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 50 sculptures in the collection and the forest welcomes over 200,000 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. The artists will be encouraged to reflect and connect with nature for the full six week period. 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 30 July – 11 September 2021 inclusively.

Each artist will receive a £1,000 stipend, £1,000 for materials and £100 towards travel costs. Please note that there is no public transport in the Grizedale area, cars and bikes can however be hired.

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 open studios event, the chance to have an online exhibition and artist talk.

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


David Nash


David Nash (b. 1945, Esher, Surrey) has built up an international reputation as a sculptor in a career spanning fifty years. After studying at Kingston College of Art he moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog, north Wales in 1967, a place he had spent many family childhood holidays, before returning briefly to London for postgraduate study at Chelsea College of Art. His first solo exhibition was held in York in 1973, since when there have been numerous large-scale solo exhibitions all over the world, many with site-specific projects. Following Richard Harris, David Nash was the second residency artist at Grizedale in 1978 and created site-specific sculptures in the forest. His work is featured in countless group exhibitions and held in public art galleries and private collections worldwide. Although known primarily for his sculptures in wood, some of which are planted works, drawing has also been a cornerstone of his practice. Throughout his career he has maintained a studio in Blaenau Ffestiniog, working with the seasons and elements. His work was recently celebrated in a major retrospective at National Museum Wales, Cardiff and Towner Gallery Eastbourne with an accompanying publication David Nash 200 Seasons at Capel Rhiw.

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.

Nia Roberts

After studying textile design Nia Roberts forged a career with various arts organisations, often working on pivotal projects, from founding the BAFTA Cymru Screen and Television Awards in the early 1990’s; the Artes Mundi International Visual Art Prize in the early 2000’s, to establishing the presence of Wales as a key Collateral Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art for the Arts Council of Wales. She started working with visual artists in the mid 1990’s at Cywaith Cymru . Artworks Wales, then the national organisation for public art in Wales, fostering links with many sculptors and artists working in the public realm. The ethos of the organisation, and the way it nurtured artists, giving them varied opportunities to develop ideas and projects, has had a lasting impact. In a move back to her native north Wales in 2008 she worked as Centre Manager at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre for Wales, before returning to the visual arts and currently manages various site-specific projects and special exhibitions at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw on the Llyn peninsula.


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 Thursday 01 April 2021.

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 week commencing 19 April 2021.

Interviews will be held 04 May 2021 in person in Manchester (or via Zoom), shortlisted candidates must be available on this date. The winners will be announced Friday 07 May 2021.


Closing Date01 April 2021, 5pm
Entrants notified of resultsWC 19 April 2021
Interviews in Manchester04 May 2021
Winners announcement07 May 2021


This opportunity is subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

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