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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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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.

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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