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An exhibition of contemporary sculpture in London is to be curated by Forestry Commission staff from Cumbria’s Grizedale Forest.

Hayley Skipper, the Forestry Commission’s Curator of Arts Development at Grizedale Forest, and Antony Mottershead, Arts Development Assistant, have developed the exhibition TERRA in partnership with Jerwood Visual Arts, a branch of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The exhibition features the work of five artists who explore our sensory experience of the world. The exhibition runs between 9 November and 11 December 2011 and will be the first Jerwood Encounters exhibition to go on tour, opening at Grizedale Forest in February 2012.

Hayley Skipper said:

“This 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.

The exhibition is a key component within the overall reinvigoration of Grizedale Forest as a centre of excellence for art in the environment.  TERRA will allow us to extend Grizedale Forest’s ongoing dialogue with contemporary sculpture and through touring will bring a very exciting exhibition and group of artists to Cumbria.”

The Artists in the TERRA exhibition are Jonathan Anderson, Edwina fitzPatrick, Luke Jerram, Anne-Mie Melis, Owl Project. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, including an essay written by Joy Sleeman, sculpture historian and distinguished writer on land art. 

Grizedale Forest, which has a long history as a location for outdoor sculpture, is currently being revitalised with new works.

In October, two new works were launched at Grizedale. The ‘Clockwork Forest’ by greyworld, and ‘The Wood for the Trees’ by muf architecture/art. They are part of a wider programme of new sculptures called Arts Roots Grizedale that will reinvigorate the sculpture offering in the forest, putting it back at the forefront of the visitor experience.

More information about the exhibition and sculpture in Grizedale Forest can be found at

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Notes to editors

  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 North West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. 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.