The focal point of BathIRON will be the live forging of a newly-designed balustrade for the Parade Gardens bandstand by eight Master Blacksmiths and their teams. Read the fascinating story behind the new balustrade here.
The balustrade will represent a musical score, interspersed with eight music-inspired panels, leaving a bold and impressive legacy of this flagship event at the heart of Bath. You can be part of this unique creation by sponsoring a note.
Blacksmiths: To take part, and for your chance to be on one of the forging teams buy your ticket here.
There are limited places to join the Masters’ forging teams and you will need to commit to two consecutive days of forging.
Everyone else: just turn up! If you would like to book a 30-minute 1:1 blacksmithing taster session, view available slots and book here.
We are thrilled that the following Masters have agreed to be part of BathIRON. Find out more about them and their designs for the new balustrade here.
There will be opportunities for both adults and children to have a go at forging during the weekend days of BathIRON. Enjoy the increasingly rare experience of making something with your own hands, sign up for a session, and take home your own hand-forged memento of the event.
Adults (14+): For a chance to forge with expert tutors from the National School of Blacksmithing and highly experienced local craftsmen, create something unique to take home with you for just £10 for a 30 minute 1:1 forging session.
Children under the age of 14: just turn up on Saturday or Sunday and head to the Children’s Forging Tent where Robert & Carol Smith will guide you carefully through forging a treble clef. Cost: £5 (Suggested min donation, payable on the day)
Visit the West Dean College of Arts and Conservation stand and try different techniques to create textures, shapes and words on steel tokens. Make your own metal key or luggage tag or name plates for dogs or pets. Tutors and alumni will give a demonstration, then you will use polished and textured hammers, and a range of punches. Participants of all skill levels from the age of 10 (accompanied by an adult) can participate.
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June
10.30 – 11.15
11.45 – 12.30
13.00 – 13.45
14.15 – 15.00
15.30 – 16.15
16.30 – 17.15
Suitable for all skill levels. Minimum age 10 years. Ages 10 to 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission: FREE (£5 suggested donation to cover materials)
On Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June, groups of school children from all over Bath will be forging treble clefs with Robert and Carol Smith. This fantastic opportunity is free of charge to schools who are taking part. During the event, Robert will be transforming the children’s work into a beautiful sphere of treble clefs – a wonderful legacy of this unique event created by the school children of Bath.
Robert and Carol, who were both born in Bath, have been forging with children at blacksmithing festivals all over the world for two decades and BathIRON will be their swansong. They have many fond childhood memories of Parade Gardens and we are delighted that they are able to contribute so fully and generously to make BathIRON the unique event it promises to be.
Schools who have already signed up: Bathampton School, Bathwick St Mary School, Oldfield Junior School, Widcombe Junior School, St Marks School, Royal High School, Kingswood School.
HAS YOUR SCHOOL SIGNED UP YET? All Bath Schools have been invited and there are only a few places left… please contact 07985 930 217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book in.
Hot on the heels of curating Transition at Ypres 2016 and Forge at Ferrous 2017, Delyth Done will bring her magic touch to BathIRON, assembling a dynamic exhibition showcasing the ‘best of the best’ in international and home-grown talent. If you are new to the world of the Artist Blacksmith, this exciting exhibition of high-calibre work will open your eyes to the endless creative potential of hot-forged metal.
The 3D version of our seminar, this museum-style exhibition will explore through physical pieces and conservation work in progress:
With historical time-lines, examples of work through the ages, different materials and styles to identify, and plenty of children’s activities, this exhibition will ensure that you never pass another piece of ironwork in the street without noticing it. Find out what it’s all about, and why BathIRON came into existence in the first place.