Haldon Programmes

April-June 2006

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15 April-21 May

Forest Dreaming part 1

The experience of entering a forest stimulates our imagination and sharpens all our senses. The feelings it can evoke range from ones of fear and mystery to those of enchantment and wonder.

Launch of the Project Space with our Chairman Peter Young on left. Photo Chris Lewis.

This year-long evolving exhibition showed work by over 50 artists who had responded in different ways to the forest environment. It was organised in eight parts and was researched in consultation with curator Angela Kingston and with the help of Stuart Arnold, a student at Bath Spa University. Part eight showed documentation of Jamie McCullough’s Beginner’s Way created in Haldon Forest in the 1980s.


Artists in part one included Stephen Chambers, Michael Cullimore, David Nash, Julian Perry, Martin Prothero, Helen Sear, Rosie Snell and Annelies Strba.

General views of Forest Dreaming part 1. Photos Chris Lewis and Harris McMillan.

Sam Mukumba residency

27 May–5 June. A residency with artist Sam Mukumba transformed the Project Space as his studio and he led projects in the surrounding forest that invited public participation, culminating on World Environment Day 5 June. Sam was a recent graduate from the Social Sculpture course led by Shelley Sacks at Oxford Brookes University.

One workshop involved casting a number of bowls in molten beeswax. Participants were asked to find a tree seedling growing in an unsuitable place – typically, a roof gutter or along a road – and replant it in a bowl. Seedlings were collected and replanted in the forest later that year.

Sam Mukumba, seedling in a cast beeswax bowl. Photo Chris Lewis.

Towards the end of the residency, Sam made a wood-fired oven using clay from the forest and recycled materials. The public were invited to bring dough and toppings and make their own pizzas.

Sam helping visitors to prepare their pizzas. Photo Chris Lewis.

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University of the Trees long-term project: First meeting

During the period of establishing CCANW at Haldon, Clive had several meetings with Shelley Sacks over the University of the Trees project which was to become an important influence on its programme, leading to the idea of a long-term collaboration and away from the idea of a conventional forest sculpture trail. It also led to the first and impactful artist residency with Sam Mukumba, a recent graduate from Shelley’s MA Social Sculpture and Connective Practice course at Oxford Brookes University.

Research Wagon for University of the Trees and CCANW. Haldon Forest 2006. Photo Chris Lewis.

A first public event to develop the University of the Trees in the Haldon Forest was held in May 2006 when Shelley, Johanna, Lillian Sum, James Reed and John Evans tried out the golden circle around a tree and a prototype white felt sling. Further main events were held in June 2007, June and July 2008, and March and November 2011 (see University of the Trees).


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