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Sculpture at Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest, 10 square miles of natural woodland in the Lake District near Coniston Water, is a large area of completely open, accessible, and free forest and path which is managed and maintained by Forestry Commission England.

It is the UK's first forest for sculpture - its history as a site for sculpture in the landscape was established in 1977, in collaboration with the Forestry Commission by the then Grizedale Society, now Grizedale Arts based at Lawson Park. The Art Roots Grizedale programme is led by Forestry Commission England and will re-establish Grizedale Forest as a centre of international excellence for art and sculpture in the environment.


Forest Art Works

We believe that Forest Art Works - Since 1968 England’s Public Forest Estate has played host to artworks and initiatives across artforms. We believe that woodlands and forests are vital places for contemporary artists to engage with, to make and present new work. Forest Art Works is apartnership between Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England to support achieving great art and culture for everyone in England's public forests. The new partnership from 2016-2020 builds on the success of an initial Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations in 2012.

Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/forestartworks for more information about Forest Art Works projects nationally. To follow us on twitter

 

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Current projects

Cosmos by Semiconductor installed at Alice Holt Forest in 2014 commissioned through the first edition of Jerwood Open Forest.

Cosmos by Semiconductor installed at Alice Holt Forest in 2014 commissioned through the first edition of Jerwood Open Forest.

Jerwood Open Forest

From an excellent response of almost 500 diverse and ambitious proposals, five artists were selected to develop proposals for a major new £30,000 commission.

Rebecca Beinart, Magz Hall, Keith Harrison, David Rickard and David Turleyeach received a £2,000 research and development fee with which to expand on the concept of their proposals.  We are delighted to announce that Keith Harrison's project Joyride will be realised in Cannock Chase Forest in Autumn 2017.

For more details visit jerwoodopenforest.org


In the Eyes of the Animal by Marshmallow Laser Feast at AND Festival 2015 in Grizedale Forest.

In the Eyes of the Animal by Marshmallow Laser Feast at AND Festival 2015 in Grizedale Forest.

In the Eyes of the Animal

In the Eyes of the Animal by Marshmallow Laser Feast is a dreamy virtual reality experience, transporting you on an animated, sonic journey immersed in a vibrant world belonging to woodland creatures. Co-commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Forest Art Works, this critically acclaimed VR experience will be released online and for mobile on 22 July 2016, supported by The Space.

Enter this sensory 3D world from the comfort of your own home at iteota.com. Find out about further tour dates at andfestival.org.uk


The Company of Wolves at Haldon Forest Park, Devon at Halloween 2015.

The Company of Wolves at Haldon Forest Park, Devon at Halloween 2015.

The Company of Wolves

In a tiny village on the edge of distant mountains, a young girl puts on her red shoes and cloak, and heads into the forest alone, watched by unseen eyes. As the shadows lengthen, she begins to run…

Burn the Curtain's re-telling of Angela Carter's dark and mysterious tale The Company of Wolves is a promenade theatre performance for runners and walkers.  With sell out shows at Haldon Forest Park in 2015, this performance will tour to Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest, Kent this October. Find out more at burnthecurtain.co.uk