Brightly lit and filled with unique and original works of art and craft The Craft Gallery on the first floor of the Old Mayor's Parlour holds four exhibitions a year. The Craft Gallery will also take part in the annual h.Art Week over nine days in September. With Hereford's City of Culture bid for 2021 The Craft Gallery is looking for visitors and Herefodians support to ensure that this venture is a success for the City and the county's artists and artisans.
The gallery is a first-floor exhibition space. The building is old and quirky, but the display units, hanging system and directional lighting is what you'd expect from a modern gallery space. The Old Mayor's Parlour is enjoyed by residents and visitors to the City who are art buyers and collectors, gallery browsers, history buffs or those just curious to look and perhaps be challenged by some of the work on show.
The 14th Century Old Mayor's Parlour is located within the old-walled area of the City of Hereford called the Independent Quarter. We call this Hereford's bijou take on the North Laine, Brighton and York's Shambles. The present building was probably laid-out in the early 16th century. On the first floor of the Old Mayor’s Parlour there is a particularly rare plaster ceiling incorporating coats of arms and nature inspired subjects. You'll also see Hereford's Castle in the roof-truss fresco.
The building is owned by the Church Street Charitable Trust which is a not-for-profit organisation. Commission on sales is used to meet the costs of curating, stewarding, marketing and running The Craft Gallery. The building will be open from Tuesday to Saturday 09:30 to 17:00. Working with the team at John McKellar Designer Jewellry has enabled regular opening hours to be offered.