Open Call Opportunity for South West Artists

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust is looking for artworks that respond and connect to themes of shelter, sanctuary, recycling and renewal in forest and woodland environments.  We are particularly interested in artworks that explore themes of bio-diversity, wildlife and climate change. This is open to artists based in the South West of England*.  The artworks can be ground anchored, tethered or suspended from the tree canopy.

Selected artworks will be exhibited at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, a Forestry England site, for at least 3 months in 2021. The provisional exhibition date is May – August 2021 but this subject to change depending on government guidelines.

Budget: £2500

Deadline: 31st January 2021

How to apply:

Send a 500 word proposal with up to 5 images as attachments or integrated into document. At least one image should show the artwork with dimensions drawn on top.  Video links can also be sent as you tube/video web links (please do not send us any video files).  The description should include:

  1. Title and description of artwork
  2. Dimensions / weight of artwork.
  3. Installation and display requirements (e.g. is it suspended from trees or ground anchored)
  4. Details of materials the artwork is made of e.g. timber, steel etc
  5. Evidence that you have considered health and safety of public and wildlife – e.g. no sharp edges or hazardous materials
  6. Evidence of durability and robustness for an outdoor public site.
  7. Artist CV as a website link or attachment.

Email to: Cat Roberts, Project Manager: fodstopencall@gmail.com

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail is an open access site with no security or full time staffing. All artworks are exposed to the elements so must be able to withstand strong winds and heavy rain. The site is owned and managed by Forestry England. Due to the open public access, the Sculpture Trust cannot cover costs of any loss or damage to artworks caused by the public, wildlife or weather.

Artworks that will be considered:

  • Pre-existing artworks that relate to the themes of the brief are welcomed
  • New artworks yet to be fabricated are also considered but due to the limited budget evidence must be provided that the artwork can feasibly be fabricated and completed by May 2021
  • Artworks of any scale, but bear in mind its best to propose ideas that stand out in the dense woodland vegetation
  • Any material as long as there is no risk to wildlife, flora or fauna.
  • Self-supporting artworks that cannot be easily moved or stolen
  • Artworks that are suspended, attached to trees or anchored to the ground.

We regret we cannot accept artworks that:

  • require lighting or power
  • are digital or online artworks
  • that are enclosed spaces that require staffing
  • are fragile or have sharp edges that could cause injury
  • could decay quickly and not withstand 3 months of continuous exposure in the outdoors.
  • require insurance from theft or damage

All artists participating are expected to have Public Liability and Indemnity Insurance.

*South West of England region includes: Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. 

If you are a D/deaf or Disabled artist and require this information in a different format get in touch we’re happy to discuss any access needs. You can also submit your application in BSL as a video link, but don’t forget to include images of your proposed work!