Free Giant’s Chair Charcoal drawing workshops: 23rd -24th January 2016

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.

Timber and Charcoal from the Giant’s Chair to be distributed


Forestry Commission England in partnership with Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail will give away timber cut offs from the remains of Place on 23-24thJanuary 2016, 10am – 4pm by the Container-a-Cafe at Beechenhurst.

The wood will be available for free on a first come first served basis as long as supplies of the left over wood last.

In addition 100 bags of limited edition charcoal made from the recent charcoal burning event are available for collection from Beechenhurst on the same weekend as part of “Charcoal Works”, an online archive of charcoal artworks led by artist Onya McCausland. If you are unable to visit the collection site, some charcoal may be available via post from January 2016. Please email to register interest for a postal delivery of charcoal. Additional collection sites for the charcoal are available in London and Cheltenham to find out more and to register to be part of an online archive of charcoal artworks go to: You can also follow the developments of Charcoal Works on twitter @turningland


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