The Grizedale Experience: Sculpture, Art & Theatre in a Lakeland Forest Find!
Grizedale is a magical forest tucked away in the fells of Furness in the southern Lake District. When Bill Grant arrived at Grizedale as Head Forester in 1963 he recognised that it was time to start managing the forest as a natural resource on behalf of the people rather than simply protecting government property. Since then, the primary aim of forest management, the production of timber, goes on uninterrupted but at the same time the forest has become an outdoor theatre for the visual arts.
There is an actual theatre, an art gallery, a visitor centre and craft studios and, of course, the wonderful sculpture trails. For the visitor a walk through the forest is a voyage of discovery as sculptures are revealed among the trees. Some works degrade very quickly while others made from the bronze-grey Silurian slate suggest they have been there since time began. The incredibly creative, imaginative and, indeed, prizewinning activities which are rooted in this Lakeland forest belie its remote location. Grizedale is today internationally recognised as a unique centre of artisitc excellence and artists from around the world take up six month residences to work in this amazing landscape.
The current exhibiton at Grizedale (until 6th November 2009) is "Ghosts in the Wood" by the artist Mike Smallcombe which, like the Reading Detectives project, is supported by Arts Council England. Visitors to the forest can see twenty giant 8ft x 6ft photographs suspended among the trees. The photographs are printed on a special waterproof outdoor canvas. Mike Smallcombe describes the exhibition thus: 'Ghosts in the Wood features images of imagined stories of local people in rural settings that reflect the sometimes harsh realities of country life'.
"The Grizedale Experience" is illustrated throughout by wonderful photographs which give the reader an insight into a magical world where art and landscape become one. In 1990 the Prudential Award for Visual Arts was awarded to the Grizedale Society. The Jury Panel wrote that the Award was given 'in tribute for a leap of the imagination that has enriched our perception and understanding of art and the landscape'.
11 October 2009 from Mary Rossall
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