Forest of Imagination


Collaboration = Creativity
26 Jun 2017

Collaboration = Creativity

A forest is one of the best classrooms. Children, playing outdoors, learn through first-hand experiences and in cooperation with others. They play with ideas, thoughts and materials in a safe environment. To help the Forest of Imagination to create these outdoor classrooms and workshop spaces we supported a range of collaborations, partnerships and teamwork between disciplines and industries to support and offer new perspective in...

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Forest Fosters Democratic Learning between Industry, Students & Disciplines
26 Jun 2017

Forest Fosters Democratic Learning between Industry, Students & Disciplines

Forest of Imagination believes that learning and education should be participatory, empowering and democratic, which is why collaboration is encouraged and propagated between different industries, businesses, students, schools, leaders, pupils and artists. The BookyBall is a structure that has been designed and built by a collaboration between students from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, alongside architects from Bath-based, architectural and urban design...

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Explore: The Hideaway a House of Imagination
26 Jun 2017

Explore: The Hideaway a House of Imagination

Students from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath have collaborated, alongside architects from Bath-based, architectural and urban design practice, FCB Studios, engineering consultants and specialists, Buro Happold and Bath University Teaching Fellow, Toby Lewis BSC MA RIBA to create a series of unique bespoke installations. The Hideaway is a House of Imagination for artists, storytellers, musicians and dancers. It takes the form of...

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Bath Uni Students, FCB Studios & Buro Happold Collaborate to Create a Cocoon Sculpture
26 Jun 2017

Bath Uni Students, FCB Studios & Buro Happold Collaborate to Create a Cocoon Sculpture

The bedrock of the Forest of Imagination is collaboration. This year, students from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath worked alongside architects from Bath-based, architectural and urban design practice, FCB Studios, engineering consultants and specialists, Buro Happold and Bath University Teaching Fellow, Toby Lewis BSC MA RIBA to create installations. The brief was to create a series of unique, bespoke installations, Houses of Imagination,...

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Discover a Cocoon Workshop Under a Beech Tree
26 Jun 2017

Discover a Cocoon Workshop Under a Beech Tree

Bath textile artist Alison Harper, is returning to the Forest of Imagination this year and will be running a Cocoon Workshop and Cocoonery situated underneath a beautiful and enormous Beech Tree in Bushey Norwood. Forest visitors will have the pleasure of visiting Alison in her Cocconery to make their very own Cocoons and discover what creatures sleep in and create Cocoons. The lower leaves of the...

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23 Jun 2017

Dame Helen Ghosh Supports Forest of Imagination

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General at the National Trust has personally pledged her support of the Forest of Imagination, stating: “We want to make sure children and their families can enjoy exciting and memorable outdoor experiences and be inspired to protect the environment. This is why we are so pleased to support the Forest of Imagination and we are sure it will be a great success.”...

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Re-imagining Childhood – A focus on the importance of childhood & creativity
22 Jun 2017

Re-imagining Childhood – A focus on the importance of childhood & creativity

This is a particularly exciting year for Forest as, charity 5x5x5=Creativity, an arts-based action research organisation, launches: Re-imagining Childhood event, in conjunction with Forest of Imagination. Re-imagining Childhood brings together a wonderful group of leading thinkers and creative professionals to explore the possibility of a different kind of childhood for our children, one that values the power of the imagination, focusing on the importance of childhood, debating child rights, human...

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© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017
21 Jun 2017

Spectacular Aerocene Sculpture to Fly at Forest

The schools of art, architecture and science collide with the spectacular floating Aerocene sculptures that will fly high above Bushey Norwood exclusively for the Forest of Imagination this year from 30th June until 2nd July. Harnessing wind currents and the heat of the sun, these incredible air-fuelled sculptures reach up to eight metres in size and are completely emission free. The Aerocene Project, is a remarkable exploration into navigation, architecture,...

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The Giant Tiny Ant Quest: Discover AR at Forest
19 Jun 2017

The Giant Tiny Ant Quest: Discover AR at Forest

An exciting and exhilarating adventure will take place everyday at Forest of Imagination: The Giant Tiny Ant Quest, will see small forest explorers taken on a quest to discover a Queen Ant, a wonderful ants nest and an augmented reality view of life inside an ant colony. The Tiny Giant Ant Quest is a brilliant collaboration between Anthony Head, Bristol Zoo Gardens, The House of Fairy Tales and...

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Create a Fantastical Forest Map
19 Jun 2017

Create a Fantastical Forest Map

Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination are joining Forest of Imagination this year, on a mission to inspire children and adults to develop their own curiosity and imagination! The organisation will run a workshop at Forest developing a fantastical map of Forest of Imagination, bringing together real and imaginary journeys and stories. The workshop, which will be run by CCI artists, will be structured into a series of games, inviting you...

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Immerse yourself in sound and discover: I am an Insect!
13 Jun 2017

Immerse yourself in sound and discover: I am an Insect!

This year, Forest of Imagination are delighted that Martyn Ware, now a Trustee of Forest of Imagination, is back. Martyn, and his son, Gabriel Ware have composed and created a unique, playful and immersive sound experience for Forest of Imagination, which will be hidden in a forest dell in the ancient meadowland of Bushey Norwood.  Martyn Ware found fame at the height of the new wave, electronic and synthpop music era...

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