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Open call for inaugural Grizedale Residency opportunity at Grizedale Forest in collaboration with the Royal Society of Sculptors

Hazel Stone

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS - 1st March 2019 at 5pm

Fully funded 6 week summer residency opportunity with thanks to the generous support from the Brian Mercer Trust is now open for applications.
This opportunity is for emerging artists based in the North West and will culminate in a showcase exhibition at the end of the residency.
For more information and how to apply please follow the link

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If a Tree Falls - Michaela French

Hazel Stone

If A Tree Falls in A Forest is an artistic investigation based upon the well-known philosophical thought experiment regarding the observation and perception of reality. The exhibition combines contemporary art & design with cosmological research.

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Inspired by Nature - Royal Society of Sculptors

Hazel Stone

24th May - 23rd September 2018

The Forestry Commission has teamed up with the Royal Society of Sculptors to create a new exhibition as part of Grizedale Forest’s 50th Anniversary of Arts and Culture in the forest.

Since 1968 artists have been drawn to Grizedale to create beautiful pieces inspired by this special place. Known for its internationally renowned forest sculpture collection, Grizedale now hosts a free rolling programme of contemporary exhibitions in its gallery set in the heart of the Lake District forest.

The ‘Inspired by Nature’ exhibition includes work from nine artists using a range of media - from pine needles to marble, bronze and wood. All the works presented have been inspired by nature in some way.

Featured artists include Sadie Brockbank, Linda Johns, Neil Ferber, Jeremy Turner, Anna Gillespie, Diane Maclean, Janne Malmros, Gerry Judah and Julian Wild.

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Steam Bending Workshop

Hazel Stone



28 April 2018

Gain a new insight into the history, uses and physical properties of wood, and learn all about the dark art of steam-bending solid wood into impossible looking shapes, including twisting, splitting and 3 types of compression strap.  We will be bending 10 different species as well as seeing how thick a piece we can bend on the day!  Everyone gets to take part during the 2 hour teaching session and there will an optional making session afterwards when you can make your own unique sculpture, steam-bent pot or lampshade to take home.  This is transformational afternoon, with a talk, slideshow, practical seminar, plus live experiments. come along and you will never look at a tree in the same way again! 

Teaching session 1pm - 3pm. Making session 3pm - 5pm.  £25

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Completing the treefold sculpture: Community Tree Planting

Hazel Stone



12 Feb 2018

Come and join us to plant trees around the new treefold:centre sculpture in Grizedale Forest, and celebrate the completion of the sculpture with the artists, Harriet and Rob Fraser of somewhere-nowhere.

treefold:centre was built in summer 2017 as part of the sculpture collection at Grizedale Forest. It is one of three treefolds in Cumbria that have been created by artists Harriet and Rob Fraser as a legacy of The Long View and a marker of the UK Tree Charter.

More information and register for a place at

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Balance, Stack, Play

Hazel Stone



5 February - 20 May 2018

Balance, Stack, Play is an interactive exhibition inviting everyone to be an artist. Audience members are asked to balance, build and construct their own sculptures using Kayt Hughes signature wooden blocks, to create their own sculptural form.

Visitors are asked to photograph their creations and upload to social media. A winning sculpture will be selected from the entries to be scaled up to create the latest sculpture for Grizedale’s world famous sculpture collection.

Kayt Hughes is a contemporary artist from Manchester, who graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 and was awarded the Woon Prize for Painting and Sculpture. Solo exhibitions include “My Five Year Old Could Have Done That” at Gallery North and “It May Not Be Perfect But It’s Mine” at The NewBridge Project. This exhibition has been kindly supported by the Arts Council England, PLANT and 3rd Dimension.

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Career Start Up Workshop

Hazel Stone



Wednesday 17th January, 13.30pm-17.30pm

Career Start Up Workshop is part of a series of Business development workshops and events designed by the Crafts Council to provide makers with skills to strengthen their business development and promote their work successfully.

Find out about how to turn your making into your brand and a business tool. Two established makers will provide insight into their business and give valuable advice on their experiences setting up their businesses.

Booking essential. Early bird tickets available until 15th December 2017. More information and tickets are available on the Crafts Council Website

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Man Bends Tree

Hazel Stone



9 January - 13 May 2018

This exhibition shows the development of Charlie Whinney’s practice over the last ten years from architect – designer to pure sculptural practice and his continued passion for investigating man’s relationship with nature through his work.

Charlie’s 2017 piece Mountains we Made will also be celebrated as the latest addition to Grizedale’s world famous forest sculpture collection. This piece, made of steam bent wood grown in Grizedale, was a co-commission by the Forestry Commission, Lakes Culture and Lakes Alive as a response to the announcement of the World Heritage Status.

