Here at V8Media, November came to an end with the Hereford College of Arts Annual Networking Event. The evening’s focus was on Creative Ways to Work Creatively in Herefordshire, and featured talks from artists, business people, and creative individuals from across the County.
Following a warm welcome from Principal Richard Heatly, the first speaker explained how artists are joining together to achieve a greater presence on the high street, using Gallery 25 as an example. As the co founder of both Gallery 25 and Artsite, Steve Bourke demonstrated how these non-profit studios provide artists, designers, and creative professionals with the opportunity to showcase their work and develop their careers amongst a community of likeminded individuals.
"Herefordshire is rich in creativity and we aim to give talented individuals the opportunity to sell their work" – Gallery 25
The second speaker -Mark Hubbard – explored how to create a larger identity as a small business on the high street. As the new owner of Hereford’s only independent health food store, Fodder, Mark is a passionate advocate for The Independent Quarter. Created in response to concerns that Old Market shopping centre could prove to be detrimental to Hereford town centre, The Independent Quarter serves as a hub of creativity and innovation for the city. From Church St. to East St. it incorporates a careful selection of small businesses, restaurants, and cafes which collectively form the Heart of Hereford.
The final talk was led by Ian Morgan, with the focus on raising awareness for Herefordshire Media Network. Having worked as a freelance Supervising Sound Editor for clients such as Sony Pictures and the BBC, Ian is now the Chair of HMN; a voluntary group of professionals with experience in media and the creative industries. During the talk Ian introduced fellow member of the steering group for HMN, and our Managing Director – Claire Wozencroft – who unveiled V8Media’s brand new website for Herefordshire Media Network.
Following the talks a group of HCA students, who together form The Performing Arts Enterprise, shared their recent achievement of winning the award for Best Customer Service at last months Young Enterprise Fair. The PAE will also be holding a pantomime adaption of J M Barrie’s Peter Pan next week in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, details of the event can be found here. After an opportunity to network, the event was brought to an end by the Business Development Manager at HCA – Wendy Tolley – who organised a thoroughly enjoyable evening!