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Future Forest sculpture
Tom Piper MBE and Lisa Wright, Future Forest, 2019

Forest Art Works

Forest Art Works: contemporary art in the nation's forests

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.

Contemporary arts in our forests include installations, trails, exhibitions, live performances and more from the artists of today. Come and discover, engage with and enjoy our inspiring artworks. Find out more about the pieces in our forests below. 

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Female forester with chainsaw stood in front of wooden doors
Photo credit: Tony Bartholomew©

Forest 100: a year in the life

Featuring the photographs of Scarborough-based editorial photographer Tony Bartholomew, Forest 100: a year in the life is a stunning online exhibition which celebrates last year’s centenary of Forestry England.

Plastic bottles floating among trees
Elizabeth Streeter, RAW South America - Changing Forests, 2019

Earth Photo 2020

This innovative photography competition and exhibition aims to stimulate conversations about our world and its inhabitants and our treatment of both. 

 See all 54 photos and videos shortlisted in a virtual exhibition online now.


Forest Pathways - Family Audience Development Guide

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
Future Forest sculpture

Future Forest

Thetford Forest, Suffolk
A dramatic sculptural installation reflecting the role forests play in protecting our environment
Fineshood Wood The Arches gallery launch
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
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