Cultivate@Courtyard: Exhibition launch and artist commended

The private viewing for The Courtyard’s visual arts project Cultivate@Courtyard was launched on Friday 4 May, showcasing the work of three shortlisted local artists aged 16-25.

Levi Cook, Megan Banks-Jenkins and Nuala Hussey have all studied and lived in Herefordshire, with disciplines ranging from fine art and illustration to photography. For the last six months they have received mentorship from professional artist and jeweller, Maria Morgan, working towards an exhibition based around the brief Herefordshire, which will be on display at The Courtyard as well as Old Mayor’s Parlour Gallery, throughout May and June.

Maria Morgan, Project Co-ordinator, says: “Cultivate@Courtyard is a really exciting project which has supported emerging artists to raise their artistic profile and develop skills.”

Sir Roy Strong, who served as director of both The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, adjudicated the exhibition and commended Levi Cooke who was awarded a cash prize of £1000 for best meeting the brief.

Sir Roy Strong commended Levi Cooke for best meeting the brief.

The viewing was accompanied by music from local band Sundown Jazz Society and complementary drinks.

The exhibition is open to the public to view at The Courtyard until Saturday June 30.

If you’re an artist aged 16-25 and you’d like more information about submissions for the next Cultivate@Courtyard project, 2018/19, please click here or email