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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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

Our Earth Photo 2021 winners have now been announced.

A selection of the shortlisted images from 2021 entries will be on display at Dalby Forest, Moors Valley and Grizedale between summer 2021 and spring 2022.

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
Fineshood Wood The Arches gallery launch

The Arches

Fineshade Wood, near Corby, Northamptonshire
Fermynwoods Contemporary Art presents their new group exhibition In Steps of Sundew
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
trees by the water's edge
A collective film
This film will feature forests from across the world while highlighting the impact of the climate emergency.

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