Forestry Commission England is leading a major new programme of work to re-establish Grizedale Forest as a centre of international excellence for art in the environment.
Through a programme of Research & Development we have worked with 9 artists to develop a series of ambitious works interpreting the forest landscape.
Visit each artist's page to find out more about their practice.
The proposed works would create new art experiences in 3 key areas made accessible to all, throughout a range of forest landscapes. The new works would also include opportunities for cyclists exploring the forest on two wheels to engage with new landmark sculpture. Read more about the trails below.
The Ridding Wood Trail
Tania Kovats was commissioned to take the lead in developing an overall theme for Grizedale Forest's most popular and all accessible trail which makes a short figure of 8 through the Ridding Wood.
Kovats also mentored 5 emerging artists who were commissioned to explore a similar area of the forest. Jill Cole, Jo Lathwood, Jessica Lloyd-Jones, Charlotte McGowan-Griffin and Andrew Ranville will develop commissions with particular reference to Grizedale Hall which once stood on the site, and Grizedale's history as a Prisoner of War camp in WWll.
The Millwood Trail
Artists Laura Ford and Keith Wilson have been commissioned to develop work for the Millwood Trail. This part of the Forest sits between Grizedale Visitor Centre, Grizedale bike shop, Go Ape and the adjoining agricultural landscape.
Laura Ford will develop work for a specific woodland area, notable for its grand Douglas Fir and home to Grizedale Forest's tallest tree. Keith Wilson has been asked to respond to the relationship between the forest landscape and the adjoining agricultural landscape which runs through the heart of Grizedale valley.
Cycle roots Grizedale
Grizedale Forest is a hub for mountain bikers. Andrew Sabin has been asked to consider the cyclists' relationship to the forest landscape and create a work that all visitors to the forest can explore. A test-piece of his proposal High-Fell House is on display at Grizedale Forest.