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.
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
Book at learnsteambending.com
5 February - 30 April 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.
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.
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.