Threshold by Natasha Rosling Unveilled

Photo Garry Loughlin. Copyright Natasha Rosling 2019.

Threshold is a new permanent sculpture by artist Natasha Rosling sited by a sheltered woodland pond on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.  Inspired by the ancient history of mining beneath the surface of the Forest of Dean, Threshold’s large interlocking walls take a crevice-like form that visitors can walk through and immerse themselves within.

The artist spent time at Clearwell Caves, an historic iron and ochre mine, to take moulds of hidden underground rock faces marked with the impressions of pick axe marks and dynamite blasts. A large formwork was then constructed on site in the forest, lined with a patchwork of these moulds. Over a period of one month, pigmented concrete was poured in stages to form vivid red ochre walls that boldly contrast with the woodland backdrop.

Artist Natasha Rosling said:

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed delving into the Forest, its geology and human history during the development of Threshold. The stories and perspectives of all the people I’ve worked with during its making continue to inspire me and have been central to the work.  I’m looking forward to seeing how Threshold evolves with the rhythms of its surroundings over time, offering an embodied place to pause and sense the forest.”

It has been commissioned by the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, in partnership with Forestry Commission England.

Cathy Mager, Project Director for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust said

“Natasha Rosling’s intelligent research and technical innovation has produced a sculpture of profound quality and scale in a beautiful forest setting. Threshold offers an exciting opportunity to explore traces of centuries old human activity imprinted on surface of the sculpture”

Judith Lack Recreation Manager for Forestry England in the Forest of Dean said

“It’s fantastic to have another new Sculpture on site.  Inspired by our heritage here in the Forest of Dean, it is especially fitting as we celebrate our centenary year.  We hope visitors to Beechenhurst will enjoy interacting with the Sculpture in a way the artist intended”

Threshold will be open to the public from 5th April 2019

Threshold by Natasha Rosling has been funded by the Forest and Tewkesbury Borough LEADER programme, part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas

Update on impact of Covid-19

News release: Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust can confirm that Cusp, an installation conceived by the artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, has been cancelled.

Nick Bury, Chair of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trustees, says: “The decision to cancel Cusp was not taken lightly. Despite some success raising government funding for our many projects, we could not secure enough to complete the intricate carpentry, engineering, rising installation and future management costs of this artwork.

Financially challenges are compounded by time pressures to complete the project before the deadline of an EU grant, that was essential for the installation of Cusp.

We explored countless options to refinance the project, but, in the current climate we had no option but to cancel the commission.

We thank Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva for her vision, and the hard working team of crafts people and volunteers who contributed to the project”

25th January 2021.

Work begins on major new sculpture Threshold by artist Natasha Rosling

New sculpture construction. Threshold by Natasha Rosling Forest

Visitors to The Forest of Dean’s Sculpture trail may have noticed an unusual structure appearing along the route.  ‘Threshold’ is a permanent new sculpture by Natasha Rosling. The artwork seeks to bring to the surface the subterranean world beneath the forest.

Two sculptural walls are being built side by side to form a walk-through crevice. The process of making the sculpture began with casting the ancient walls of Clearwell Caves, a local ancient mine. Construction has now moved to the Sculpture Trail and requires the use of poured concrete layered in stages over a period of several weeks.

 Natasha Rosling at work on Threshold

Cathy Mager Project Director for the Sculpture Trust said “We thrilled to begin work on this ambitious new artwork. We look forward to seeing visitors walking through the walls of Threshold and immerse themselves with its intriguing textures and colours when the sculpture opens in 2019.”

Threshold will be unveiled to the public in Spring 2019.

The sculpture is commissioned by Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust in partnership with Forestry Commission England. Supported by funding from Arts Council England, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Forest and Tewkesbury LEADER scheme and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Natasha Rosling is a Bristol based artist who creates installations, writing and soundscapes in dialogue with places and people. Underlying her work is a fascination with how the body negotiates the world, its mysterious entwining of present physical space with personal and culturally mediated memories. Visit the artist’s blog here and find out more about her wider practice at  natasharosling.com

New opportunity for disabled artists and companies!

Noemi Lakmaier, Cherubphobia, A former Unlimited Award winner

We are very excited to be collaborating with Unlimited in 2019 on a Main Research and Development Award to take place within the Forest of Dean.

Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences.

The award supported by the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust and Unlimited is for a research and development project that explores the potential of the forest as a host for contemporary art, with a particular focus on sculpture. One of the key ambitions within our program is to develop learning opportunities for audiences likely to experience exclusion from the arts and natural environment.

Projects wishing to be considered for our particular research and development award will also need to meet the following criteria:

  • relate to the natural environment and the Forest of Dean’s unique location, and is suitable for sharing in an outdoor context.
  • outcomes will be aimed at a wide ranging audience.
  • demonstrate a willingness to work with a range of forest-related organisations (i.e Forestry Commission England) and other local partners to help shape the work.
  • engage with the audience of the Sculpture Trust and enable their learning about contemporary art.

For more information on this award and all the other opportunities available through Unlimited please visit their website here

 

Join the team! We are recruiting two new posts

Applications for both posts are now closed

It’s an exciting time to join the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust as we embark on a new three-year ‘Forest Look Out’ commissioning programme which will see eight new Forest based-sculpture commissions and a new public events programme that will engage thousands of people over the next three years.

We are looking for two exceptional candidates to fill two roles:

1. Freelance Project Manager  £28,750 Pro Rata to 4 days a week, 8 Month contract. Interviews taking place Tuesday 5th September 2017.

An experienced project manager to oversee the production management and evaluation of our world-class sculpture commissioning programme.

Download job description and information document: FODST Project Manager Job Description Project Manager Info Sheet.

