Henry Castle has been selected to develop a major new artwork for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. The new work is due to be completed and open to the public in early summer 2016.
“Henry is a young artist who creates highly original sculptures that respond to their specific locations. He uses a process of enquiry and exploration to reveal hidden aspects of place. Based on his initial proposal the Trust are very excited by the prospect of a new work of sculpture that will resonate powerfully with the people, history and geography of the Forest of Dean” Andrew Stonyer, Chair, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust
“My work responds to particular places in the landscape and it is a privilege to be invited to this unique forest as context and inspiration for making sculpture. Having made so many discoveries already about the history and the geology of this incredibly interesting place I am very much looking forward to spending a great deal of time in The Forest during the coming year and seeing what other secrets it throws up, as the work moves forward.” Henry Castle.
Henry Castle follows in the footsteps of artists such as David Nash and Cornelia Parker, who made artworks for the Trail in early stages of their careers. Castle was born in Bath in 1987, and brought up in Malmesbury, North Wiltshire, he later studied art at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham before winning the Landmark Art Prize upon graduating from Wimbledon College of Art in London. His recent commissions include a major permanent artwork for Jupiterartland in Edinburgh and a series of works at Rubislaw quarry in Aberdeen.
The project is being managed in close partnership with the Forestry Commission and is the first in a series of four artworks planned for the Trail following investment from Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.