Haldon Programmes

July-September 2008

View PDF Programme

19 July-14 September 2008

Wonder Wood: Inspirational Contemporary Designers from the South West


Wonder Wood was the climax of the series of exhibitions in the year-long Wood Culture festival which celebrated the beauty, usefulness and sustainability of wood and explored its many uses in contemporary architecture and design.

Introduction panel with list of designers

General view of Wonder Wood exhibition. Photo Chris Lewis.

See also:

The exhibition drew on the work of 20 designers in wood across the South West region, from established makers to this year’s graduates, ranging from innovative steam-bent seating to a woven boat and a timber bicycle.

University of the Trees: International Forum

UOT continued with an International Forum 26/27 July. This intensive two-day event took place in the UOT Main Forum arena for reflective exchanges and gatherings, created with ‘tree partners’ in Haldon Forest. The event highlighted that UOT is a long-term international network project for ‘re-schooling the senses’ and developing capacities for the future.

The discussion included a focus on the ways in which ‘the ecological crisis is an opportunity for consciousness’ and responsible engagement in shaping a humane and ecologically viable future. Shelley Sacks, two UOT advisors – Dr Chris Seeley, Dr Volker Harlan, and Dieter Schumacher, from the UOT group in Darmstadt, Germany, led the all-day workshops which included connective practices with several ‘instruments of consciousness’ such as the Sling (Mobile Lab 1), as well as lectures and discussion in the UOT Main Forum (see University of the Trees) .


  • 26-27 July: International Forum University of the Trees
  • 27 July: Sunset Serenade event
  • 2-3 August: Family workshop
  • 6 August: Family workshop/National Playday with Johanna Korndorfer. Photos CCANW.
  • 12-15, 16-17 August: Promenade theatre and workshops
  • 16 August: Art in the Park.Photos Chris Lewis.
  • 20-24 August: Dance/movement workshop with Soma:Terra:Para
  • 26 August: Woodworking in Scotland and Japan talk
  • 31 August: Singing Stroll
  • 20 September: Film/talk Becoming Wildlife with artist Salma Lilarasa Nathoo
  • 9 October: Talk by Jez Ralph on Wood Studio summer school in Helsinki.

6 September-30 November 2008

Ghosts in the Wood

Exhibition in the forest

Why, in an increasingly urban world, do we still have a primal connection to the wild places and with folklore and mythology? In Ghosts in the Wood, artist Mike Smallcombe explored our need to create narratives to make sense of a fast-changing world, through large photographic images in Haldon Forest.

Ghosts in the Wood installation by Mike Smallcombe. Photo visualisation Mike Smallcombe.

Casting for local people to be featured in the 6x8ft photographs shown at Haldon took place in March. The images were printed on to waterproof canvas and held high in the trees by a special pulley system.

Mike secured his own funding from the Arts Council for this project which toured to the Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland and the Grizedale Forest in the Lake District.


20-28 September

Riding on Empty: Designing our travel infrastructure for the end of oil


Fourth Door Research’s Cycle Station Project exhibition envisioned a next stage for the National Cycle Network as a fully developed alternative zero energy transport and travel infrastructure. Riding on Empty also featured research connecting new media, bicycle design and transit infrastructure issues to sustainability and ecological understanding. Curated by Oliver Lowenstein.

General view of Riding on Empty exhibition. Photo Chris Lewis.

See also:


  • 26 September: Forum Riding on Empty
Next Page

October-December 2008

Press enter to search or esc to cancel