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Cubby's Tarn

Hazel Stone



18 October - 31 December 2017

This exhibition by photographer Joseph Wright features a series of images created at a Cubby's Tarn. Part biographical in nature, Joseph takes inspiration for this series from the working life of the late John Cubby MBE, former Forestry Commission Chief Wildlife Ranger and family friend.

This man-made tarn was known to be a favourite location in the forest for John. It was later renamed Cubby’s Tarn in dedication of his memory and recognises the significant influences John had on advancing wildlife management techniques worldwide over his 35-year tenure with the Forestry Commission at Grizedale.

Over a number of years Joseph developed an intimate level of understanding of the tarn and surrounding woodland through repeated visits, to create a quiet and expressive body of work that explores the ‘spirit of place'. The photographs also shows us the regenerative effects of nature after forestry activity, and gives voice to those that manage our forests for future generations and their predecessors that passed before.

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22 July 2017, 11am - 12pm, Free

Photographer Rob Fraser and writer Harriet Fraser, whose collaborative exhibition The Long View is the Galleries this summer will be giving a talk about the background to the work. They’ll share stories from two-years of walking and encounters with seven remarkably ordinary trees in Cumbria; their experience of tackling the 130km link walk between the trees; how they chose the trees; their creative approach; and the evolution of a collaborative practice that blends images, words and temporary installations inspired by trees and the layered history of the landscape.

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Rob and Harriet Fraser


22nd June – 10th October 2017

Meeting seven remarkably ordinary trees in extraordinary locations.

Over two years Rob and Harriet Fraser have walked repeatedly to seven lone trees in Cumbria and spent time with them in all seasons, all weathers, night and day. This exhibition of photographs, poetry, video and installations reveals a deepening relationship with these trees and the land they overlook, and is an invitation to pause and share the wonders of the arboreal world.

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Karen Shepherdson


7 June - 31 October 2017

In April Grizedale Forest hosted Karen Sheperdson's touring project 'The Welcome Rest', offering free photographic portraits of dogs and their owners.

This exhibition displays selected portraits taken in the forest, revealing the complex and frequently tender relationships and bonds between dogs and their companions.

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Meadhbh O’Connor


30th January - 11th June 2017

Biosystem is a solo exhibition by Méadhbh O’Connor. Méadhbh (pronounced ‘Mave’) is an Irish artist who works at the conjunction of art, science and environmentalism.

The exhibition brings together sculptural installation art that aims to draw attention to our place in a wider natural system that is both powerful and fragile. A constellation of ‘living orbs’, commissioned by the Forestry Commission, are presented as a walk-through gallery installation. The artwork loosely refers to the modern emphasis on and developments in environmental sciences, James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis, graphic illustration in Sci-fi fantasy literature and film, horticultural design and many other references.

Biosystem, an exhibition open to interpretation, aims to offer visitors an imaginative space that reminds us of our position as one part of a much broader and highly-complex eco and climate system; a system upon which we depend for our survival, health and wellbeing.


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Mariele Neudecker


1 October 2016 - Ongoing

In Faintly Falling Upon All the Living and the Dead three life sized trees are transplanted into the gallery space. They allude to the stillness of a forest clearing, without the sound of wind or creaking boughs. Held in suspension, we are able to examine the exquisite detail of the bark and delicate forest floor on our own eye level.

The work of artist Mariele Neudecker is an ongoing exploration of the landscape tradition in art, and the changing representation and reception of nature and landscape. The context of the surrounding forest and Lake District provides a special setting from which to observe the changing meaning of landscape over time.

Neudecker has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the IKON Gallery, Birmingham, Tate St Ives, Tate Britain, London, the Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, as well as in Biennales in Japan, Australia and Singapore. Group exhibitions include MODEL, Galerie Rudolfinum Praha (2015), ANTARCTROPIA at the Antarctic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2014) and ARCTIC, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2013).

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Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016

Hazel Stone

3 September 2016 - 1 January 2017

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 presents a shortlist of 60 exceptional environmental photographs, from a submission of ten thousand images by photographers and filmmakers from across seventy countries. The exhibition will be on show at Royal Geographical Society, before touring to Grizedale Forest, supported for the fourth year by Forestry Commission England.

The photographs and films reflect the urgent environmental and social concerns that surround us today. Topics include recent natural catastrophes induced by the changing climate, the effects of population growth on the urban environment, and the resourceful ways in which the human race is preserving the earth’s biodiversity.

The exhibition at Grizedale Forest will be accompanied by a portfolio showcase by Pedram Yazdani, winner of the Forestry Commission England People Nature and Economy Award 2016.       @EPOTYcomp      #EPOTY16