Nissen Hut sculpture through the trees
Rachel Whiteread, Nissen Hut, 2018

Forest Art Works

Forest Art Works, Forestry England's contemporary arts programme 

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 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. 

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Figurine in forest
Tom Piper MBE and Lisa Wright, Future Forest, 2019

Future Forest

High Lodge, near Brandon, Suffolk

See this dramatic sculptural installation that reflects the role forests play in protecting our future environment. 

Tom Piper MBE and Lisa Wright's work will be available to view at Thetford Forest from 4 October 2019 to 30 May 2020.

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

Earth Photo

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. 

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

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.

Volunteers planting trees in the forest

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. 

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.

Permanent offer

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
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, 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
Students of Newcaste University School of Architecture, Blakehope Nick Pavilion, part of the Live Build project, 2019.
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. 

Resources

Forest Pathways - Family Audience Development Guide

People sitting on logs in the forest with VR headsets

Arts Council England