Hidden Art Wood Pop Up art exhibition at Queenswood

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Young people accessing SHYPPs media and arts project (mediaSHYPP) created and curated a unique outdoor pop up art exhibition entitled ‘Hidden Art Wood’.  For inspiration and research the young people visited the local archives centres, art exhibitions and a butterfly zoo(!) and worked on delevloping their individual responses to environmental issues with a focus on new concepts relating to Biomimicry. The responses were varied in style and approach from forged metal work to oil painting.  Memebers of the public discovered the exhbition and explored the theme with the young artists themselves.

The was a project funded by the Herefordshire Community Foundation www.herefordshirecf.org and was in partnership with local artist Jaime Jackson from www.saltroad.org.uk/about/ respresting New Leaf and Queenswood county park.  The project delivery was also supported by local artists

Joe Hemming – joe.hemming.39       www.joehemmingart.weebly.com

and Levi Cooke – its_leviosar

Please do check out the photos in the gallery which will be continually updated and also read the comments below made by some of the young poeple who accessed the project:-



I made two pieces for the art project Hidden Art Wood. The first piece I made was a huge tree. The base of of the tree was made from a log. The four branches were made from long metal rods, that i forged myself. I bent the branches, so that they would curve over peoples heads. I then forged scrolls at the end of each branch. I put camouflage netting over top of the branches to make it look like the tree had leaves. within the camo netting I made blank tags, so that people could write their own personal messages on them. I wanted this piece to be interactive to the public.

the second piece I used was from a previous project that I was apart of, called mid way beyond. However, I organised it into a different format to create a different piece, to how it was show cased before. out of this piece I created a totem tree.

I have taken part in exhibitions before, however, they have all be indoors not outdoors. It was such a nice experience having my work displayed at Queenswood.

I had high expectations for the project because the others that were work on the project are very creative. I also expected not to finish my piece as it was going to be so big.

Forging something so big when I am only 5ft 1ins was very hard to do indeed. To overcome this hurdle that I was facing I had to have somebody to help me hold the metal rods as I forged them.

I liked working with other people to create a big exhibition. It ought me that I could work in a bigger group to what i actually use to working with.

The exhibition was amazing with peoples’ very different outlooks and interpretations on the theme of biomimicry. All the piece displayed all complimented each other perfectly. We had great reception, which made me feel good and more confident about showcasing more of my work in the future.

I had the opportunity to work with amazing up and coming artist and tutors, that also are very inspiring. I also gained more confidence in my ability as an artist. plus the opportunity to actually show case my work.

Thank you to everyone that could make this project go ahead and helped us all to be successful with all the encouragement you gave us.   


My project was about bio mimicry and the implications of nature vs nurture in biological psychology. I wanted to personify the surrealist concept of freud’s theory of the battle of father vs son and with freudian logic as opposed to the mother-esque views in naturalistic situations.

I faced a few challenges in the exhibition such as the weather it was mainly environmental factors, ironically.

It was a weird experience for me, working in a group as i am used to solo projects but the exhibition was amazing and highly successful. In general i was very nervous about showcasing my work but the public were intrigued in a positive manner. the project has helped me to become more confident in groups and being in leadership role.



My project was a painting of a post apocalyptic scene of the black and white house in Hereford

I had never done anything like this before i had only done basic sketches before and never painted.

In all honesty i thought that the end product would be crap.

I was challenged by using different painting techniques as well as things such as brush control and paint mixing

working with other people presented both challenges and opportunities for me. they would suggest certain techniques that helped me improve on my skill as well as alterations to my artwork that i saw as not necessary.

I got the chance to display my artwork and this was a great way to boost my self confidence regarding my skill.