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 new opportunity based at Grizedale Forest is an annual intensive six week long residency that fosters experimentation and innovation in response to the natural environment. A Royal Society of Sculptors member will be paired with an early-career sculptor (2nd/ 3rd year student or post graduate from universities based 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 2 August – 13 September 2019 inclusively.


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. The exhibition will run 20 September – 31 December 2019 and 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.

Each artist will receive a £1,000 stipend plus £1,000 towards materials.

This award is generously supported by the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust.


Clare Burnett

President of the Royal Society of Sculptors

Clare Burnett is President of the Royal Society of Sculptors. In her practice she tackles the dilemmas of 21st century living – technology, consumerism, migration - and how we find compromises to navigate them. Using wood, stainless steel, bronze, concrete, resin, plastic and clay, she sites works in groups or in locations that draw gentle attention to the issue in question. Clare has completed site-specific installations in spaces such as Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation, Brompton and Norwood Cemeteries and Bishopsgate Square. She has shown outdoor sculpture at Meadow Arts, Cheeseburn, Hannah Peschar and Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer. Solo exhibitions include Leighton House Museum, William Benington Gallery and the University of Leeds and she has shown at the RA, the National Gallery, the Jerwood Space, the RIBA and the Royal Society of Sculptors. She is represented in the UK by William Benington Gallery.

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:

Students – £7.50

Society members – £22.50


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.

The closing deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 1 March 2019. 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 11 March 2019. Student interviews will be held 15 March 2019 in Manchester, Society member interviews will be held in London on 25 March 2019. The winners will be announced 29 March 2019.


Deadline for applications5pm Friday 1 March 2019
Entrants notified of results11 March 2019
Student Interviews in Manchester15 March 2019
Society Member interviews in London25 March 2019
Winners announcement29 March 2019
Exhibition at Forest Artworks Project Space20 September – 31 December 2019

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