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Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail

Get creative this Spring with free drop-in workshops at the Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail !

ArtSpace are inviting the public to come along to the Loughborough Outwoods at the end of April and get creative in a series of free sculpture drop-in workshops. Try felting a pebble or making a one off monoprint from natural woodland materials. You will also be able to make your own loom and weave a star and have a go at making willow structures using the ‘random weave technique’. The full program for the weekend worshops is given at the end of this post.

Keeper of the Woods from the 2018 event.

The workshops are all part of the Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail, an ArtSpace initiative which will see a 1 1/4 mile sculpture trail weave its way through the Outwoods for 6 weeks, from 27th April to 9th June. Find the ‘Keeper of the Woods’, giant felted bluebells, willow tree spheres, an owl, jumping willow horse and much more! 

Drop-in Workshop.

Twelve commissioned artists will be creating and installing their work in the woods over the Easter holiday period, 15-26th April, allowing visitors to observe the process and talk with the artists. Work will be figurative as well as abstract using natural materials, felt, willow, ceramic and metal.

The 2018 event.

The opening event for the sculpture trail on the 27th and 28th April will include two days of free public drop-in workshops. There will be further workshops held during a ‘Sculpture in the Woods Day’ on 27th May, where four day-long drop-in trail-based workshops will allow visitors to both make work to take home as well as work on a larger collaborative piece to remain on the trail. Workshops will aim to inspire, engage and challenge adults, young people and children, enhancing their opportunity to experience and be inspired by the sculpture trail and reconnect with this ancient woodland.

Unity of Time by Nita Rao.

ArtSpace are a Charnwood based group of professional and semi-professional artists that formed in 1997. The Project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, The National Forest and Charnwood Borough Council. 

Opening Event Workshop Programme

Sat 27th April

10.30 am – 1.00pm   Woodland Mobiles and dreamcatchers led by Alison Folland

Using objects found during a walk in the woods – branches, leaves, seeds, stones, bark, grasses – we will create small hanging mobiles for you to take home.

We can combine threads and any unnatural objects you find on your walk that you think will complement your ideas – bottle tops or pottery fragments for example.

Easily adapted for any age, this is a workshop that everyone can be involved in and a lovely way to display small mementoes you find on your afternoon walk.

10.30 am – 1.00pm    Working with Willow led by Nita Rao

Create a willow structure using the ‘random weave technique’.

Suitable for families and adults.

They take about an hour, so you will need some patience.

2.00pm – 4.30pm     Mono Printing from nature led by Jo Sheppard

Using a selection of foliage and other found objects, in this workshop you will be able to produce a printed image using both relief printing and monoprinting.

Messy but great fun. Suitable for all ages.

2.00pm – 4.30pm     Felt pebbles and feathers with Susheel Rao

Drop in and have a go at making something with felt. Get a taste of how felting works, and make something to take home with you.

Hand Wet Felted Paper Weight…

Experiment with hand wet felting around a small stone using dyed wool tops to create your own special felted stone paper weight.

Hand Wet Felted Feather Shapes…

Have a go at making a small colourful ‘feather’ using dyed wool tops. See how the colours mix together to create your unique feather shape. Activity suitable for children age 6yrs plus accompanied by an adult.

Sun 28th April

10.30 am – 1.00pm      Creating a woodland artwork with willow and yarn led by Lisa Pidgeon

Make a weaving loom, or frame, from a hoop of willow, and weave into and across this with wool, yarn, and any interesting ‘found’ bits of natures discards. This will result in a totally unique circular artwork which could be hung in your home or garden. Hanging from trees, these creations look like Natures eyes! Suitable for all ages.

10.30 am – 1.00pm     Felt pebbles and feathers with Susheel Rao

Drop in and have a go at making something with felt. Get a taste of how felting works, and make something to take home with you.

Hand Wet Felted Paper Weight…

Experiment with hand wet felting around a small stone using dyed wool tops to create your own special felted stone paper weight.

