Eleven public art projects will be unveiled around Hereford in the new year.

Herefordshire Council is spending £204,000 on a mix of street artworks, installations and a new public art trail around the city’s historic core, including:

  • Street artwork at The Herdsman pub on the corner of Widemarsh Street and the A438 Blue School Street (Curtis Hylton)
  • Street artwork at The Commercial, Commercial Road (Nomad Clan)
  • Street artwork at Bastion Mews off UnionStreet (Emmeline North)
  • Street artwork at Brewer’s Passage off Commercial Street (SNIK)
  • Passageway artwork at Booth Hall, East Street (Gemma Flowers)
  • Passageway artwork at Capuchin Lane, between High Town and East Street (Dermot Clarke)
  • Passageway artwork at Mansion House Walk off Widemarsh Street (Luke Passey)
  • Passageway artwork at Union Walk (Estee Alleno-Powell)
  • “Graphic rewilding” at Eign Gate underpass

These nine were selected via a public tender run by “art commissioner” Studio Response on the council’s behalf.

There will also be an art trail set up by TDL Creative and a “Hereford College of Arts celebration sculpture trail” put on by Meadow Arts.


“The commissioned artists range from international and regional level to supporting local Herefordshire talent,” the council’s decision said.

It intends that the artworks will “encourage locals and tourists to stay longer and spend more, improve the general wellbeing of residents, signpost to businesses across the city, and overcome the lack of perceived safety in certain areas of Hereford”.

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The money, which includes a further £39,000 for public consultation, project management and documentation, comes from the £6-million Hereford City Centre Improvements scheme, jointly funded by the council and the soon-to-be-defunct Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

But the funding is time-limited.

“Due to the late delivery there is a limited window to commission artists and install the artworks before the end of March 2024,” the council said, but added: “Many of the artworks have quick installation times.”