Join local artist Rachel Shilston and experiment with charcoal made from the Giant’s Chair (Place by Magdalena Jetelova) in this fantastic drawing workshop. Suitable for children and all ages welcome, materials and paper provided.

This is a drop in activity taking place 12noon-3pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January. At the Beechenhurst Lodge shop. Container-a-Cafe will be serving hot drinks, snacks and cakes.

Charcoal and timber from the Giant’s Chair will also be given away – on a first come first served basis as long as supplies last. Artwork by local group MindScape will also be on display.

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New year heralds two more new sculptures for the Forest of Dean

2016 is set to be a busy year for Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail at Forestry Commission England’s Beechenhurst, with two further artists awarded new commissions for the site.

An innovative solar powered light sculpture by Andrea Roe will arrive in March. The artwork is inspired by hidden networks of fungi that exist in the ground and will be motion triggered by passing walkers. The sculpture will be visible in daytime beneath the dark canopy of the forest and will stay in place for one year.

Additionally Pomona Zipser has been to selected to lead a permanent major work due to be completed in September. Zipser is a Germany based Romanian artist. This will be her first major sculpture on UK soil, and will further boost the Trail’s international profile.

These commissions will develop alongside Henry Castle and Onya McCausland’s and each will lead to very different artworks and offer exciting new ways to learn from and experience the Forest of Dean’s spectacular landscape, all year round.

Further details of all four commissions will be revealed in coming months.