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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 a new partnership between Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England to support achieving great art for everyone in England's public forests.

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Hunting of the snarkThe Hunting of the Snark

The classic Lewis Carroll poem, The Hunting of the Snark, will be brought to life in the forest by innovative theatre company, Burn the Curtain. Download the Snarkhunter app to follow the original story, then come along to the forests for the exciting promenade theatre show.

Earth Photo entry - Sue JugnarainEarth Photo 2018

The exceptional shortlist of photographs and films will be presented at sites across England from 27 July 2018 for the inaugural Earth Photo exhibition.More info

Nissen Hut in Dalby ForestNissen Hut By Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread has been commissioned to mark the centenary of the Forestry Commission. The sculpture will be the cast of the inside of a local Nissen hut – the pre-fab military structure which was used to house the workers who planted Dalby Forest in 1920.

The Company of Wolves The Company of Wolves

Theatre company Burn the Curtain adapt Angela Carter’s classic tale to a promenade adventure for runners and walkers.

Jerwood ForestJerwood Open Forest

Artists announced for the second edition of major commissioning initiative Jerwood Open, which will see new interactions between artists and forests.

InTheEyesAnimalsmall.jpgIn the Eyes of the Animal

Told from the viewpoint of the animal inhabitants of the forest, this 360 degree experience is a short story focusing on the life-cycle of three species.

Hoang Long:Fishing net checkAtkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 

This international showcase celebrates the very best in environmental photography and film.

Enviromental Photographer image courtesy of Risky Ride, Khalid RayhanGuardians of the Areng Valley

Guardians of the Areng Valley is a major outdoor photography exhibition by internationally acclaimed photographer Luke Duggleby - Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest.

AND festival returns to GrizedaleAND Festival returns to Grizedale Forest 

Discover the dynamic festival of new cinema, digital culture and art and experience the forest anew.


Resident sound artists Antoine Bertin and Dawn Scarfe reveal their exploration and research of England's forests.

Living SymphoniesLiving Symphonies 

A remarkable new way for audiences to explore forests with their ears as well as eyes in four English forests during summer 2014. Composed by Daniel Jones and James Bulley.

forest artworksArts Council England Memorandum of Understanding 

Read the full Memorandum of Understanding and view a short video showcasing Forest Art Works.

Discover art in the forest

If you are interested in exploring art and architecture in the forest landscape why not visit one of our flagship sites?

Kielder Art & Architecture

Unique architecture programme in Europe's largest plantation forest
Nr. Hexham, Northumberland 

Grizedale Forest

The UK's First Forest for Sculpture.
Nr. Ambleside, Cumbria 

The Dream

Award winning landmark sculpture by Jaume Plensa
Sutton Manor, St.Helens, Merseyside

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

World renowned Sculpture Trail.
Nr. Coleford, Gloucestershire 

FermynWoods Contemporary Art

Commissioning site-specific Artists in Residence, Installations and Interventions.
Nr. Kettering in Northamptonshire 

Stour Valley Arts

Inspirational artworks, events and education programmes in Kings Wood.  
Nr. Ashford, Kent

Last updated: 14th July 2018

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