events & exhibitions at GRIZEDALE FOREST THIS SEASON
In addition to the sculpture collection, Grizedale Forest plays host to exhibitions, performances and events. See below for more information about current and upcoming events and exhibitions. See images of Past Events and exhibitions at Grizedale Forest and Plan your Visit to find information about other events happening at Grizedale Forest.
An exhibition of illustrations exploring the ancient legends, stories and mythology of the forest, looking at the feelings the forest evokes in us and the effects on our wellbeing.
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.
This new piece of artwork, entitled ‘Mountains We Made’ by Cumbria-based artist Charlie Whinney, has been specially commissioned by The Forestry Commission England, Lakes Culture and Lakes Alive in response to the new World Heritage inscription for the Lake District National Park. The designation was for its ‘cultural landscape’.
Mountains We Made is created from a series of ten steam bent sections of wood. The oak for the sculpture has been sustainably sourced from Grizedale Forest in the Lake District. The sculpture is designed for people to walk along. The wooden sections are inspired by and echo the forms ofthe ten highest peaks in the Lake District. Embedded with words that are taken from Lake District maps, viewers are encourage to follow the pathway through this new cultural landscape. Mountains We Made is currently touring to a number of venues and arts events including Brockhole, Lakes Alive and will be returning to Grizedale to become part of the permanent collection in January 2018.
somewhere-nowhere (Harriet Fraser and Rob Fraser)
An invitation to pause with a single aspen tree in the forest landscape. Created from reclaimed stone using traditional dry stone walling techniques, treefold:centre is carved with poetry and has through-stones that double up as seats. The entrance is aligned with the position of the rising sun on midsummer’s day and an aspen will be planted within the walls in February 2018. treefold:centre is one of three treefolds in Cumbria which have been built to mark the creation of a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People. The words carved into the three treefolds link to form a full poem. This fixed point acts as an enduring marker in the ever changing forest landscape.