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Grizedale Forest’s sculpture projects receive £175,000 funding boost

Date uploaded: August 24, 2011

Grizedale Forest’s sculpture projects receive £175,000 funding boost

Exciting plans to re-establish the Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest as a centre for international excellence in sculpture have been given a £175,000 funding boost.

Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead in the Lake District, has been a centre for art in the environment for more than 30 years. And this legacy is set to continue thanks to two substantial grants that will see exciting and innovative new installations created in the forest.

Grizedale Forest has received £80,000 from South Lakeland District Council through the DCFS funded Playbuilder initiative. This funding is being used to commission an internationally renowned group of artists called greyworld.

They have been tasked with creating a new sound installation on Grizedale Forest’s Ridding Wood Trail – the most popular walking trail in the forest. The work is currently being installed and will be unveiled shortly.

This work forms part of a wider ambitious scheme called Arts Roots Grizedale. This project will reinvigorate the sculpture programme across the forest, once again repositioning art at the forefront of the visitor experience in Grizedale Forest.

Arts Roots Grizedale has received £95,000 from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme to commission artists who will develop innovative ideas for new high-impact works within the forest. Grants for the Arts is an open application funding programme which invests National Lottery money in the highest quality arts activity and supports innovative and exciting work.

Grizedale Forest was at the forefront in the development of art in the environment in the 1970s and is now home to over 60 sculptures including works by Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Harris and David Kemp.

Visit www.grizedalesculpture.org/index.php/news/27-grizdale-forests-sculpture-projects-receive-p175000-funding-boost

greyworld - the first Art Roots Grizedale project to be fully realised

greyworld - the first Art Roots Grizedale project to be fully realised