Janus Chairs by Ryder Architecture 2009 photo by Hazel Stone
Photo credit: Hazel Stone

Contemporary art, design and architecture in the nation’s forests

Discover our innovative arts programme in a forest near you

Woodlands and forests are vital places for artists to engage with, to make and present new work. Since 1968 the nation’s forests have played host to a wide range of artworks and art forms.

Our programme supports artists, architects and designers to develop innovative ideas.

Contemporary arts in our forests include installations, trails, exhibitions and live performances. Explore the artworks and discover how the forest can shape our thinking. Find out more about the projects in our forests below. 

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In the Forest Something Stirred

In the Forest Something Stirred is an online exhibition featuring two new commissions.

Treeline  by Ruth Maclennan and Natural Error by Rodell Warner each focus on the flora and fauna of our natural landscape, and how it is being marked by climate change. Commissioned to coincide with COP 26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the two works highlight the precarity of species in the face of the decimation of the environment and the loss of biodiversity.  

In The Forest Something Stirred is co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Forestry England. Supported by John Hansard Gallery, University of Glasgow and Arts Council England.

In the forest something stirred art works
The Radiophonic Travel Agency at The Forest of Dean
The Radiophonic Travel Agency, 2021 by Matthew Herbert

The Radiophonic Travel Agency: The Forest of Dean

Take a trip into the Forest of Dean with a new episode of The Radiophonic Travel Agency. Through this interactive and immersive digital experience, sit back and listen to the diverse range of activity that occurs in the Forest.

The Radiophonic Travel Agency is an ongoing project for Matthew Herbert’s The Radiophonic Institute and is developed with BBC R&D.

Earth Photo

Entries for Earth Photo 2022 are now closed. 

A selection of the shortlisted images from 2022 entries will be on display at six of our forests between summer 2022 and spring 2023.

Magic Tree, 2018 by Yevhen Samuchenko
Magic Tree, 2018 by Yevhen Samuchenko

Installations and trails

End profile view of Rachel Whiteread's Nissen Hut, Dalby Forest
Dalby Forest, near Pickering, Yorkshire
Visit the Nissen Hut by Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread
RUUP by Birgit Oigus, Grizedale, 2018. Photo creds: Amelia Harvey
Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead, the Lake District
Discover the UK's first forest for sculpture
Stained glass hanging from trees
Beechenhurst, near Coleford, Gloucestershire
Visit the sculpture trail and discover the newly commissioned pieces installed this year
View through a striking timber shelter structure with view in the distance
Kielder Forest, near Falstone, Northumberland
Explore a variety of inspiring artwork around Kielder forest
Cosmos sculpture

Cosmos by Semiconductor

Alice Holt Forest, near Farnham, Hampshire
Discover Semiconductor's first public sculpture at Alice Holt Forest
The Dream, art sculpture image at Sutton Manor forest
Sutton Manor, near St Helens, Lancashire
Visit the imposing sculpture at Sutton Manor Community Woodland

Our Past Projects

We have created and supported a rich variety of artworks in the nation's forests. Discover our past projects here. 

People sitting on logs in the forest with VR headsets

Arts Council England