A POP up touring contemporary art exhibition came to the Old Market in a surprisingly huge and secret gallery space above the restaurants and opposite the Odeon Cinema in the heart of Hereford from October 12-16.

The exhibition was organised and curated by three Hereford College of Arts BA Fine Art graduates, Ash Roberts, Jenny Ellerton and Mairead McVeigh whose intention was to bring contemporary fine art to Herefordshire and create an exhibition that was diverse and exploratory with artwork ranging from drawing, painting and sculpture through to performance, participatory works, light drawing and video installations.

Fifteen artists took part and were BA graduates from colleges and universities around the UK, who all met up whilst exhibiting in London at Free Range, a graduate showcase in Brick Lane in London held during the summer.

The response was amazing and well over 150 people attended the private view on the first evening and enjoyed the ambiance, the artwork and the space itself which allows artists the freedom of expression and ability to expand their scale of work to make it more exciting.

The exhibition is moving on to Loughborough University in November from 10-14.

The students are trying to prove that a space like this is needed in Herefordshire, and that there is a public desire to access affordable and interactive art and experience a variety of different art forms in a convivial and informal way.

Jenny Ellerton said: "It would be a huge project to get our own gallery in Hereford city such as The Ikon in Birmingham, but if we could combine workplaces for artists, hold workshops for schools and colleges and create a place where talks, lectures and fun activities are held, we think it would prove a success".