Known as the First Forest for Sculpture in the UK and made up of 3,000 hectares of managed woodland located within the Lake District National Park, Grizedale is a unique place for visitors of all ages to enjoy art in the landscape 365 days a year. There are currently 40 sculptures in the collection and the forest welcomes over 250,000 visitors each year.

This opportunity for two artists to be based at Grizedale Forest is an annual intensive six week long residency that aims to foster experimentation and innovation in response to the natural environment. A Royal Society of Sculptors member will be paired with an early-career sculptor (those having completed an undergraduate degree within the last five years and also living and working in the North West) to explore how creative ideas can evolve and how new ideas and innovative thinking can cross generations of artistic practice.

The residency will run from 31 July – 11 September 2020 inclusively.

Each artist will receive a £1,000 stipend, £1,000 for materials and £100 towards travel costs.

This award is generously supported by the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust



Two sculptors who work in any medium will be selected to work side by side, enabling them to explore, test and develop new ideas and processes. The key aim of this residency will be to encourage a shared verbal and visual dialogue between the two artists and ultimately inspire and further the language of their individual practice.

Throughout the residency each artist will have access to a studio in the heart of the forest and will be given an introduction to how the forest is managed from forestry through to wildlife, from the team based at Grizedale.

Accommodation is based a short drive away on the outskirts of Satterthwaite village in Low Bowkerstead, a Grade II listed traditional 17th Century cottage.

The opportunity also includes an exhibition of work produced during the residency at the Forest Artworks Project Space, this will be supported by a programme of talks and events. There is no additional fee for the exhibition and the selected artists are expected to give a talk about their projects at the launch of the exhibition.

A short film will also be created exploring how the residency has developed and the impact of it on work of the sculptors.


Clare Burnett

President of the Royal Society of Sculptors

Clare Burnett is a British artist, raised in France and Belgium and working in London. She is President of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Her work is a process-led response to the issues, objects and spaces around her. She scavenges from her surroundings; plays with, reconfigures and transforms her ‘finds’ in the studio; then arranges them in groups to create interactions with each other and the space beyond. Clare studied Architecture and Social and Political Studies at Cambridge University and Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art. Solo and group shows include Leighton House Museum; William Benington Gallery; the University of Leeds; Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer; the Royal Academy; the National Gallery; the Jerwood Space; the RIBA; and the Royal Society of Sculptors in the UK; Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum in Taiwan and Studio Block M74 in Mexico. She has completed site-specific installations in spaces such as Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation, France; Brompton and Norwood Cemeteries and Bishopsgate Square. London. This year her first public sculpture was installed in China.

Hazel Stone

Arts Development Manager, North England Forest District

Hazel Stone is the Arts Development Manager for the Forestry Commission covering the North of England Forest District. With a specialism in sculpture, Hazel is leading the development of the renowned Grizedale Forest Sculpture collection in the Lake District and the establishment of its contemporary exhibition programme. Previous roles include curator of the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Director of Curious Planet, artist and lecturer.


The entry fees are:

Early Career Artists – £8.00

Society members – £23.00


To complete this application, please provide the following:

  • Five images of recent work
  • A CV of no more than two pages long
  • A statement telling us how an exchange of ideas might impact your practice (200 words)
  • A statement telling us how you might use the forest context to inform your project (200 words)

The closing deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 15 April 2020.

Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive feedback will not be given at this stage. Notification of all results will be sent by email on 20 April 2020.

Interviews will be held 01 May 2020 in Manchester, shortlisted candidates must be available on this date. The winners will be announced 07 May 2020.


Closing Date15 April 2020, 5pm
Entrants notified of results20 April 2020
Interviews in Manchester01 May 2020
Winners announcement07 May 2020
Exhibition at Forest Artworks Project SpaceSeptember 2020

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