For any artist there comes a point where you must step out, bright-eyed and paint-stained, in to the big bad world.
You leave the classroom, slap a pricetag on your labour of love, and wait.
It’s a big step. But it is one that can be made a little easier with a little help from your friends.
Enter We Are Tourists, a cool collective of nine artists coming out of the HCA.
A piece by WAT's Jim Reid. "My aim is to create works that communicate with themselves and each other the same way we do."
Since its inception in 2001, the Free Range showcase at The Old Truman Brewery in London has fast-become the place to get noticed as a new artist. The East London show is a mecca for talent and bills itself as a launchpad in to the industry for the next crop of creative minds.
That kind of exposure doesn’t come cheap.
In order to pay for a stand at June’s Free Range, We Are Tourists need to raise £3,000. They are just under halfway there.
Piece by Christopher Cotton. "I investigate a persistent infatuation with attraction, sexuality, addiction and
If you’re a farmer and you need to raise money, you sell a few lambs. If you’re a car salesman, you sell a few cars. If you’re an artist - and a wildy-talented one and that – you get in the studio and create a varied and beautiful exhibition to showcase, and hopefully sell, your work.
For WAT members, that exhibition is happening in Hereford this weekend.
By Angela Holden."I am creating narratives beyond the superficial, questioning visual perceptions."
“They are a dynamic and resourceful collective,” said HCA fine art course leader Dr Daniel Pryde-Jarman.
“Faced with the fast-approaching transition from art college, to life as emerging artists, they have come together to share their skills and impressive energy to help promote the development of experimental contemporary art in Herefordshire.
“With a collaborative DIY spirit, We Are Tourists are venturing out to seek new opportunities on a regional and national level, touring their work from Hereford to London, and no doubt on again.”
The final-year students have poured blood, sweat and ink in to the show, which is running at De Koffie Pot at the Left Bank from April 23 to 29.
There'll be a private view from 5.30pm tonight (Friday, April 22) with live music and refreshments.