Hand Wet Felted Feather Shapes…

Have a go at making a small colourful ‘feather’ using dyed wool tops. See how the colours mix together to create your unique feather shape. Activity suitable for children age 6yrs plus accompanied by an adult.

2.00pm – 4.30pm     Mono Printing from nature led by Jo Sheppard

Using a selection of foliage and other found objects, in this workshop you will be able to produce a printed image using both relief printing and monoprinting. Messy but great fun. Suitable for all ages.

2 pm – 4.30pm    Working with Willow led by Nita Rao

Create a willow structure using the ‘random weave technique’

Suitable for families and adults.

They take about an hour, so you will need some patience.

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Charnwood’s Biggest Ever Woodland Arts Event

Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail

27th April – 9th June

ArtSpace have won national funding to stage the biggest woodland art event to happen in Charnwood for decades, perhaps ever! Mountsorrel artist Nita Rao, main creator behind the event, has undertaken an 8 week ‘artist residency’ in the spectacular woodland setting to wet the public appetite and set the scene. This will be followed by a six week long sculpture trail leading through the woodland featuring artworks from eleven commissioned artists.

Some of Nita’s work at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week.

The Sculpture Trail in Charnwood’s Outwoods, just outside Loughborough, will be opened with a weekend art event, including free creative drop-in workshops for the public, on 27th and 28th April. The Trail will be open until the 9th June. Nita’s residency started on 18th February and will continue until the opening of the Sculpture Trail.

Last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week.

Mountsorrel based photographer and ArtSpace member Tony Thory, said ‘last year’s smaller event was such a success, and because the public appetite for opportunities to be creative outdoors in beautiful natural surroundings was clearly so large, ArtSpace members decided to go all out and stage a bigger and better event that would last longer and meander through a large part of the woodland.’

Some of Nita’s work at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week.

As artist in residence, Nita will spend 2 or 3 days a week developing new work in the woods from natural and found materials, taking inspiration from the Outwoods itself.

Some of Nita’s work at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week.

The eleven commissioned artists will be creating and installing their work on site over the Easter holiday period, 15-26th April, allowing visitors to observe the process and talk with the artists.

Drop-in felt workshop at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week..

The opening event for the Sculpture Trail will include two days of free public drop-in workshops developed in response to work in the trail. During the six week trail further free workshops will be held during a ‘sculpture-in-the-woods day’. Four day-long drop-in trail-based workshops will allow visitors to make work to take home as well as work on a larger collaborative piece to remain on the trail.

Drop-in willow workshop at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week..

The Project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, The National Forest and Charnwood Borough Council. For further updated information see facebook – Into the Outwoods Sculpture Trail.

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4 ArtSpace Artists in Leics Open

Four members of Loughborough ArtSpace, Jo Shepard, Beryl Miles, Alison Folland and Susan West, have been successful in getting into the 2019 Leicester Open exhibition in the New Walk Museum in Lecester.

River Lin, Jo Shepard
River Lin, Jo Shepard
Swithland Oaks, Jo Shepard
Swithland Oaks, Jo Shepard
Small Earth 3, Susan West
Small Earth 3, Susan West
Beryl Miles
Beryl Miles
The Waiting Game, Alison Folland
The Waiting Game, Alison Folland
Fragmentation, Alison Folland
Fragmentation, Alison Folland
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Sculpture Trail for Spring 2019 gets Official Support

Following the success of the ‘Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week’ event last spring, the Loughborough Outwoods Management Committee have given their approval to plans for a bigger and better event in spring 2019. The event will include free creative art workshops for the public as well as a six week long ‘Sculpture Trail’ through the woodland itself. The organisers, Loughborough ArtSpace, are now seeking funding to stage the event and make it a reality.
The event will take place next April/May and will follow on from an eight week ‘Artist Residency’ by local Sculptor Nita Rao in February/March. She will be making work in the woodland in response to the environment, temporary ephemeral work as well as more substantial pieces which may form elements of the sculpture trail. In addition ArtSpace hope to commission around 10 artists to make work specifically for the sculpture trail. All work for the trail will be installed mid April and the trail will be officially opened with a weekend event at the end of the easter holidays, 27/28 April, including free creative drop-in workshops for the public.
A full programme of events will be announced as the plans develop. You can also follow the event via facebook : IntoTheOutwwodsSculptureTrail2019.

