Statement on Soil unsoiled by Khady Gueye and Zakiya Mckenzie

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust is a small charity led by volunteers, and we commission sculptures for a free-of-charge Forest site at Beechenhurst, which is owned and managed by Forestry England. Whilst we have had to cancel and postpone many events and commissions this year due to the pandemic, we remain excited and hopeful [...]

New film commissions

ALEC FINLAY AND KRISTINA VEASEY LAUNCH TWO FILMS EXPLORING LANDSCAPE AND DISABILITY IN LOCKDOWN: The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust is proud to have worked with artists Kristina Veasey and Alec Finlay on two short film commissions. The films were created in response to the artists’ experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown and the challenges faced, [...]

New poetry commission – Soil unsoiled

The Forest Of Dean Sculpture Trust has been proud to collaborate with Khady Gueye and Zakiya McKenzie over the last three months on a new commission, Soil unsoiled.     Khady Gueye ‘Soil unsoiled’ is a poem that explores themes drawn from the lived experience of Khady, a local resident and [...]

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust has been awarded £146,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today. Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust is one of 588 cultural and creative [...]

Observatories

An online art project by Rich White. Do you have a favourite view of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean? Inspired by Bruce Allan’s 1988 sculpture ‘Observatory’ which was part of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail from 1988 - 2014, artist Rich White has developed an online project called Observatories. (image supplied by [...]

Window to the Forest

Calling all socially isolating families to take part in our Window Forests project! We are inviting you to make your own hanging stain glass window, inspired by Kevin Atherton's iconic Cathedral sculpture and the beautiful Forest of Dean. We know you are all staying home safe at the moment and not everyone is lucky enough [...]

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“The Forest is my safe space. It’s somewhere I like to go to escape, it makes me feel at peace and happy. I feel free when I’m in the forest” These moving words have been written by a child taking part in a recent art project inspired by the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Today [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]