‘ArtSpace Loughborough’ have been successful in securing funding to stage an outdoor sculpture event in the Loughborough Outwoods in April 2018. The Outwoods hasn’t seen an event like this before, so it will be a first, with a temporary woodland sculpture exhibition and a series of art workshops.
12 artists will be involved in setting up a temporary sculpture exhibition in the area of woodland next to the Outwoods car park and bungalow. Artists will be showing their current work, as well as work developed collaboratively in a series of skillshare workshops. The artists will also run a series of ‘drop-in’ workshops for the public (adults and children). Workshops will take place in the Outwoods, using the outdoor exhibition as a dramatic venue.
Charnwood Borough Council, The National Forest and Arts Council England have all agreed to fund the project proposed by ArtSpace. Nita Rao, a professional sculptor and key ArtSpace member, says
“we have wanted to organise an outdoor sculpture event for years, we finally found the perfect venue and have now been assured financial backing to stage what we hope will be a fantastic and unique woodland art event that will benefit many, artists and public alike. Thanks to the Arts Council England, The National Forest and Charnwood Borough Council! “
The idea was hatched by some of the artists during their regular dog walk in the Outwoods. They walked once a week, whatever the weather, over the course of a year, observing the changing seasons. This provided the inspiration, and although a larger sculpture trail is planned for the future, Artspace are delighted to be hosting this sculpture week in April.
The Outwoods is a beautiful place, especially in spring, so why not combine a walk in the woods and visit the exhibition, and perhaps take part in a workshop.
The artists will be developing work on site and setting up their woodland exhibition between Tues 24 April and Fri 27April.
Free drop-in workshops for the public, including feltmaking and working with willow and natural materials, will be run over the weekend of Sat 28 – Sun 29 April, mornings and afternoons.
No need to book, just turn up and get creative ! Its Free !
To find out more visit our website www.artspace-lboro.co.uk or our facebook page IntoTheOutwoodsSculptureWeek