Rosebery Art & Craft Fair

27TH JANUARY & 28RD OCTOBER 2018

VENUE: Rosebery Community Centre, Storer Road, LE11 5EQ

Some members of ArtSpace are taking part.

Rosebery Art and Craft Fair

Over 25 Leicestershire based artists and makers will be taking part in a new event this October. The Rosebery Community Centre on Storer Road in Loughborough will be hosting an Art and Craft Fair over the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.

Among many of the creative disciplines represented will be painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital art, wood crafts, jewellery making, assemblage and wire sculpture. No two artists are alike, with styles varying from complete abstraction to more literal representation.

The venue is situated on Storer Road, Loughborough LE11 5EQ. Doors will be open from 11am to 5pm both days. There will be plenty of free parking and admission is free. Refreshments will also be available. Hope to see you there.

Please contact Jo Sheppard on 07984 316292 for any further information

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INSIDE/OUTSIDE – 10TH JANUARY TO 23RD FEBRUARY 2019

VENUE: Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall.

Open 9am – 5pm    Mon – Sat.

A group exhibition by ArtSpace.

21 members of ArtSpace Loughborough present an exhibition on the theme of ‘Inside/Outside’. In varied media, they explore how the inner and outer worlds of our lives connect. Sometimes this is literally the contrast between interiors and outside as seen through a window or doorway, or hinting at natural patterns in a man-made environment. Some artists wanted to focus on their private creative thinking in relation to the bigger world. Some artists chose to think about the contrast between our inner lives and the self we present to other people.

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Images from Workshops

Following are images from the numerous workshops that took place as part of Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week in April 2018.

Some  were ‘skill share’ workshops, led by artists for artists, others were ‘drop-in’ workshops aimed at the public.

Felt Skill Share Workshop.

 

Willow Skill Share Workshop.

 

Ceramics Skill Share.

 

Drawing with Metal Skill Share.

 

Natural Materials Skill Share.

 

Drop-in Workshops.

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Outwoods Sculpture Exhibition On-Line

Ten Artists  celebrated art and nature in this temporary woodland sculpture exhibition. They made work in response to the Outwoods and the natural rhythms of our environment, some of which was created on site in the lead up to the exhibition.


Jo Sheppard

Me And My Boy.

Better known for her paintings, Jo Sheppard used the Outwoods Sculpture Week as an opportunity to produce three dimensional work using willow. Inspired by her love of horses, she  produced a brood mare and foal using a sustainable sculptural process (as it is made purely from willow with no metal frame or support structures).

Me and My Boy, Foal.

Me and My Boy, Mare.


Jacqueline Palmer

This Tenuous Earth.

‘This Tenuous Earth’. Iron and steel

My work is mainly about the interlinking of the terrestrial and the celestial and a reverence and humility in the face of Nature.
I have exhibited in three ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ exhibitions at National Trust properties. The Outwoods Sculpture Week has enabled me to work on a larger scale and is a continuation of a piece I exhibited some years ago called Matter and Material.

This Tenuous Earth.

This Tenuous Earth.

This Tenuous Earth.


Nita Rao

Taking Root. In our cycle of decay and transformation old bones become new shoots, symbolic of healing in our chaotic world. Walk into the space of stillness within, walking through or crossing over, this can be our renewal.

As stone turns to sand and sand turns to stone with the passing of time, so our world is in a constant state of flux and renewal. I hope my work is an echo of this.

Through working with willow and natural materials I have become ever more aware of the cycles of change within the natural flow of the world around me. To be able to combine art and nature for the Outwoods has been a joy.

Unity Of Time. The serpent looks to the future and to the past while existing in the present moment. Made on site from natural woodland materials.

Unity Of Time.

Keeper Of The Woods. Willow.

