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Contemporary sculpture exhibition tours from London to Grizedale Forest

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Anne-Mie Melis - ‘Are Your Petunias Actually Transgenic?’ Credit Tomas Rydin

An exhibition of contemporary sculpture that recently wowed audiences in London will go on show in the heart of one of the Lake District’s most popular locations, and the place of its conception, the Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest.

TERRA, which was recently exhibited at the Jerwood Space in London, will open at Grizedale on 11th February and will run to 29th April in the Yan building and gallery spaces linked to the Café in the Forest at the Grizedale Visitor Centre.

The exhibition has been developed and curated by Hayley Skipper, Curator – Arts Development and Antony Mottershead, Arts Development Assistant, Forestry Commission England and was commissioned by Jerwood Visual Arts.

The exhibition brings together artists whose work explores, or is in some way inspired by, the natural world or phenomenon and our intrinsic relationship to these landscapes or events. Jonathan Anderson’s spectacular ‘Dark Star’, brings to mind a galactic explosion and was created using coal dust; Luke Jerram’s ‘Tohoku Earthquake’ is a hauntingly beautiful representation of the seismographic data from the earthquake that devastatingly struck Japan last March; and the Owl Project’s ‘Sound Lathe’, innovatively creates music using traditional green wood working technology.

Other artists whose work features in the exhibition are Edwina fitzPatrick – who is currently completing a Ph.D with Glasgow School of Art in collaboration with Forestry Commission England at Grizedale Forest - with her ‘Arboreal Laboratory’ and Anne-Mie Melis’ ‘Are Your Petunias Actually Transgenic?’ Both represent the artists' research based practice and in depth work with scientists in their respective fields.

Hayley Skipper said:

“TERRA is a really exciting opportunity to explore a wide range of approaches to contemporary sculpture practice by artists from across the UK. In different ways each of the artists uses the gallery to explore our wider relationship to the environment.

“It is fantastic that we have had the opportunity to commission new sculpture especially for the exhibition through working in partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. We are delighted that this Jerwood Encounters exhibition will be the first to tour from the Jerwood Space in London. The unique sculpture programme in Grizedale Forest is both the inspiration and context for the exhibition.”

Running alongside TERRA in Grizedale Visitor Centre’s Café in the Forest is Fresh Glimpses, an exhibition by Cumbria born artist Eva Ullrich. The exhibition includes a series of oil paintings and a newly commissioned site-specific painting installation on glass. The former Queen Katherine School pupil, 24, of Skelsmergh is also strongly influenced by landscape. Having only recently graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Eva is included in this year's prestigious Scottish New Contemporaries.

She is excited to have an exhibition at Grizedale Forest along side TERRA.

“My paintings are often large, semi-abstract oil paintings based on landscape, it is an honour and very exciting to have this exhibition. Having just moved back to Kendal from Glasgow it is great to get involved in the art scene close to home.

“It is great that TERRA is coming to Grizedale. It is really inspiring location and a place I came to a lot whilst growing up.”

Fresh Glimpses the first collaboration between the Brewery Arts Centre and Forestry Commission England; Eva’s work will be displayed until 27th May.

Grizedale is the UK's first forest for sculpture - its history as a site for sculpture in the landscape was established in 1977.

In October last year two major new works were launched at Grizedale Forest. The ‘Clockwork Forest’ by greyworld, and ‘The Wood for the Trees’ by muf architecture/art. They are part of a wider programme of new commissions to be developed called 'Art Roots Grizedale', which will reinvigorate the sculpture offer in the forest.

A dedicated website with information about the sculptures and current projects at Grizedale Forest has been created at

More information about Grizedale Forest can be found at



  1. The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The forests today are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.

  2. Jerwood Visual Arts is a contemporary gallery programme of awards, exhibitions and events at Jerwood Space, London and on tour nationally. Jerwood Visual Arts promotes and celebrates the work of talented emerging artists across the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, applied arts, photography and moving image. A major initiative of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

  3. The Brewery Arts Centre is a flagship venue for South Cumbria, with a regional and national impact, drawing on the uniqueness its location but being inspired by arts and culture from throughout the UK and beyond.

  4. The Brewery presents great art and entertainment, offers inspiring learning opportunities for all, creates innovative and challenging new art and provides a welcoming and accessible social hub with high quality hospitality. The Brewery plays a full part in making Kendal and South Lakeland unique and is a key contributor to its sense of place.

Media contact: Hayley Skipper, 01229 862015