ferrous2017  or follow # Ferrous2017 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


The Conference Fee for BABA Members is £50 per person (including lunch on Saturday and Sunday and an evening meal on Saturday). Also included in the ticket price is a conference T-shirt, please specify sizes when purchasing your ticket.
No accommodation is provided and we advise you to book your accommodation in Hereford well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Transition Exhibition @ Hereford Cathedral

The British Artist Blacksmiths Association is pleased to present Transition, a major international touring exhibition of contemporary forged metal design, curated by Delyth Done, that opened in September 2016 at the Kazematten, Ypres , Belgium to coincide with the ‘Ypres 2016’ International Blacksmithing Event..

Thirty-five artworks from fifteen countries are presented; selected artworks were made in response to an open brief based around themes of transition. The brief was purposely written to encourage a breadth of potential creative responses and outcomes, potential themes included:

  • The role of the blacksmith in the transition from peace to war to peace
  • Objects in transition – the re-use and re-purposing of First World War objects
  • Landscape in transition – pre- and post- war
  • Human transition – physical/mental and social
  • Community transition – global impact both within the battlefields and in communities of origin
  • Transition within the context of materials and processes


Forge Exhibition @ Hereford Museum

Contemporary forged metal design is an emerging, innovative international discipline. This exhibition, curated by Delyth Done, represents a paradigm shift from the traditional discourse of the blacksmith and breaks new ground by synthesising and articulating the practice of creative and conceptual working with forged metal. Fifteen international metal artists whose practice has been identified as having a significant impact present their work:

Egor Bavykin, Claudio Bottero, Ambrose Burne, Professor Francisco Gazitua, Nils Hint, Christian Vaughan Jones, Takayoshi Komine, Daniel Neville, Patrick Quinn, Daniel Randall, Leszek Sikon, Professor Rick Smith, Fred Truus, Stephen Yusko, Professor Heiner Zimmermann

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