Forestry England's contemporary arts
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 and 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.
This innovative photography competition and exhibition aims to stimulate conversations about our world and its inhabitants and our treatment of both.
The shortlisted entries have been selected by an expert panel and will be exhibited in a national tour of our forests.
Threshold by Natasha Rosling
The Forest of Dean Sculpture trail
Come and 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 have a crevice-like form that visitors can walk through and immerse themselves within.
The Custody Code
The Custody Code is a moving image art project by Amanda Loomes that tells the behind-the-scenes story of our forests.
The film installation is showing at Alice Holt Forest from 10 July to 1 September 2019 and will tour to Kielder Forest in autumn 2019.
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.
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.
Our Past Projects
We have created and supported a rich variety of artworks in the nation's forests. Discover our past projects here.