Inner Stillness. Walk in and sit down, take a moment away from the chaos of everyday life. Willow, muslin and wood.

Inner Stillness.

Guardian Angel. Willow and steel rod.

Guardian Angel. Willow and steel rod.

Changing World. Technology : Is it taking over or making the world a better place ? Willow, electrical cable and plastic.

Tree Spheres. Willow.

Tree Spheres. Willow.

Tree Spheres. Willow.

Tree Spheres. Willow.

Tree Spheres. Willow.


Judith Eason

Tree Trunks and Roots.

I have a background in graphic art and a degree in printmaking.
My printmaking and my painting work focuses on nature and the environment. I have always had a keen interest in the crafts and knitting has enabled me to create these tree stems. I have made an interpretation of tree trunks with their roots and the textures of bark.


Sally Reayer

Pine Cone. Raku ceramic and Outwoods pine cones.

This piece is made from cones of crank clay and low fired using the ancient technique known as Raku. The cones are set in a stoneware tray and contain cones collected from the Outwoods.

Woodland Birds. Stoneware Ceramic.

Woodland Birds. Stoneware Ceramic.

Sally Reayer and others: ‘Ceramic Woodland Birds’ This installation has been created cooperatively by a small group of artists during a skill share workshop. The birds are made from crank clay and fired to stoneware temperature without glaze. They represent and celebrate a range of British birds which reside in the Outwoods.

Woodland Birds. Stoneware Ceramic.

To draw the eye. Painted recycled frames.

Sally Reayer and others: ‘To draw the eye’ . Take time to stand and stare. Take time to stroll and listen. Take time to enjoy the sounds and the scents of the woodland. Free yourself from the noise and rush of life if only for an hour.

To draw the eye. Painted recycled frames.

To draw the eye. Painted recycled frames.


Alison Folland

‘Rooted to the Past’

My work is about the objects we gather throughout our lives, to remind ourselves of events, people and moments in time. These objects prompt our memories and result in stories. Stories we tell and retell to remind ourselves of those we love and experiences we had. Stories to enlighten, to warn, to guide, to explain what we don’t understand. To remind ourselves of times past. With each telling the stories change – layers within layers, of memories, thoughts, belief and hope. Ultimately, stories are about the ties that bind; weaving those you love closer together and keeping them safe.

‘Rooted to the Past’


Erica Middleton

‘Forest Floor’ – ceramic and mixed media.

Originally trained as a painter, I’ve approached this new foray into sculpture as a three- dimensional extension of some of my 2D painting work which explores painterly surfaces and characteristics.

This three-part work echoes forms, textures and colours found on the forest floor such as bark, rock, fungal growth, twigs, holes and general detritus. The out-sized robin’s nest stands apart, but is linked in form via the arched twigs.

‘Forest Floor’ – ceramic and mixed media.

‘Forest Floor’ – ceramic and mixed media.


Susan West

Involute (Homage to Hepworth). Rope, mostly recycled, whipping twine and steel.

I am usually a 2D artist and this is my first venture into sculpture. This work is inspired by waves and by Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture of the same name.

Involute (Homage to Hepworth). Rope, mostly recycled, whipping twine and steel.

Involute (Homage to Hepworth). Rope, mostly recycled, whipping twine and steel.


Sue Barry

Bark. Felt, bark and twigs.

Sculpture inspired by walks through the Outwoods. Stopping and looking around me, observing beautiful bark found on the trees and woodland floor, taking in the beauty of the natural landscape.

Created using hand wet felting techniques, mixed media and willow.
Sue is a mixed media artist who has worked as a Community Artist, across the East Midlands, for 25 years.

Bark. Felt, bark and twigs.


Pam Everard

“Counting Blessings II”. Found objects.

There is so much to enjoy in the woods but it’s hard to stay in the moment and focus on the present. When in the present for long enough to hear/see/smell/feel something special Pam rewards herself by picking something resembling a tally stick off the ground. For the last few weeks she has collected sticks in this way and has arranged them appropriately to see how well she can discipline her mind.

“Counting Blessings II”. Found objects.

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