Forest Art Works

Nissen Hut sculpture through the trees

Forest Art Works

We believe that woodlands and forests are vital places for contemporary artists to engage with, to make and present new work.

Forestry England's contemporary art offer

Since 1968 the nation’s forests have played host to a wide range of artworks and art forms. Our forests house a range of art installations, trails, exhibitions and live performances.

Forest Art Works is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding with Arts Council England aimed at supporting the creation of great art for everyone in the nation’s forests.

Explore our current offers below. 

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Forest Pathways - Family Audience Development Guide

Memorandum of Understanding with Arts Council England

Natasha Rosling, Threshold, 2019. Image copyright: Garry Loughlin

Threshold by Natasha Rosling 

The Forest of Dean Sculpture trail 

See the new permanent sculpture by artist Natasha Rosling. 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 can walk through and immerse themselves within.

Sue Jugnarain, Earth Energy – Iceland

Earth Photo

Are you a budding photographer or film-maker? We are aiming to stimulate conversations about our world and its inhabitants and are now welcoming entries to this innovative photography competition. 

The winning work will be selected by an expert panel before beginning a national tour of exhibitions at our forests.

End profile view of Rachel Whiteread's Nissen Hut, Dalby Forest

Nissen Hut by Rachel Whiteread

Dalby Forest, near Pickering, Yorkshire

Visit the Nissen Hut by Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread.

The Nissen Hut is inspired by World War II barracks and is commissioned in partnership with 14-18 NOW to mark 100 years of forestry.

Come and experience this resonant and emotive piece at Dalby Forest.

Woman writing in a notepad by a pond

Writers in the Forest 

From observing our expert foresters and rangers at work to watching our world-class scientists, Zakiya Mckenzie and Tiffany Francis will spend the summer months creating new literary work that tells the story of our nation's forests.

Volunteers planting trees in the forest

The Custody Code

Coming to our forests later this year, The Custody Code is a moving image art project by Amanda Loomes that tells the behind-the-scenes story of our forests.

Permanent offers

Fineshood Wood The Arches gallery launch

The Arches

Fineshade Wood, near Corby, Northamptonshire
Hosting 'The Forest Is The Museum' artist in residence programme at Fineshade Wood
RUUP by Birgit Oigus, Grizedale, 2018. Photo creds: Amelia Harvey

Grizedale Forest Sculpture

Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead, the Lake District
Discover the UK's first forest for sculpture
Stained glass hanging from trees

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Beechenhurst, near Coleford, Gloucestershire
Visit the sculpture trail and take part in its event programme
Students of Newcaste University School of Architecture, Blakehope Nick Pavilion, part of the Live Build project, 2019.

Kielder Art and Architecture

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

The Dream by Jaume Plensa

Sutton Manor, near St Helens, Lancashire
Visit the imposing sculpture at Sutton Manor Community Woodland
Theatrical captain leading a group of visitors

Snarkhunter

Hamsterley Forest, near Bishop Auckland, Durham and Dalby Forest, near Pickering, Yorkshire
An exciting digital app
People sitting on logs in the forest with VR headsets

Arts Council England