05 Jun 2019
Forest of Imagination works across the city with primary and secondary schools inviting them to take part in the Forest. Two school days, running this year on Friday 21st June and Monday 24th June, will see schools participating in the Forest for free.
The two schools days will include a wide range of workshops run by artists, architects, musicians, teachers, volunteers – these workshops will allow the students to get involved with a myriad of activities setting into action a powerful generator of curiosity and creativity.
Workshops include The Egg of the Giant Ogulon run by the brilliant House of Fairy Tales, who are back for their sixth Forest. Bath artists Jess Palmer will be unveiling her Drawing Imaginarium and Alison Harper will be working on her Red Threads installation. Ceramicist, Clare Day will be back working with her Clay Forest once again, with support from Potclays Studio. Artists Matt Leece and Ray Clarke will be running their workshop B Lab, Matt Cleary is back with his audio and multi-sensory screen-dance installation Glimpse, Luke Woodbury will explore the theme of ‘lifelong inspiration from nature’ with his Small World Installations.
Architects from FCB Studios will be running Waste As Art workshops, which have been taking place across the city in the run-up to Forest of Imagination, visiting schools and organisations to encourage students to build Eco-Bricks – a building product created exclusively from single-use waste plastic which can be used to design and create buildings, structures and sculptures. Highlighting the sheer scale of Western consumption and waste production of single-use plastic.
Artist Alma Foster will run, Follow Your Creativity, an interactive installation and House of Imagination will host a Pop-Up Maker City.
Dr Penny Hay, co-founder of Forest of Imagination, Director of Research, 5x5x5=creativity and Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, Bath Spa University:
“One of our aims with Forest this year is to offer as fully inclusive an event as possible. As well as partnering with top local and international artists, we’re working with over 20 schools to show how nature can inspire our curiosity and imagination. There’ll be a mix of creative workshops and installations for all ages – highlighting the value of green urban spaces and experiences in promoting wellbeing and community engagement.”