How to apply: Send a covering letter describing why you are suitable for the role with an up to date C.V. to cathy@forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk. Please note interviews will be taking place on Tuesday 5th September at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.

2. Freelance Audience Development and Participation Producer £25,000 pro rata to two days a week 2.5 year contract.

An innovative producer to coordinate the development of a far-reaching public and community engagement events programme.

Interviews taking place on Thursday 7th September 2017. 

Download job description and information document: FODST Job Description- Audience Development & Participation Producer Information document- Audience and Participation

To apply: Send a covering letter describing why you are suitable for the role with an up to date C.V. to cathy@forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk. Please note interviews will be taking place on Thursday 7th September at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.

Deadline for both posts is 29th August 2017.

Contact Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust Director, Cathy Mager, Email: cathy@forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk for enquiries about either role.

The Forest Look Out programme has been made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Ernest Cook Trust, The Summerfield Trust, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Forest and Tewkesbury Borough Leader and Forestry Commission England. 

 

 

Sculpture Trail hosts national Arts Council and Forestry Commission event

A new four year partnership between Arts Council England and Forestry Commission

Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley visited the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail on 11th July to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forestry Commission that will bring engaging artworks to England’s public forests for the next four years.

The new partnership builds on the success of an initial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations in 2012, which resulted in the successful Forest Art Works programme.

“Woods and forests are an important part of England’s cultural history and it is important that they are a part of our contemporary arts.” Simon Hodgson, Chief Executive Officer, Forestry Commission England. 

For more information visit the Arts Council website and for more details on the national Forest Art Works programme visit their website

Monday 11th July, Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. CEO's of the Forestry Commission England and Arts Council sign a memorandum of understanding to continue their arts collaboration at the FC's Beechenhurst centre before touring new installations on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.
Monday 11th July, Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. CEO’s of the Forestry Commission England and Arts Council sign a memorandum of understanding to continue their arts collaboration at the FC’s Beechenhurst centre before touring new installations on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.

Henry Castle Installs Coal Measure Giants

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It has been an exciting week on the Sculpture Trail as Henry Castle nears the completion of his new sculpture Coal Measure Giants.

Coal Measure Giants brings to the surface aspects of what lies hidden beneath the Forest’s surface. Exploring the geological, industrial and sociological aspects of the Forest’s history, visitors will be able to touch the fossilized remains of 300 million year old trees and see the form of the mine shaft sets that provided a livelihood for generations of local freeminers. Two sculptures placed 300 metres apart act as markers, measuring the depth of the coal seam that lies directly below the ground. The workinvites the public to experience a physical expression of this vertical depth

Here are some sneak preview photos of the artwork being installed. More photos and video to follow!

Read our press release on our forthcoming new artworks and plans to celebrate our 30th anniversary: FODST 30th anniversary PR_FV2

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New commission by Pomona Zipser

Pomona Zipser

Pomona Zipser appointed to deliver new permanent Trail artwork

Pomona Zipser has been selected to create a permanent artwork for  the Sculpture Trail, due to be launched in Summer 2016. Zipser is a  Germany-based Romanian artist. This is her first major sculpture on UK soil and it will further boost the Trail’s international profile. 

Pomona Zipser
Pomona Zipser

We’re very pleased to welcome Pomona to the Trail. Her unique practice will bring another perspective to the Trail, offering new ways to experience and engage with the Forest of Dean’s spectacular landscape.” said Andrew Stonyer, Chair, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust.

Zipser commented, “Like all the other artists on the Trail,  everyone’s reaction and connection to the site is completely  different. For me, I must have personal contact with the people who  live and work in the area: the community around the project is very  important. My work is based on these relationships.”

Zipser was born in Romania and moved to Germany in 1970. Her practice encompasses painting, lithography, illustrations, draughting, and sculpture. She studied painting at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, and sculpture at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. She taught wood and ceramics at the Universität der Künste Berlin from 1994-99, and lectured in sculpture, drawing and art appreciation at the Freien Akademie für Kunst in Berlin from 1995-2006. In 1997 she was a lecturer at the Thuringian Summer Academy Bohlen and in 2004/2005 at the Berlin-Weissensee Art Academy for Spatial Design

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.

Press enquiries please contact Cathy Mager, Project Manager,  

cathy@forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk

“Charcoal Measure” by Onya McCausland

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New piece “Charcoal Measure” by Onya McCausland

“Charcoal Measure” uses charcoal made from the decommission of “Place” compressed into a series of black trenches scored into the ground. The work enables visitors to the Sculpture Trail to trace the locations of hidden coal excavations that exist 1000ft under foot. Artist Onya McCausland worked closely with the Deputy Gaveller of the Forestry Commission in Coleford to explore surveys of old mine workings and map the charcoal markings on the surface of the Trail.

Onya said of the process: “The huge heap of charcoal made by burning “Place” was so visually and physically related to coal that my first urge was to return the charcoal to the ground — where it ‘belonged’ — and where its life began in the form of an oak tree.

The ‘coal measures’ underlying the Forest are a record of a geological cycle of transformation, and their exploitation as fossil fuel a record of our relationship with the Earth, I am interested in how these two material processes — geological and human — intersect, overlap and converge in the Forest.”

“Charcoal Measure” can be seen ahead of an exhibition “Charcoal Works” at the Hardwick Gallery in Cheltenham that opens on 6th April 2016.

Onya McCausland was born in Zennor, Cornwall and now lives in London. Her work looks at the relationship between human activity and landscape by following the origins and transformations of materials. Her work has been shown in St. Mary’s Church, Kettle’s Yard, Newlyn Art Gallery and Camden Arts Centre. She is currently undertaking PhD research at the Slade School of Fine Art UCL where she also teaches drawing. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards supporting her research from the AHRC, British Council, Arts Council and British Academy among others.

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